A golden retriever puppy helps students cope with tragedy

Day of Healing With Counselors, Therapy Dogs

Golden retriever therapy dog assists with healing after tragedyThe Office of the Dean of Students will hold a Day of Healing this Friday, January 31 in the wake of the Jan. 21 shooting death of student Andrew F. Boldt.

The day will include the presence of therapy dogs and counselors at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, Friday, January 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Student organizations also have been invited to hold healing events during the day.

The dogs will come from the state’s K-9 Assisted Crisis Response Team, part of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction’s emergency preparedness and response program.

Trained therapy dogs assist with healing after a tragedy The K-9 team specializes in working with college students after tragedies. The use of dogs to comfort students was documented after tragedies at Virginia Tech University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Alabama, as well as after the Boston Marathon attack.

Counselors from several university departments also will be available to students who need someone to talk with. No appointments are necessary.

Students organizations that are interested in holding events related to the Day of Healing are asked to contact Kelley Stier in the Office of the Dean of Students at 765-494-1232, kstier@purdue.edu.

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