Human connections is topic of upcoming psychology seminar

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Human connections is topic of upcoming psychology seminar

November 2, 2010

Any Northwestern Oklahoma State University student, employee or any area community members who are interested in counseling and mental health should consider attending “Human Connections: Animal-Assisted Therapy & Drumming Therapy,” a seminar put on by the Northwestern Psychology Club. The seminar will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Student Center Ranger Room.

Fees for this training are $10, and will be available for three continuing education units (CEU).

After the seminar, attendees are welcome to attend a free networking lunch from noon to 1 p.m. This time will allow Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to meet and network with mental health professionals.

Dr. Mark Davis, professor of psychology, will be presenting information over human connections with demonstrations in animal-assisted and drumming therapy by Jason Hillman, director of student life and counseling and master’s degree candidate, and Michael Petree, master’s degree candidate.

Davis will speak about how the human connection can be made through a variety of therapy modalities, including those that are “animal-assisted” or even “primal.” Hillman will provide further illustration of the “animal-assisted” approach with his dog “Niner” by demonstrating the concepts and techniques related to this very current therapeutic modality.

Petree will assist Davis by providing a hands-on experience in ways drumming is used in therapy to reveal functional and dysfunctional relationship patterns.

Pre-registration is preferred. To register, contact Davis at or (580) 327-8447.

This seminar has been approved by the Licensed Psychological Counselors and Licensed Marital & Family Therapists.