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Evaluating the Need for Emotional Support Animals

  • 3 Mar 2018
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Webinar

The Mental Health Professional's Role in Evaluating the Need for Emotional Support Animals: A Clinical-Forensic Perspective

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are increasingly popular, and mental health professionals are receiving requests from clients (and non-clients) for documentation that can be used to obtain ESA designation for pets, yet few professionals have been trained to assess the need for ESAs. Assessment of the need for ESAs requires knowledge of disability, the role of ESAs in symptom reduction and quality of life, the difference between ESAs and service animals, ethical considerations for recommendation of ESAs, contraindications for ESAs, and the law and ESAs. This program will aid clinicians in obtaining this knowledge and feeling prepared to address client requests for letters documenting the need for ESAs. 

Attendees will be given access to a PDF handout version of PowerPoint slides for this program with hyperlinks to references and a checklist that can be used to facilitate assessment of the need for emotional support animals.

Learning Objectives:

Define emotional support animals (ESAs) and differentiate ESAs from service animals. 
Describe the legal and ethical ramifications for recommending ESAs for clients.
List several recommended practices for addressing requests for ESA eligibility letters. 


This webinar is FREE to all of the following:
Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators (CFMHEs) and those who have applied to become CFMHEs

Members of any organization that partners with NBFE, including American Mental Health Counselors Association, Darsey, Black, & Associates, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, Utah Mental Health Counselors Association, Vecchi Group International, and Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Complimentary attendance is a benefit of affiliation with NBFE.  However, a nominal $5 administrative fee will be charged for attendees who wish to receive a certificate of attendance via email.

For more information: https://www.nbfe.net/event-2768596

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