Dogs are sweet. Dr. Michelle Olexa, a Ship professor and psychologist at the Counseling Center, knows this. When the going gets rough, she gets ruff. Lots of ruff. During finals week Dr. Olexa invites her four-legged friends from Chambersburg’s Kindly Canines to spend the day at Ship. The service dogs and their handlers provide moral support for stressed students.
Olexa says this “fur therapy” can lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, giving
students a much-needed reprieve. That’s paw-some. The group’s next scheduled visit is in April for Ship’s annual Health and Wellness Fair.
Dogs aren’t the only animals offering free psychology visits. Dr. Olexa says horses may be galloping your way in the warmer months. To learn more, email Dr. Olexa at MMOlex@ship.edu. For more puppies, check out SUTV’s coverage of last year’s Health and Wellness fair.