This semester, several new programs have been made available to Florham Campus students by the FDU Counseling and Psychological Services Department. These programs offer a range of services from helping students deal with stress to providing support and guidance with their interpersonal relationships. The regularly scheduled programs are called “Living in Harmony with Roommates,” “Pet Therapy,” “Yoga in the Italian Gardens,” “Let’s Chat!” and “Creatively Managing Stress Discussion Group.”
Stephanie Koempel, acting director of counseling and psychological services, has worked in the department for over seven years. She received her new position this summer upon the retirement of the previous director and was able to implement several ideas she had for the different programs.
“This semester we have a healing element going,” Koempel said.
One of the programs, “Pet Therapy,” allows students and even faculty and staff to come to different locations on campus throughout the semester in order to interact with certified pet therapy animals.
In previous years, it used to be that the pets would come to the school around exam times in order to help reduce students’ stress. However, the new program has dogs and cats coming once a month, and Koempel said she hopes to increase the frequency of their visits even more in the future.
“The pet therapy is a passion of mine,” said Koempel, who explained that her doctoral research was connected to the human-animal bond, as well as the healing abilities it has.