HBSSW Webinars

Helping Families Decide if Service Dogs are Right for Them

Thursday, November 16th, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Presenter:  Shannon Benaitis

Shannon has worked in disability services for 20 years, in positions ranging from direct support, to QIDP, to mental health counselor, to program manager and director, to nursing home monitor. Most recently, she was the Director of Staff Training and a project manager at Clearbrook in Arlington Heights IL. Currently, Shannon is a consultant and independent contractor for her company, Albatross Training Solutions. She brings her experience in IDD, mental health, ICF/long-term care, CILA, and home-based services to the classroom and the boardroom, where she strives to make trainings, meetings, and projects dynamic, enjoyable, and relevant. Albatross specializes in curriculum development and instructional design for both in-person and e-learning formats. Shannon has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English from Cornell College and a Master’s Degree in Social/Criminal Justice from Lewis University. She is Professional in Human Resources certified, a happily married stepmom to three wonderful humans, a service dog-mom to Gordon, and a lupus patient.

Presentation Overview:

Service dogs are more and more common these days. But what kinds of disabilities can they actually help to mitigate? What kinds of diagnoses can get funding for a service dog, and what should a family look for in a service dog training organization? As a Service Facilitator, what questions can you ask families to help them decide if they can really benefit from (and handle the challenges of) having a service dog in the home, versus simply just thinking that it would be cool to have one? This one-hour session will answer all of these questions and more. We will also discuss using One-Time Funding for Service Dog Training and ADA Accessibility Laws for service dogs. Time for Q & A will be given.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the different kinds of assistance dog and accessibility laws related to each.
  2. Describe the six questions to ask families who are considering a service dog and why their responses are of critical importance.
  3. Understand the different types of funding options for a service dog’s purchase and training.

1 QIDP CE/1 Social Worker CEU will be awarded upon completion of this webinar. 

This is free for HBSS Workgroup Members

Non-Member Fee – $20


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