Service Dogs for Treatment of Eating Disorders

Date: 04/02/2019, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Seasons 52 (click venue name for map)

Join us at the April Membership Meeting when we will discuss information on a treatment and support tool that Eating Disorder professionals may not be aware of. The use of Service Dogs in treatment of eating disorders. The service dogs themselves help provide Eating Disorder patients with support outside of the treatment arena, and can be a powerful addition the the individual treatment plan.

Service Dogs are dogs that provide specific tasks that help persons with disabilities live more independent lives. For persons with eating disorders, service dogs can provide individualized tasks such as reminding a person to eat, interfering with binging or purging behaviors, alerting to anxiety and providing deep pressure grounding to lessen anxiety, or moving partners away from trigger situations. Each dog is trained to perform tasks specific to the needs of the individual needing the dog.

This presentation will outline the uses of service dogs in the treatment of eating disorders, the differentials in suggesting a service dog as a treatment tool, and the laws regarding service dogs.

The presentation will also provide a brief overview of the training model used by Kay9 Partners, LLC, and will provide information on service dog providers who may consider providing service dogs for eating disorders.

An acting service dog might be available to demonstrate some behaviors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define “disability’ as used in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  2. Identify the requirements for a dog to be considered a service dog according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  3. Give examples of tasks a service dog might perform for a person with an eating disorder.
  4. Determine circumstances in which a service dog would be an appropriate treatment tool for individuals with eating disorders.

About the Speaker:
Kay Sevick, CCPT-KA, MSSW is the owner of Kay9 Partners, LLC and the Executive Director of Kay9 Partners, Inc, a non-profit organization in Texas which trains service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support dogs for those in need. She has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Kay combines her social work background and dog training skills to bring increased independence to individuals with disabilities, focusing primarily on mental health issues. Through Kay9 Partners, she works with individuals and families to find and train dogs that will meet the specific needs of the person with disabilities and she advocates for the use of service dogs for disabilities. She is a trainer for the local organization, Paws for Heroes, and has completed training with Service Dogs, Inc. as well as Super Sniffers.

Thank you to our sponsor for this event Kay9 Partners, LLC

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