North Olmsted, Lorain County Ohio
Jane Miller discussed the healing power of Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) and the use of shelter dogs wherever possible in matching clients with their healing companion. Jane assists with the basic training of the inmates and dogs at Lorain Correctional Institute. Here inmates and Jane work to instill the skills required to make the dogs more adoptable. When appropriate, the dog is then moved into the Healing Companions program to be trained by Jane along with the client. In this portion of the program they receive the public access and task training required to serve their new handler.
We are pleased to have Doreen Di Fiore as our newest board member and future blogger. This is just a short interview so you can all get to know her a bit better.
Healing Companions, Inc. is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of PSDs. I have long recognized the need for public education (professionals need it too!) about this specific type of service dog, as people are often largely misinformed about mental illness in general as well as the role of PSDs in improving the quality of life for those who struggle on a daily basis. Healing Companions, Inc. incorporates shelter/rescue dogs into the program, and that is fairly unique in the service world. As someone who is passionate about