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2017 State System Summit

Session 17

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2017 State System Summit

13-15 University Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

Hiram G. Martinez
2017 Summit Chairperson
Phone: 610-436-2433

Reaching Under-served Students through Animal Assisted Interventions

  • 3:00 PM – 3:55 PM

This workshop will discuss a successful animal assisted intervention program in a college counseling setting in order to facilitate participants' knowledge of how to implement such programs on their campus. The presenters will discuss how to utilize animal assisted activities as outreach programming and provide outcome data on the effectiveness of the program. In addition, a rationale for how animal assisted activities fit within a social justice framework and can aid in reaching under-served college students will be discussed.


Alexander Hazzard, WCU Student Volunteer


Dr. Lisa House, Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at Millersville University
Dr. House, a licensed Psychologist, received her B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University in 2002 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 2008. Dr. House engages in direct clinical practice with college students, participates in service and outreach activities, and conducts scholarly research. Dr. House has participated in numerous trainings in best practices in conducting therapy with diverse populations. Her areas of interest include multicultural/diversity issues, college student suicide prevention, pet therapy, and light box therapy.

Ms. Chelsea Neal, Graduate Student at Millersville University
Chelsea Neal is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at Millersville University. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Counseling Psychology at East Stroudsburg University in 2014. Her areas of interest include racial identity development, attachment, and developmental psychology.