Nine-year-old trauma therapy dog Muffin helps therapist Frances Young in her work with students three days a week, having a special exemption to be on campus to offer meet and greets, and cuddles.
Muffin’s calm personality soothes everyone’s stresses, and she is becoming well known to staff as she pads soundlessly around the corridors of the Hudson building. She even has her own Staff ID card.
“Muffin is a comforting presence in one-on-one sessions. She is also a practical demonstration participant at our ‘neuro-sensory’ techniques wellbeing workshops. These skills significantly help reduce anxieties and effectively help many people deal with trauma,” Frances said.
Muffin is following in her mother’s paw-steps in the role. She started at Lincoln with Frances in September and is a welcome addition to the comprehensive wellbeing services offered to students on campus.
Frances and Muffin are teaching staff and students ‘Havening’ neuro-sensory skills this semester.