List of Publications

Please find the list of research publication here.
Should you seek of having a full version of one of our papers please feel free to contact our office through:

      1. Antonioli, Christian/Revelely, Michael. Randomized controlled trial of animal facilitated therapy with dolphins in the treatment of depression. British Medical Journal, 331,1231 – 1234, English.
      2. Beeck, Fraucke. Selbstwirksamkeitserleben in der Delphintherapie. German.
      3. Birch, S. Dolphin therapy effects: a hypothesis. English.
      4. Breitenbach E., Stumpf E. Tiergestützte Therapie mit Delfinen. Olbrich E., Otterstedt C. (Hrsg.), Menschen brauchen Tiere – Grundlage und Praxis der tiergestützten Pädagogik und Therapie. Kosmos Verlag, German.
      5. Breitenbach E., Fersen L., Stumpf E., Ebert H. Delfintherapie für Kinder mit Behinderungen – Analyse und Erklärung der Wirksamkeit. Würzburg: Edition Bentheim Verlag, German.
      6. Cole, David. Electroencephalographic Results of Human-Dolphin Interaction: A Sonophoresis Model. English, German.
      7. Cole, David. Neuro-Electrical Effects of Human Dolphin Interaction and Sono-Chemical Hypothesis. English.
      8. Humphries, T.L. (2003). Effectiveness of dolphin assisted therapy as a behavioral intervention for young children with disabilities. Bridges: Practice-Based Research Synthesis 1(6): 1-9.
      9. Klingel, Marianne. The full circle program: utilizing marine mammal rehabilitation activities in the dolphin assisted therapy process. English.
      10. Kohn, Nicole. Delphintherapie, Untersuchung zur therapeutischen Wirksamkeit. German, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang. German.
      11. Kuhnert, Kirsten. Delphintherapie – Beweis eines Wunder. German.
      12. Kulkies, Tanja. Delfintherapie – Effektivitätsnachweis anhand einer empirischen Untersuchung. München. Heinrich Hugendubel Verlag. German.
      13. Lindeblad, Susan. The effect of a unique stimulus, (swimming with dolphins).
      14. Lukina, L.N. Influence of dolphin assisted therapy sessions on the functional state of children with psycho neurological symptoms of diseases. Human Physiology, English.
      15. Mersch, Alexa. Der Delphin als Medium in der Therapie. German.
      16. Nathanson, D. E., & de Faria, S., (1993). Cognitive improvement of children in water with and without dolphins. Anthrozoös, 6, 17-29. English.
      17. Nathanson, David. Long-term effectiveness of dolphin-assisted therapy for children with severe disabilities. Anthrozoös, 11, 22-32, English.
      18. Oerter, Dr. Prof. Rolf. Gutachten zur Wirksamkeit der Delphintherapie. German.
      19. Ruhfus, Stefanie. Delphintherapie-Eine Ergänzung zur ergo therapeutischen Behandlung im pädiatrischen Arbeitsfeld, German.
      20. Scheer, Michael. Delphinisches Heilverhalten. German.
      21. Scheer, Michael/Hofmann, Bianka/Behr, Itay. Ethoprogram of selected behaviors initiated by free-ranging short- finnes pilot whales and directed to human swimmers during open water encounters. English.
      22. Schwer, Sophie. The concept of the therapy in dolphin reef. English.
      23. Stencel, Zita. Findings to the communication between dolphin and child. English, German.
      24. Laemmermann, Nicole. Evaluation of the efficacy of dolphin assisted therapy.
      25. von Domarus, Ann-Kristin. Effects of dolphin-assisted therapy, (DAT), on motor function of the upper extremities in children with disabilities. German.

Application in Steps


List of diagnoses
Because of our wealth of expertise in so many facets of dolphin therapy, the CDTC offers therapy for an extensive list of special needs and psychological conditions.
We have listed some of the areas in which we can help ..


After having discussed the program with your regular doctor or therapist, and received his/her approval, you can easily apply for the dolphin assisted therapy program at CDTC. There are several steps in the application process. We will analyse the patient's unique condition and help you make decisions.


Over the years several foundations have been established to provide financial support to patients and their families who wish to participate in the Dolphin Assisted Therapy Program in Curaçao.
On this page you will learn about the different foundations that are active in various regions in The Netherlands, Germany & the USA.