Healing Companions: Psychiatric Service Dogs & Their Power To Transform Lives
CPDT-KA CEUs: 1.5
IAABC CEUs: 1.5
A presentation overviewing the uses of training and working with Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs). Ms. Miller will explain what the Psychiatric Service Dogs are and how they differ from other Service Dogs. She will explain strategies to support trainers, clients, and their PSDs. The strategies ensure that both the clients’ AND animals’ needs are addressed. The presentation will also explain the challenges (and some solutions) specific to working with clients with Psychiatric Disabilities, their Service animals, as well as the ethics involved, the collaboration with psychotherapists, and the ADA. She will include useful information about stress in service dogs, task training, and resources available. Ms. Miller invites you to join us in this overview of working with Psychiatric Service Dogs.
Case Western Reserve University. Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Cleveland, Ohio. M.S.S.A. 1990.
Oberlin College. Oberlin, Ohio. B.A., Psychobiology. Magna cum laude. 1983.
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Case Western Reserve University.
*Recipient, Irene Sogg Gross Award for Humanitarian Services, 1990.
*Recipient, Alumni Merit Scholarship Award, 1988-1990.
Honors Research in Psychology, 1982-1983.
Honors Scholar, 1979-1980.
Licensed Independent Social Worker #I8748
PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Counseling and Psychosocial Interventions
Clinical Social Worker
Consultation and Education
Psychotherapist/Clinical Social Worker. Oberlin, Ohio. 1990-Present.
Provide individual, couple and group psychotherapy for adults. Specialize in chronic/ terminal illnesses, lesbian/ gay issues, family/interpersonal relationships, and working with trauma survivors. Integrate holistic healing modalities including relaxation/ guided imagery, meditation, pet therapy, creative arts, and movement techniques. Collaborate and refer clients to outside practitioners including body-energy workers, naturopaths, art/dance/physical therapists, Reiki healers, acupuncturists, EMDR specialists and psychiatrists. Specialization in providing assessments for individuals qualified for Psychiatric Service Dogs and educational material, in collaboration with service dog trainers. Specialization in accessing and providing assistance with clients partnered with Psychiatric Service Dogs.
Qigong Instructor and Reiki Practitioner. Oberlin, Ohio. 1998-Present.
Teach six week course based on the principles of an ancient Chinese healthcare practice. Instruct participants in techniques of gentle movement, mental focus, meditative stillness and natural breathing. Daily practice can reduce stress, accelerate healing and increase vitality, focus and creativity.
AIDS Educator. Lorain County Prosecutors Office. Lorain, Ohio. 1991-1995.
Facilitated comprehensive AIDS psychoeducational sessions for county detention centers. Provided staff consultation and training. Position funded by psychological services grant.
Social Worker/Counselor. The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Cleveland, Ohio. 1988-1990.
Provided individual and group counseling services focusing on chronic/terminal illness, HIV pre and post-test counseling, relationships and discrimination issues. Assisted in grant writing, program planning, research, staff development and public relations. Coordinated a major corporate fundraising campaign resulting in increased annual donorship. Assisted in organizing the “Heartstrings Benefit” co-sponsored by the Western Reserve AIDS Foundation and the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS. Demonstrated outstanding organizational and follow-up skills. Served as political advocate for the Hobson Bill and House Bill 10. Developed community AIDS Resource Manual and Directory. Conducted community programming, outreach and organized speaker’s bureau. Represented Free Clinic as liaison to Cleveland, Akron, and Lorain County AIDS Task Forces, Community AIDS organizations and The Ohio Department of Health.
Group Home Supervisor. Lorain County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Lorain, Ohio. 1987-1988.
Social Worker/Resident Services Director. Carter’s Nursing Home. Oberlin, Ohio. 1986-1987.
Counselor. Battered Women’s Shelter. Lorain, Ohio. 1985-1986.
Preceptor. Allen Memorial Hospital. Oberlin, Ohio. 1983-1984.
Psychobiology Intern. University of Massachusetts. Amherst, Massachusetts. 1981.
Microbiology/Immunology Research Assistant. Temple University Medical School. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1977-1979.
RELATED CONTINUING EDUCATION
British School of Falconry at The Equinox – Introductory Hawk Lesson & Hawk Walk (http://equinox.rockresorts.com/info/act.falconry.asp), 2006.
