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Do I Write the Letter for an Emotional Support Animal or Not?
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When: Friday, April 19, 2019
9:00 AM
Where: Ruby River Hotel
When Friday, April 19, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT Add to Calendar Morning Coffee will be av
Spokane, Washington  99202
United States
Contact: Suzanne

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Dear Counselors, Veterinary Professionals and Others,


We invite you to join us to explore the legal and ethical implications of responding to client requests for writing letters for Emotional Support Animals (ESA's).


We have found that this is a controversial topic even amidst our profession and one that is often misunderstood around what must be considered with such letters. Dr. Phyllis Erdman has spent time studying this important issue. It is sure to be an informative discussion to help guide you and/or your organization when you get requests like this.


There are early bird, student an group rates available. Email me to learn about group rates. Find more information and register below. Any assistance to forward this to others who may be interested in this training is much appreciated. We hope that you can join us! Warmly, Suzanne Apelskog, MS, LMHC, BC-TMH



Do I Write the Letter for an Emotional Support Animal or Not?

Navigating the Legal and Ethical Implications of client requests


Helping professionals are often asked to write letters to support a client/potential client's request for an emotional support animal (ESA). However, they are often confused by whether or not they should do this. This workshop will provide a background on ESA's and explain some of the legal and ethical implications involved. Participants will have a chance to respond to hypothetical scenarios to help them apply the content.This training earns 3 hours of NBCC Continuing Education Credit with law and ethics.


· Understand the definitions of an emotional support animal (ESA)

· Learn what is required to write a letter to support a request for an ESA

· Become familiar with the legal and ethical implications


There are early bird, group and student discounts available. Email for more about group rates 3 or more).

Professionals:$69.00 before April 10, and $79.00 after this.

Students (enrolled in a counseling related graduate program ):$55.00 before April 10th and $60.00 after this.

Registration, the day of the event is only open if there are seats availableand is $83.00 for professionals and $62.00 for students (at the door).

About the Presenter


Dr. Phyllis Erdman pictured with Duke and Fancy

Phyllis Erdman, PhD is a professor in the Counseling Psychology program and Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education at Washington State University (WSU). Dr. Erdman has conducted research in parent/child relationships and human-animal interaction (HAI), specifically looking at the effectiveness of equine facilitated activities. She is past chair of the Section on Human-Animal Interaction, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association. She served as a consultant on a $100,000 NIH Grant in 2010-2012 to measure the impact of an equine facilitated program on children's stress levels and social competence development. She also completed studies on the impact of equine programs on social skills development for children on the autism spectrum.


Dr. Erdman works with the PATH Therapeutic Riding Program at WSU and provides programs in equine activities directed with youth, parent child teams and Veterans.She also works closely with colleagues in the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU, particularly focused on pet loss/grief and infusing the human-animal bond into Veterinary practice. She has created an online non-credit course at WSU entitled:Human-Animal Interaction: What We Know and What We Don't Know.Her goal is to promote the field of human-interaction within a multidisciplinary framework.



CECo-Sponsorship and Refund Policy

Suzanne Apelskog, MS, LMHC, BC-TMH is Co-Sponsoring Dr. Phyllis Erdman, LMHCThis Co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. Suzanne Apelskog of Life's Learning

is an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6786. The ACEP is soley responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.



Full Refunds will be given with 72 hours notice to the date of the training.

Cancellations without 72 hours notice, will be refunded 50% of the original rate paid.

Cancellations the day of the event will not be refunded.



We will provide a general certificate of attendance for other professionals and graduate students.


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