Promoting and equitably assisting organizations in the integration of animal-assisted therapies for the physical, mental, and emotional benefit of individuals in public and private settings, one paw at a time.
assist in the implementation of animal-assisted therapies in your school.
Dr. Jessica Maricevic’s (2022) qualitative research suggests the use of animal-assisted therapies, like the use of therapy dogs, in secondary settings, benefits not only the adolescent learner, but the organization as a whole.
Under the guidance of Dr. Maricevic, Empathic Paws will collaboratively develop a researched-based plan for implementing a therapy dog program, specific to your school’s needs, and may include, but are not limited to:
School-Based Crisis Preparedness & Response
School Culture & Learning Environment
Social-Emotional Learning & Social-Emotional Competency Development
Our Empathic Commitment: Education Initiatives
Operation Empathic Paws
“Socio-economic status should not determine whether an organization implements an animal-assisted therapy program.”
— Dr. Jessica Maricevic
Empathic Paws believes socio-economic status should not determine whether an organization implements an animal-assisted therapy program, like the use of therapy dogs in secondary schools, for the physical, mental or emotional benefit of stakeholders.
Operation Empathic Paws (OEP) aims to fully establish and support all components of the therapy dog implementation process for secondary schools with a high poverty designation (as determined by the National Center for Education Statistics), at no cost to the school.
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