ERIC Number: EJ1049752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Therapy Dogs on Campus: Recommendations for Counseling Center Outreach
Daltry, Rachel M.; Mehr, Kristin E.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v29 n1 p72-78 2015
This article describes the design and implementation of a dog therapy outreach program through the counseling center at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Two main goals were identified for this program: (a) provide stress relief and comfort to students across campus, and (b) increase potential access to counseling services and improve perceptions of the department by providing students with the opportunity to interact with department members outside of the office. Collected student responses appear to support the stated goals. Recommendations for other counseling centers are provided in developing this type of outreach programming.
Descriptors: Therapy, Animals, Outreach Programs, Counseling Services, School Counseling, College Students, Stress Management, Access to Health Care, Attitude Change, Interaction, Student Attitudes, Counseling Techniques, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania