Susan Gardner & Tess
Having Tess, a certified therapy dog that I bring to work with me every day, is truly a dream come true. There are not enough words to describe the multitude of ways that Tess makes direct positive impact for both staff and clients.
For teens living 3-6 months at Chauncy Hall Academy, a locked Intensive Residential Treatment Center, is both rewarding and challenging time in their lives. They have experienced physical and emotional traumas. The work they do in their treatment is 24/7 and demanding and exhausting .Therapy dogs are pivotal in much of the work we do with the clients here. The distraction of a dog along with the unbiased attention and unconditional love that a dog provides really potentiates the clients’ abilities to engage in safer expressions of their feelings and thoughts. In addition, the family-like influence a dog can provide adds to the home-like environment we try to emulate for many teens who have not lived at home in a very long time.
Having Tess on our treatment team impacts the work of both staff and clients. Stress reduction is immediate. From brushing, stroking, feeding, walking, talking to, being listened to, leaning on you, to being awakened in the morning by, playing with, exercising with, singing to, sitting with, having by your bedside as you fall sleep, telling your deepest secret to or someone to hug when you need it the most..., these are some of the powers that only a therapy dog like Tess has when you are not in your own home.
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Thank you so much from all of us at Chauncy Hall Academy, Westboro MA
Susan Gardner RN