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I am a doctoral candidate in Psychology. I also work full-time as a teacher and as most of you know...I oversee our "Bunny Luv" pet therapy program at our therapeutic school.
I was just informed today that I have been referred for academic dismissal from my school for failing a course (my second course over 6 years in the program). I now have to prepare for an appeals process which includes providing several plans of action. It was highly suggested that I will need to leave my job in order to complete my program. Unfortunately, financially this will kill me! I can't afford to leave my job...even if it means finding a part time job. However, I must make plans to do so at this point.
B/c this may be the inevitable possibility, I don't know what I'm going to do about my pet therapy program? Jessica moved into my house b/c Oreo attacked her, so now I'm bunny full. Our homesite would take the other 3 buns to live in our primary animal assisted therapy program...but I just feel like I'm letting those buns down.
Maybe its too much to think about right now! I'm just so hurt and upset and of course the first thing I thought of was our bunnies. I'm so angry w/ all this....please give me some suggestions. I don't know what I'm going to do financially...but anyway...please give some thoughts for me.
Thanks for the input everyone! I'm still attempting to put together my plan of attack at this point. I'm basically putting together 3 options and all of those options would include leaving my job and trying to find some part time work.
My hubby and I decided that its very important to keep our kitties, Jessica, and our Gecko together as our family. Jessica has become a member of our family and its going to stay that way. I believe that ....I have a very high expectation for our Bunny Luv program. That high expectation includes the bunnies getting everything they have when I run the program......in short, I spoil them and I know it and I feel I'm giving them less if I am unable to do this.
As you are all aware the drama that occurred w/ Jessica, the baby bunnies dying, and the Jessica attack...well I had said that at the Progress Meeting and the Vice Chair said...I know about grief and loss and the role that animal's play...I've read plenty of papers from students and professionals on the topic and know that animal loss can be a challange, but it seems that you are avoiding self-care. I think she really missed the boat on what I was saying. I was merely trying to explain that all these issues occurred w/in a 2 week period and it was very difficult to handle this situation and attempt to help the kids feeling the loss.
It makes me think...if ever anyone needs to seek help for grief/loss issues from a professional..I sure wouldn't go see her....but wait...she's read lots of papers about it!?!?!?!?!?!