Handler Erica Olson and Delray
The Psychological Awareness and Wellness Support (PAWS) program uses a specialized paramedic/canine team to support Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders who experience first response work-related stress.
The PAWS program uses a trauma-informed approach which focuses on emotional and psychological safety. The PAWS dog’s natural instinct for human engagement enhances the psychological support environment.
When not supporting EMS staff after challenging calls, the PAWS Team provides mental health focused education to help decrease stigma, increase resiliency and raise awareness about the resources available to employees experiencing a psychological injury.