Rebecca Leonardi

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PhD student
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Working Title of PhD: Paws for Progress: Evaluation of a Dog Training Rehabilitation Programme
Synopsis: In the pioneering project ‘Paws for Progress’, male young offenders are taught how to train and rehabilitate rescue dogs for re-homing. Under guidance of professionals, participants learn to work as a team and use positive reinforcement methods to help the dogs. The project concept was the result of comprehensive reviews and consultations that identified the key needs of Scottish male young offenders, identifying ways in which an animal-assisted intervention could contribute to their progress and development.
Year commenced PhD study: 2012 (Full-time)
Institution: University of Stirling
PhD Supervisors: Prof Gill McIvor, Prof Hannah Buchanan-Smith, Dr Sarah-Jane Vick
Keywords: Animal interaction, rehabilitation, psychology, young offenders