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Canines for Community Resilience

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Benefits of Canines for Community Resilience

Canines for Community Resilience (CFCR) dogs are specifically trained to participate in traumatic situations and are proficient in being able to tolerate, adapt and cope with the physical and emotional stress of critical incidents. They are specifically trained to work in unpredictable, fast-paced and frequently-changing environments with various types of people and other dogs. The dog’s handler has advanced training in dog behavior, has knowledge of human and animal First Aid, as well as Psychological First Aid and stress management

CFCR Teams:

  • Encourage resilience
  • Provide comfort and support
  • Provide effective, safe mental support to the impacted community
  • Promote Psychological First Aid
    • Aims to reduce stress symptoms and assist in a healthy recovery following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency or even a personal crisis
    • Utilizing dogs helps this strategy by reducing a painful range of emotions and responses experienced by people exposed to high stress and trauma
  • Help facilitate open communication
  • Create a safe environment
  • Provide a calm and comforting environment
  • Help people connect and draws attention outward
  • Decrease feelings of anxiety, anger, depression and hopelessness
  • Increase positive expectations of self and others
  • Foster feelings of safety and acceptance

Partnering Organizations

  • Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Regional Communications Centers (Central, North, South)*
  • BSO Safety and Wellness Division
  • Broward County Resiliency Center
  • City and County Fire Stations
  • City and County Law Enforcement Agencies
  • City and County Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Broward Health, Coral Springs*
  • Various Emergency Rooms following major incidents
  • ICU Waiting Areas following major incidents
  • Death notifications
  • De-stressing staff members following major incidents
  • Assisting Behavior Health staff
  • Shootings
  • Fatal accidents of students or staff
  • Aftermath of violent or disruptive events
  • Student, staff or parent illness, related death or trauma
  • Any traumatic incident that affects the student body/staff
  • Broward County Public Schools (BCPC)
  • Broward County Public Schools Guidance Department, Psychologists and School Counselors
  • Critical incident stress debriefs for Employee Assistance Programs

17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

  • Help in the healing process for parents and guardians who are suffering from the loss of a child or children
  • Partner with licensed therapists who facilitate monthly meetings
  • Pastoral services at hospitals, fire departments, law enforcement agencies and congregations following major incidents
  • Memorial services
  • Death notifications
  • Grief from loss of loved ones

* Exclusive partnership.