The mental health of law enforcement officers is an ever increasing problem, with our nation’s police officers seeing a constant increase in things like PTSD, depression, and other mental illnesses. However, mental health is already a highly stigmatized topic that is not commonly addressed, and a police subculture of strength and toughness just reinforces that stigma and makes it that much harder for police officers struggling with these issues to get help. This project combines innovation with research to come up with a way to try and improve the mental health of those officers struggling. It provides a manual for the implementation of an animal assisted therapy program with the goal of improving law enforcement mental health, an objective that has an immense need among the law enforcement population.
Dr. Laura Fullenkamp
First Advisor Department
Dr. Meagan Docherty
Second Advisor Department
Purvis, Melena, "Animal Assisted Therapy on Law Enforcement Mental Health: A Therapy Dog Implementation Guide" (2020). Honors Projects. 508.