Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) teamed up with University Libraries and Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy (PRAAT) to host an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program during a “Let’s Talk” session in the Melville Library lobby during Finals Week.
Beau, accompanied by his parents, Linda and Roger, spent two hours in the Melville Library this past Wednesday, December 9th, de-stressing students via his cuteness. Beau was in a roped off session of the library so students could individually spend time petting him in an attempt to relax during this stressful time of the semester.
While students waited for their turn with Beau, they were given a chance to talk with CAPS counselors and partake in other stress decreasing activities, such as contributing to “After Finals, I Will…” mural and grabbing a free stress-balls.
Be on the lookout for more AAT programs next semester! CAPS is hoping to expand the program by hosting more library and group sessions in CAPS throughout the semester!
Thank you Jenn Penn, a Triage Counselor at CAPS, Kathleen Maxheimer, a University Libraries Outreach Strategist, and Linda, Roger, and Beau, PRAAT Volunteers, for all the work you have put into this program!