Psychologist Liz Spruin talks about dogs as supporters of vulnerable people in the justice system

Recently we’ve been having a few public lectures and today we’re putting one of those on our podcast feed. This is a talk from Summer 2019 by our colleague from our main department in Canterbury, Dr Liz Spruin. Liz talked about, the role of dogs in supporting vulnerable people in the Criminal Justice system. It  was a new idea for many of us. It is perhaps a little more common in the US and Canada where some of the demands of their justice systems can be somewhat different from those of courts the UK. Liz was joined by Oliver, a dog specifically trained as a support animal. Liz talked not only about dogs in the justice system, but also about the depth of the human/canine connection and some of the reasons why animals can be such an important support.