Bentley the dog providing ‘pawsitive’ interactions for CMHIFL clients
Julia Lamb is the music therapist at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL). Over the past four years, she has facilitated animal-assisted therapy (AAT) sessions with Bentley, the dog, and his handler, Arne. With AAT, clients often brighten and engage in ways not experienced or observed in other forms of therapy or interactions.
As many of us in our own communities shift, adapt and experience challenges and losses during the pandemic, we collectively recognize the struggles we encounter with decreased access to activities and people that make our lives feel meaningful. The clients at CMHIFL have also had to experience these limitations and challenges as the hospital continues to take precautions to prioritize and ensure the clients' health and safety. The facility’s patients have handled these difficulties with impressive resiliency and patience.