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Counselling Services


Counselling Services

Counselling services and supports are inclusive, confidential, and available to all Red Deer Polytechnic students free of charge.

Therapy Dogs

Experience the many health benefits of meaningful interactions with therapy dogs
Wednesdays | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | 1400 Wing & Trades Wing

This initiative is brought to Red Deer Polytechnic by Counselling Services in collaboration with St.John Ambulance Therapy Dogs. 

Therapy Animals vs. Service Animals

At Red Deer Polytechnic, we have students who rely on the use of a service animal. Please become familiar with the difference between a service animal and therapy animal.

Therapy Animal

•    Provide psychological or physiological therapy to individuals other than their handlers

•    Have stable temperaments and friend, easy-going personalities

•    Encouraged to interact with a variety of people while on-duty including petting the therapy animal 

Service Animal

•    Trained to perform tasks that ease their handlers’ disabilities

•    Help to attain safety and independence of handler

•   Not for petting as it could prevent animal from performing their job correctly

(Therapy Dogs, 2017)