Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

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Thesis or dissertation

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Submitted to the Program of Organizational Dynamics in the Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Larry Starr


The purpose of this capstone is to describe several aspects of using an Animal-Assisted Intervention in a coaching model. My assumptions and arguments are based on eighteen years of volunteer work using dogs in hospital environments as well as the use of horses in therapeutic applications. The format for my capstone is framed by four courses completed in the Organizational Dynamics program each of which addresses a core component of my coaching model. Topics addressed include the background of Animal-Assisted Interventions and possible applications to a coaching environment (DYNM 641 The Art and Science of Organizational Coaching); a discussion of the ownership of the animals involved in a coaching role (DYNM 671Ownership Matters); an analysis of the various risks that might be encountered in such a business (DYNM 604 Risk Management); and finally, my personal stories that support my belief that I can launch a viable enterprise using animals in a coaching environment (DYNM 673 Stories in Organizations).



Date Posted: 19 May 2010

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