Do you feel uncomfortable and unsure how to respond when clients ask you to write a letter certifying their pet as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
Do you worry that some clients are simply looking to bring their pets into situations where they wouldn’t normally be allowed? Or fear it’s not even within your scope of practice to determine whether an animal has a therapeutic effect on your clients?
Requests for ESA letters are surging, but guidelines, protocols and available education for therapists isn’t keeping up. How can you ensure that you’re considering the right legal, ethical and practical issues before writing one?
Diana Sebzda, LPC has been a licensed counselor for over 16 years and spent 15 years as a veterinary technician. Using her unique insight as both a mental health and animal care professional, she’s guided many individuals through the use of service animals and emotional support animals.
Watch her for this timely 3-hour training and get the latest details and guidance you need so you can:
Don’t miss this chance to get the answers you’ve been seeking on one of the fastest growing questions facing clinicians today!
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CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.
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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.
Diana Sebzda, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor in the state of New Jersey and director of the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center and the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.
In addition to being a counselor, Diana was a Veterinary Technician for 15 years, giving her unique insight as both a counselor and as an animal care professional. Her work has been published in Healthy Pet Magazine and she has been a featured speaker and author on the human-animal bond, pet therapy, pet assisted therapy and emotional support animals.
In over 16 years of counseling work, Diana has guided may individuals through the process of pet therapy, and the use of service animals and emotional support animals.
Financial: Diana Sebzda is the director of bereavement at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Diana Sebzda is a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey; the American Counseling Association; and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.
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Emotional Support Animal (ESA) vs. Service Animal (SA)
Differences regarding landlords, airlines, owners and animals
Typical reasons for requests
Therapeutic role and issuing a diagnosis
Ethical and legal issues to be aware of from a clinician’s viewpoint
Stance of ADA, ACA, APA regarding use of these animals
Review of an ESA letter
New transportation/airline laws regarding ESAs
Research, risks and treatment limitations
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