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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**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.
Dian Sebzda, LPC, FT, is the director of bereavement at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center where she provides both individual counseling and support groups for those coping with grief, anticipatory grief, and pet loss.
In addition to 17 years of grief counseling experience, Diana also has over 15 years of experience as a veterinary technician where she's witnessed the impacts of pet loss first hand.
Diana has been published in Healthy Pet Magazine and is a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) with the Association for Death Education and Counseling (where she is co-chair of their Pet Loss Networking Group). She is also a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey, the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Diana earned her M.A. degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from William Patterson University.
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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