Meet Cooper! Rose Brooks’ Therapy Dog

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Meet Cooper!
At Rose Brooks Center, we’ve long understood that comprehensive care also includes the human-animal bond. Which is why in February, Rose Brooks added a four-legged member to the staff, a therapy dog named Cooper. Cooper is a three-year-old Beagle/Aussie mix acquired through a partnership with Warrior’s Best Friend, a local nonprofit providing trained canines to trauma survivors.

 

Cooper will spend most of his time in Rose Brooks’ emergency shelter; however, he will also be utilized for individual therapy or group settings, or when a survivor or staff needs added comfort. Most importantly, as victims and survivors come into shelter with severe trauma, Cooper will be a constant source of comfort, bringing healing and recovery.

 

Cooper has several commands that can be used for individuals in crisis or in need of support, and has already been demonstrating his incredible skills. “Cooper supported a client in a mental health crisis within moments of being onsite, allowing staff and the shelter resident to calmly work together.” Explains Residential Director, Angela Maldonado. “We were able to utilize one of Cooper’s comfort commands, instructing him to calmly rest himself next to the client. This de-escalation helped us all focus in on appropriate, immediate care, rather than it escalating further.”

 

By calming both children and adults in distress, Cooper has been the perfect addition to Rose Brooks’ crisis support team. Welcome Cooper!

 

To read the press release about Cooper, and to watch a short video, visit: https://www.rosebrooks.org/domestic-violence-shelter-adding-therapy-dog-to-help-survivors-heal/

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Serving patients experiencing domestic violence in the safety of local hospitals and clinics.
Offering a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.
Since 2001, Rose Brooks Center has been providing quality domestic violence education to the Kansas City community and beyond.
Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems.
Helping survivors repair the effects of economic abuse through credit repair, budgeting, and education.
Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.
Employment Advocacy includes developing job interview skills, job search, and ongoing support to survivors in maintaining employment.
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Helping survivors find safe, affordable housing and gain economic stability within a safe home, free from violence.
On-site medical and healthcare services within the safety of emergency shelter.
An on-site state-of-the art pet shelter for dogs, cats, and other family pets.
Providing advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and education for officers to improve victims safety.
A school-based violence prevention program working to end the cycle of domestic violence by providing support to youth dealing with violence at home or communities.
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