Human Services and EoW Students Experience Art, Eco-Therapy, and Animal-Assisted Therapy

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January 22, 2019 | Academics, Ethnographies of Work, Events, Experiential Learning, Human Services

Jose Hernandez Lozano and Maltipoo Murphy.
Jose Hernandez Lozano and Maltipoo Murphy.

With the support of the Student Success Fund, Professor Nicole Kras, Assistant Professor of Human Services, created two exceptional active learning opportunities for Guttman students during Fall 2018. The workshops shared the fields of art therapy, eco-therapy, and animal therapy with Human Services majors and Prof. Kras’ Ethnographies of Work students, bringing these innovative career paths and areas of study directly to Guttman.

In the first workshop, led by Prof. Kras in her specialty, students learned about the innovative practices of art therapy and eco-therapy by completing a hands-on directive delivered according to this approach. The second workshop featured New York Therapy Animals, a non-profit organization “dedicated to bringing animal resources to human needs in healthcare facilities and to children in schools and libraries.” Executive Director Nancy George-Michalson and staff members Nicole Balassi, Margaret Sheehan, and Laurie Vogel informed students about animal-assisted therapy and answered their excited questions. Students were introduced to the extensive benefits of animal therapy as they delighted in their interactions with the visiting dogs.

Guttman students with puppies
Back row, left to right: Zee Parsons, Angelica Grandizio, Jose Hernandez Lozano, Margaret Sheehan and Maltipoo Murphy, Tananya Barr, Yeremi Garcia, Victoria Negron, Nancy George-Michalson and toy poodle Melodie, Laurie Vogel and Havanese Lexie. Middle row, left to right: Nicole Balassi and shih tzu Coco (seated), Lyric Bada (standing). Front row, left to right: Arianna Calle, Michelle Pleytez, Vanessa Edokpayi.