Service Dogs in the Work Environment [20.31]
Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center

   Louis Belluomini, Paramedic, Hancock County EMS

Track: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Secondary Track: Social and Behavioral
Session Type: Educational Session
Skill Level: Intermediate

Service dogs are becoming more prevalent and making a huge impact, so it is important to learn how to handle situations in which a service dog is present. This presentation focuses on how a service dog can help with issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The presenter brings awareness to the growing concern about and symptoms of PTSD in our military and first responder community. Hear how a service dog can make changes and assist the handler in different situations including patient care.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize symptoms of PTSD in members of your workforce and to more effectively manage employees experiencing PTSD.
2. Describe the growing trend of service dogs in the workplace, accommodations an employer must make for a service dog, and the employee’s responsibilities.
3. Explain how service dogs dramatically reduce dependence on medications and narcotics.
4. Recall how the K-9s for Warriors organization supports veterans suffering from PTSD.

CEU Hours:  
  IACET: 0.1
  HRCI: 1
  CCM: 1
  CRC: 1
  RN: 1
  CDMS: 1
  EMS: 1
  BWC Discount Programs: 1

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