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Kutztown University's Counseling and Psychological Services to Sponsor Canine Therapy Sessions

January 30, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Counseling and Psychological Services will sponsor canine therapy sessions throughout the spring semester, on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 20; Tuesday, March 26; and Tuesday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the McFarland Student Union Multipurpose Room (218). 

Participants will be able to pet and play with trained therapy dogs, and reap the benefits of interacting with canines without having to own the animal. Hypoallergenic dogs will also be available. 

"There's a lot of research on the human-companion animal bond," said Dr. Aimee Adams, a licensed psychologist and assistant professor with KU's Counseling and Psychological Services. "Animal interactions have been shown to decrease blood pressure, improve well-being and facilitate socialization. Students often have to leave a beloved pet at home when they come to college. We're hoping these events will give everyone the chance to acquire some of the animal companionship that they crave." 

Dogs for these events will be provided by Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs and other local therapy dog groups. A representative from the counseling center will be available at each event, with information about the counseling and psychological resources at KU. 

Faculty, staff and community members are also welcome to join the therapy animals and their handlers. 

For more information about the benefits provided by trained therapy dogs, please visit http://lvtherapydogs.org/.

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