Why you'll love this course

It's OK to love animals and still wonder whether you should write that ESA letter for a client requesting one. This course gets specific: It differentiates ESAs from other service animals, details the legal context for ESAs, and addresses the concerns many therapists have about writing a letter, all without pushing a specific agenda either supporting or opposing ESAs.

Course description

Use of Emotional Support Animals has been rapidly increasing, prompting public skepticism and strict new airline rules. Still, clients frequently request ESA letters from their therapists. Ben Caldwell gives the legal background on ESAs, and discusses the ethical and practical considerations for therapists considering whether and when to write such letters. This course is primarily Law and Ethics content.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between pets, Emotional Support Animals, and Service Animals.

  • Identify at least three ethical considerations for therapists debating whether to issue ESA letters.

  • Describe their ESA policy, including the requirements that must be met before they will issue an ESA letter.

Instructor

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD

Education Director, SimplePractice Learning

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD is a California-licensed marriage and family therapist (#42723). He currently serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles and The Wright Institute in Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, and Saving Psychotherapy. He has served on the AAMFT Ethics Committee, and for several years as Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for AAMFT-California.

User reviews

Very Informative

Neil Klatsky

As a 30 + year veteran therapist, I had a very limited understanding of an ESA. I would have been blindsided by a client if they had asked me for an ESA letter. This course nailed it on informing me and keeping me professionally updated on this m...

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As a 30 + year veteran therapist, I had a very limited understanding of an ESA. I would have been blindsided by a client if they had asked me for an ESA letter. This course nailed it on informing me and keeping me professionally updated on this matter.

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Great Information!

Tony Davis

I had recently been asked by a client to write and ESA letter, and denied the request, but then realized that I needed to know more about the ethics involved. This workshop supplied the information I need to make qualified decisions about this in ...

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I had recently been asked by a client to write and ESA letter, and denied the request, but then realized that I needed to know more about the ethics involved. This workshop supplied the information I need to make qualified decisions about this in the future.

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