I’m glad to say my talk about Overcoming Trauma on Feb. 6 was well-received and I’m looking forward to speaking again on February 27 at 7 pm in the same venue – Okanagan Regional Library (Ellis Street branch in Kelowna).
My upcoming talk will be about the Psychological Benefits of Spending Time with Dogs. I begin by drawing on the value of reconnecting with nature – from which we all spring. I’ll review the health benefits of having dogs as pets, and bring attention to a new program called “Shake-a-Paw” which coaches traumatized young people to train dogs needing a home. The aim of the program is to grow psychological skills like empathy, compassion, and healthy care-giving. It is hoped that teaching youth these skills can also help improve social skills that can carry them forward in life. As well, the program exposes young people to animal-related occupations and could improve the chances that young people will find an animal-related job.
I look forward to seeing you at the talk!