CPC dental programs and green therapy headline Episode #175

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

On this episode of the Knightly News Podcast, we welcome faculty from the Central Penn College dental department Ann Hoffman and Alexis Delaughter to chat about our new programs and Program Director of Allied Health Anne Bizup to discuss how exposing yourself to nature can do wonders for your mental health.

During our time with Hoffman and Delaughter, we discuss how each of the faculty members got into dentistry, with both citing the fact that it is a rewarding career, helping their patients live higher-quality lives.

The group also discussed the dire shortage of dental workers after the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing that many people left the industry entirely due to health concerns and the lack of education programs focusing on dentistry.

Central Penn is currently offering the Dental Assistant certificate (18 credits, 3 terms, 9 months) and the Dental Treatment Coordination certificate (18 credits, 3 terms, 9 months). The Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) certificate is coming soon.

For more information on our dental programs, you can email Hoffman or visit https://www.centralpenn.edu/dental/.

On our second segment, Program Director of Allied Health Anne Bizup shares more about green therapy, or exposing yourself to nature, gardening or other plant-related activities.

The practice, also known as ecotherapy or nature-based therapy, is part of a more broad discipline known as ecopsychology, which investigates the links between nature and positive mental health.

Bizup shares more about her experiences with green therapy, sharing her passion for exposing herself to the outdoors on a regular basis as part of a positive mental health regimen.

The Harrisburg region is full of ample opportunities to get outdoors in the late summer and early fall. Visit Harrisburg/Hershey offers a number of options for someone who wants to get outside in the coming weeks.

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