CAPS is pleased to announce that we are now offering canine-assisted therapy. Canine-assisted therapy incorporates the presence of a dog during a counseling session. Dogs can reduce stress and help a student feel more comfortable discussing difficult issues.

CAPS has two canine therapists (CTs), Bell and Toby, who are each on campus one day a week. 

How it works:

  • A student can request a CT through their therapist. If the therapist feels that it is clinically appropriate, the therapist can book the CT and include them in a session with a student.
  • Anyone who requests for a CT will be asked to sign a consent form where they acknowledge that they don’t have allergies or a fear of dogs.
  • There is no limit on how many times a student can book a CT as long as they have a scheduled session with their therapist/therapy group and the therapist feels that it is clinically appropriate.
  • CTs are present only when scheduled by therapists for individual or group sessions.
  • CTs cannot be scheduled as a session alone with the student. The dogs are just companions in a session with our therapist.