Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a syndrome of prolonged stress reactions. It can have an enormous impact on the quality of life and up to one in ten of us will be affected by PTSD in our lifetime. But what is PTSD? How can we treat PTSD? And what role do dogs play?

Whiskey’s Wish came together as a result of the positive rehabilitative effects that were seen amongst recipients of the program with training service dogs.  The majority of these recipients are Veterans from all Tri-services, with a growing number of First responders (such as Police, SES, Firefighters, Paramedics) and Correctional Officers coming into the program.

Training dogs and understanding their positive therapeutic qualities have always been easy for us to understand, but training alongside people who have been deeply impacted by their service can at times prove to be a very different sort of training from the normal “sit, drop and stay” of general obedience dog training. It is understanding the mental psyche of many of the triggers that our recipients may experience.  This presents a different type of training model for many of our trainers.

The Whiskey’s Wish Mental Health & Service Dog Education Seminars will aim to address these questions by bringing together clinicians with members of Whiskey’s Wish, providing relevant clinical perspectives with lived experience of PTSD.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Psychiatrists

  • Psychologists

  • Clinical Psychologists

  • GP's

  • Counsellors

  • Social Workers

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Case Managers/Work Rehabilitation

  • Support workers

  • Peer workers

  • Force free/positive dog trainers