Anoka Technical College Counselor Erica Stene dedicates time and effort to keep the lower the stress levels of students. Stress management is one of the primary concerns that bring students in for counseling. One tool Stene employs to help students is pet therapy.
Students, staff and faculty all look forward to “Paws for Stress Relief.” Initially, the pet therapy event was held once a year at the end of the spring semester however, there were many requests to hold this event more often, that Stene worked with local volunteers to arrange monthly visits to Anoka Tech.
When the dogs visited Anoka Tech in October, it was clear how much students love this event. “This is the perfect stress reliever after our morning. We love dogs!” said students Lilly Wilson and Alex Reekers who just finished three tests and stopped to enjoy quality time with the dogs.
“Stress during college may come with the territory but high stress levels can negatively impact the ability to reach academic goals,” said Stene. “‘Paws for Stress Relief’ was developed to address this problem. Studies demonstrate that pet therapy may promote a reduction in stress-related symptoms including a reduced heart rate, lowered blood pressure, decreased muscle tension and an elevated sense of mental well-being. Simply put, I think that taking time out of a busy day to spend a moment with a therapy dog who is overjoyed to see you may make it easier to smile, take a deep breath and reset.”
“Paws for Stress Relief” will return to the college Nov. 16 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Anoka Tech cafeteria. The pet therapy event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Stene also hosts other events focusing on stress management for students throughout the year. A stress management workshop is held once or twice a year, and information regarding stress management is available at other college events, including the upcoming Resource Fair, Nov. 10. All stress management events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
11 am to 1 pm
Anoka Technical College, Main Hallway
“Paws for Stress Relief”
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Anoka Technical College
For more information about Anoka Technical College, visit AnokaTech.edu
At Anoka Technical College monthly “Paws for Stress Relief” event, student Cara Chitton feeds therapy dog Happy a treat.
At Anoka Technical College monthly “Paws for Stress Relief” event, student Daniel Stinogel poses with therapy dog Brewster.
||At Anoka Technical College monthly “Paws for Stress Relief” event, students (from right) Lilly Wilson and Alex Reekers spend quality time therapy dog Happy.