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News 2015

Belmont College Mental Health Program Holds Midterm Exam Stress Relief

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Belmont College students Selena West; Dawn Richards; Kim Burgins; Professor Raeann Wiley; Student Kristen Defibaugh; and Dr. Heather Davis, Assistant Professor and Department Chair. The dogs, who were brought in by handler Shelley Guthrie (not pictured) are Ranger (middle) who is certified by the United States Service Dog Organization as well as Riley and Raylyn, who are still in training.

 

St. Clairsville, OH (March 6, 2015) – To help reduce the stress of midterm exams, students in the Mental Health program at Belmont College provided a sensory stress relief room for all students at the Main Campus location in St. Clairsville on Monday, March 2.

 

The event was held at the beginning of Belmont College’s midterm exam week.

 

Students were invited to take advantage of a sensory room that involved, light and music therapy, as well as trained therapy golden retrievers. Students were able to pet and play with the dogs, which are certified by the United States Service Dog Organization, throughout the afternoon.

 

“Pet therapy is a great way to unwind, reduce stress and it has been proven to increase test scores,” said Dr. Heather Davis, Assistant Professor and Department Chair Mental Health, Social, and Behavioral Sciences.

 

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