The New York Times published, “Parrot Know About PTSD? An unexpected bond between damaged birds and traumatized veterans could reveal surprising insights into animal intelligence,” on 1-28-16. This is a fascinating article that provides background information about the needs of both human vets with PTSD and parrots, which are highly social creatures, which have been dislocated from a flock and often abused. The article goes on to describe a fascinating program that unites traumatized vets and parrots, and the amazing benefits for both species. The birds are “so attuned to being socially responsive that they can easily transfer that to (humans).” The program has created a structure that is “mutually healing” for birds and humans.
This article may not be directly relevant to the practice of most mental health professionals, but offers fascinating, and heartwarming, information about a creative program.