Providing PAWS-itive Support

FullSizeRenderTherapy Dogs are becoming increasingly integrated into public health intervention services, from emergency room visits through to recovery sessions at addiction treatment facilities.

Led by Ashley Balysky, St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program & Colleen Dell, University of Saskatchewan, this project will look at the impact of a visiting St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog at Methadone Assisted Recovery Services in the Saskatoon Health Region, where clients in highest need for motivation related to their HIV and/or addiction status will be introduced to the dog for the love and support it can offer.  The experience will be empirically evaluated.

Additional team members include:

Dr. Sharon Acoose
Dr. Peter Butt
Dr. Pamela Downe
Ms. Alicia Husband
Ms. Brenda McAllister
St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs
Methadone Assisted Recovery Services Clients & Staff

Advisors: Dr. Darlene Chalmers and Dr. James Gillett

Watch their Three Minute Thesis video to learn more about their project and how you can help provide PAWS-itive Support:

Click here to view their Mind Map to see how this project will be developed throughout our Flipped Workshop.

Click here to read the one page summary!

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