I chose a college counseling center for my second-year practicum with the intention of strengthening my psychotherapy skills (as mentioned previously, my first-year site was a psychiatry unit, which fostered a short-term, assessment-based “medical” model) – I have found, however, that a college site comes with a range of other perks. There’s always so much going on on-campus: film screenings, performances, talks, dinners, people dressed cuter than me, and… dogs. Today was Therapy Dogs Day at Wheelock. That basically means that two dogs came in and everyone sat around poking at them and “awww”ing. And it was pretty awesome.
Most people I know, particularly many of my clients/students, report that animals serve as an effective stress reliever. As someone who has three cats and a dog, I can completely relate. I always wonder what it is about animals that promotes such a sense of ease. Sometimes I think that being with pets, given their lack of linguistic and social structures, allows us to default to a more basic rugged emotional way of relating and being. Or maybe they’re just cute.
Overall, Therapy Dogs Day was a success (not that it took much for it to be a success). Just another day in the life of a college-counseling intern. If you’re interested in further developing your psychotherapy skills, I definitely recommend pursuing a college counseling center for your practicum or internship as such a site gives you access to all of the playful and educational opportunities and resources available on-campus. You also get to learn all of the hip new lingo (I’m still in my twenties, but – I swear – the word “vibin’,” a word I regularly use now like I’m some huge goofball, was not in the vernacular when I was in college). Anyways, below are some pictures detailing some other recent on-campus attractions in which we interns participated.