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Soul Friends : Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Connecticut

We have worked with 5 local therapy dog organizations to try to pull together a master list to share support and care in Newtown , as well as across CT. This has been an effort to address our state’s own needs in a future crisis, by training crisis response therapy dogs.  We can work together…

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Presentation at Boston Children’s Hospital

Last Saturday about 35 AAI practitioners from New England gathered at Boston Children’s Hospital for a networking meeting.  Presentations from Tufts, Beth Israel, Soul Friends and Wheeler Clinic explored issues like therapy animal screening, policy issues and outcome measures.  Our work at Soul Friends, Inc was well received.

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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program Improves Sense of Hopefulness

Soul Friends, Inc, Horses Inspire Program has shown a demonstrated improvement in teens’ sense of hopefulness following a 6 week interactive therapy group. Soul Friends staff plans to continue research efforts to demonstrate effectiveness and improve the emotional lives of at-risk youth

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Therapy Dogs at Work and Play

Every day provides an opportunity for a lesson  learned in my life living with 4 therapy dogs – today the lesson  from Noah is REST.  As someone living with a chronic illness, while also trying to run a nonprofit  – my mind often forgets to slow down.  My body provides the daily reminder to stop moving,…

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Petflix Film Festival

Statewide nonprofit invites short film submissions to the first annual  Petflix Film Festival on November 21, 2009.  Celebrate your love of your pet dog, horse, cat and small animals and watch their story shown on the big screen.  Or celebrate the work of your therapy dog or therapeutic riding partner..  For more information download entrance…

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Therapy Dogs at Work and Play : Series 1

Soul Friends therapy dogs love their work.  Attached see a story on them at work with students at a school in CT.   During this session the most amazing thing happened with one boy living with autism spectrum who had participated in our program four months earlier.  He walked in for a special hello and his first…

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