Canine Massage, 2002.
Stress and Disease Seminar, 2001.
The Psychology of Health, Immunity, and Disease Conference, 2001, 2000.
Beginner’s Therapeutic Touch, 1998.
Strategies for the Inner Work of Therapeutic Touch, 1998.
Reiki Energy and Healing, 1997.
Physical Recovery and Mental Health, 1997.
Linking Physical Recovery With Mental Health, 1997.
Women and HIV/AIDS, 1997.
The Christopher Method Body Magnetics and Advanced Therapy Course, 1996.
Therapy and Service Animal Behavior Consultant (CDBC-SAC, CDBC-TAC) by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), 2004
Canine Massotherapy, 2002
Therapeutic Touch, 1998.
Reiki Energy Healing, 1997.
The Christopher Method, 1996
IAABC International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference (www.iaabc.org). April 2007. Co-presenter, “Meeting the Challenge of Working with Clients Who Are Training Their Own Service Animal.”
Case Western Reserve University. March 2007. Instructor, “Psychiatric Service Dogs” for “Animal Cognition class.
Kutztown University Canine Training & Management Program (http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/learning/noncredit/Canine/Canine%20Program1.pdf ). April 2006. Instructor, “Abnormal Psychology as It Pertains To Dogs”.
Animal Radio (http://AnimalRadio.com).1/17/06. Interviewed about Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD’s).
Public Broadcasting Station WOUB (http://www.tcom.ohiou.edu/index.html)
Summer 2003. “Health Visions Series – Two programs – “Animals As Healers” and “The Healing Power of QiGong”.
Cleveland Natural History Museum. Cleveland, Ohio. 2002 – present. “Dog Days” – Presentation about “Psychiatric Service Dogs”.
North Coast Dogs. Cleveland, Ohio. 2003. “The Healing Power of Dogs”.
4-H Club of Mentor, Ohio. 2003. “The Healing Power of Dogs”.
The Psychology of Health, Immunity & Disease Conference. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina . 2001. “Kindred Spirits” with Allen Schoen, MS, DVM.
National Association of Social Work Conference. Boston Massachussets. 1990. “The Context of Caring: Assessing Family Members’ Willingness to Care for People with AIDS”.
The Second International Conference on Social Work and AIDS. San Jose, California. 1990. “Developing Family Caregiving Relationships for HIV+ Clients: Differences and Similarities in Children, Gay Adults, and IV Drug Users”.
American Public Health Association. Chicago, Illinois. 1989. “Psychosocial Assessment of Family Members’ Willingness to Care for People with AIDS”.
Guest Lecturer/Speaker at colleges, universities, school districts and community organizations on topics of professional expertise.
Naparstek, Belleruth. (1997). Interviewed for Your Sixth Sense: Activating Your Psychic Potential. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Miller, Jane and Kuszelewicz, Mary Ann. (1995). Women and AIDS: Feminist Principles in Practice. In Van Den Bergh, Nan (ed.). Feminist Practice in the 21st Century. Washington DC: NASW Press.
Miller, J., Abell, N., McDonell, J. (1991). “Family Members’ Willingness to Care for People with AIDS: A Psychosocial Assessment Model”. Journal of the National Association of Social Workers, 36, 43-53.
Miller, J. (1980). Observations on the Behavior of Red Kangaroos (Megaleia rufa) in Captivity. Unpublished manuscript.
AFFILIATIONS AND BOARDS
IAABC – International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants – Service & Therapy Animal Consultant, CDBC-SAC & TAC (www.IAABC.org), Board Member, 2005-present
SAFE – Safety For Animals and Families In Emergencies. Member. Ohio. 2003 – present.
Delta Society. Member. 2002- present.
Health and Wellness Center, Oberlin, Ohio. Advisory Board. 2001-Present.
Coalition for Gay Straight Alliance. Founding Member. Oberlin, Ohio. 1996-Present.
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy. Editorial Board. 1991-Present.
NASW Ohio Chapter Committee on Lesbian/Gay Issues. Co-Chair Person. 1990-1992.
National Association of Social Workers. National Committee on Lesbian/Gay Issues. 1989-1991.
Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.