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.
Jane’s presentation expanded on the many tasks the PSDs in training are taught to perform, based on the specific needs of the individual. Each person’s needs are different based on their particular illness and the tailoring of the training is unique as well dependent on their needs/symptoms.
Tracy shared her story and how her PSDs have transformed her life. The audience was extremely receptive, asking lots of questions, purchasing signed copies of the book and making generous donations. A wonderful evening shared with everyone!
Thanks to the Kiwanis Club.