In this episode of Be Well at USask, as part of a series focusing on mental health during Mental Health Week, Peter Hedley talks to Alexandria Pavelich and and Holly McKenzie about the USask PAWS Your Stress Therapy Dog Program. They discuss how mental health and well-being is supported through their program, the role that the Student Wellness Centre and other community partners have in supporting USask community wellness, and evidence-based facts regarding the benefit of human-animal interaction.
University of Saskatchewan Media Release, May 11, 2020 New USask podcast series focuses on mental health, wellness amid COVID-19.
Members of our Paws Your Stress Therapy Dog program team, Drs. Colleen Anne Dell and Holly McKenzie, got an opportunity to speak with Anna Stone from the Carleton University Therapy Dog Program. Both of our programs moved online at the start of the pandemic so there has been much to learn from one other. You can watch the podcast here!
Members of our team, Dr. Holly McKenzie and Ben Carey were recently featured on the ReBalance Kinetics podcast with Lana Welchman, to talk about the transition of our therapy dog program from in person to online. You can watch the podcast here!
Canadian Sociological Association Conference.
Dell, C.A., Williamson, L., McKenzie, H., Carey, B., Cruz, M., Gibson, M., Pavelich, A. (Forthcoming). “A Commentary about Lessons Learned: Transitioning a Therapy Dog Program Online during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. Animals. Special Edition - Social Isolation and the Roles That Animals Play in Supporting the Lives of Humans: Lessons for COVID-19. Guest Editor, Dr. Aubrey Fine.