Doreen Di Fiore Joins Healing Companions Board


Doreen Di Fiore

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.

What is it about Healing Companions that most attracted you to the organization?

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 Continue Reading →


Gene would like to start a new life!


My name is Gene A. Scott Jr., a formerly incarcerated individual with a well developed skill for working with shelter dogs of all types. I’ve trained timid, scared dogs, as well as confidant, dominate, and aggressive dogs. I’ve also helped other people use my techniques with great success.

I recently had the privilege of meeting Jane Miller as well as two of her psychiatric patients. Their stories were each inspiring in their own way. They were also very tragic. Continue Reading →


The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

Jane Miller of Healing Companions, Inc. contributed an essay to this great new book celebrating Jane Goodall. A collection of testimonies by her friends and colleagues honoring her as a scientific pioneer, an inspiring teacher, a devoted friend, and an engaging spirit whose complex personality tends to break down usual categories.
by Dale Peterson (Editor), Marc Bekoff (Editor)


Oberlin social worker honored for her work in training psychiatric service dogs

Chronicle On-line – Filed on April 18, 2012 by

OBERLIN — As a clinical social worker specializing in post traumatic stress disorder, Jane Miller noticed the incredible effect her golden retriever Umaya had upon her clients in the 1990s.

The bond between a human being and a dog that’s eager to please could be remarkable Miller noticed.

Miller became certified in 2004 as a Therapy and Service Animal Behavioral Consultant.

She focused her attention on training psychiatric service dogs for those who need them.  Read more!

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