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OT students meet therapy dogs

PHOTO: OT students with therapy dogs

A few students from the Occupational Therapy Class of 2018 had the opportunity to visit with a couple of JMU celebrities.  Francis, a Border collie mix, is the veteran teaching Wicket the ropes. Wicket and Francis are two therapy dogs who work at the JMU Counseling Center. Most of the time these therapy dogs work one on one with a student in a therapy session with a counselor. However, these two do make appearances at Student Success Center or hang out at the libraries to assist students in coping with stress. Learning how to cope is a skill within our domain that occupational therapists may need to address with clients. Additionally, the use of animal assisted therapy for graduate and undergraduate students can be a very beneficial and effective resource to have. It is easy to forget about school and hard not to smile with Wicket and Francis around! 

PHOTO: OT students with therapy dogs

 

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