P06. Cura Personalis by Way of a Therapy Dog
In 2011 the Theresa and Edward O’Toole Library at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey began hosting a therapy dog on the first floor of the library during exam periods. This poster session will showcase the value and utility of a therapy dog program through the framework of the Jesuit concept of “cura personalis,” or care for the whole person. Methods of assessment include recent survey results from students and faculty. Research on the emotional, psychological, and physical effects of animal assisted therapy (AAT) will be addressed. In addition, we will reflect on our collaborative experience administering the pet therapy program and display creative methods of marketing this initiative.