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At Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, staff bring their dogs to campus on a daily basis to help students feel more at home throughout their time at the program.
Several studies have shown that the presence of dogs and other animals can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. At Elevations, dogs are constant companions to students and provide comfort to them when needed.
“From the time of admission, the dogs on campus help soothe students who are feeling anxious about the transition into a treatment environment,” comments Jennifer Wilde, LCSW, Executive Clinical Director at Elevations RTC. “The students often request time with the dogs when they are dealing with tough emotions. The dogs can be a nice snuggling companion when the kids want a little affection, or can be a good outlet for high energy, when the kids play fetch and play with them. Often the students request time with the dogs during therapy sessions, they can be a nice comfort when they are sharing about trauma and other difficult things to discuss.”
According to one Elevations student, "the dogs on campus are just as diverse as the students. Some are high energy and goofy, others are subdued. There are all types to play with.“
At Elevations, the dogs on campus also bring students a connection with their home environment and offer an opportunity for them to experience and develop empathy. Additionally, dogs often mirror the students themselves in the history they bring, the issues they are working on and the emotions they are feeling.
“I bring my dog Zero to work each day,” says Wilde. “She was rescued after being abandoned in a canyon. One of our adopted students spent time her, which was a great experiential learning reflection for being taken in by others and loved unconditionally. There are many examples like this where students can relate to the challenges the dogs have been through.”
For more information about the impact dogs can have on mental health, visit the Elevations RTC blog on this topic -https://www.elevationsrtc.com/blog/send-anxiety-and-depression-to-the-dog-house/
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a unique residential treatment center that works with both all students ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to students struggling with issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens. For more information, please call 1-855-290-9681 or visit their website: http://www.elevationsrtc.com/