Animal Assisted Groupwork
Sometimes switching it up and working with animals is a way to really
access people in quite another way. Humans are hard-wired to be
interested in animals and the environment, our survival depended on this
millenia ago. Awareness of and interest in animals and the environment
replaces survival concerns.
Humans are generally fascinated
by and want to be with neonotonized animals, those with cute faces and
big eyes, mostly mammals.
Sometime animals come with histories of trauma and neglect, stories that people can relate to only to well. Exploring the backstory to a particular animal, watching progress and recovery can help people along their own change paths; seeing the value of small milestones, seeing persistence and the value of consistency.