Learning with Purpose: Inmate Values Opportunity to Train Psychiatric Service Dogs

Healing Companions, a 501 (c)(3) organization, serves mentally ill residents of Northeast Ohio and changes the lives of shelter dogs – adopted and trained to become Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs), persons experiencing a mental disorder – providing them with a PSD, and inmates – who train the dogs and gain job skills and “soft skills” to help them obtain employment and contribute to the community upon release.

In this clip, an inmate talks about a recent visit with one of the people who received a PSD. He was greatly moved by her story as she shared her experiences living with mental illness and how her life has changed now that she has a service dog. He now has a better appreciation of how the Healing Companions program changes lives and is grateful for the experience he is able to have in helping with the dogs’ basic training.

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Training Psychiatric Service Dogs: Inmate Reflects on Lessons Learned

Healing Companions, a 501 (c)(3) organization, serves mentally ill residents of Northeast Ohio and changes the lives of shelter dogs – adopted and trained to become Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs), persons experiencing a mental disorder – providing them with a PSD, and inmates – who train the dogs and gain job skills and “soft skills” to help them obtain employment and contribute to the community upon release.

In this clip, you’ll hear from an inmate who trains shelter dogs their basic skills to be more adoptable and when qualified placed in our program to be trained their public access and task training as PSDs. He shares how the lessons learned to help the dogs have also helped him better manage his own symptoms of bi-polar depression.

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