Emotional Support Animals

The American Psychological Association
Human Animal 
Interaction (HAI)
Emotional Support Animal Position Statement
can be found here.

It offers guidance to psychologists who are receiving ESA prescription requests.
(https://www.apa-hai.org/human-animal-interaction/emotional-support-animal-position-statement/)

 

 

WDET Culture Shift segment on ESA legislation pending:

Dr. Betz King speaks with WDET’s Culture Shift, regarding a proposed house bill which would make the misrepresentation of Emotional Support Animals a crime.
Her interview is here –

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Publications and presentations – 

Ames, A., DePorter, T., Johnson, A., King, B. (2019).  Multidisciplinary Considerations of the Emotional Support Animal Certification.  Presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago IL

King, B. (2019). Tales from the Dog Park – Mutuality and well being.  Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago IL.

Ames, A., DePorter, T., King, B. (2019). Multidisciplinary Considerations of the Emotional Support Animal Certification.  Presentation at International Society of Anthrozoology, Annual Conference, Orlando FL

Ames, A., DePorter, T., Johnson, A., King, B. (2019).  Multidisciplinary Considerations of the Emotional Support Animal Certification.  Presentation at Interdisciplinary Forum of Applied Animal Behavior, Annual Conference, Tempe  CO.

Useful Links and References

AAI-int.org standards of practice 2019 – www.aai-int.org

Air Carrier Access Act https://www.transportation.gov/individuals/aviation-consumer-protection/service-animals-including-emotional-support-animals

American Counseling Association (2019). Position statement on Emotional Support Animals.  Human-Animal Interactions in Counseling Interest Network.  Retrieved from https://www.ccu.edu/_files/documents/life-directions/human-animal-interventions-in-counseling-interest-network-position-statement.pdf

Americans with Disabilities Act https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm 

APA Division 17, Section 13 – Human Animal Interactionswww.apa-hai.org/human-animal-interaction/

Babione, J. M. (2010). Evidence-based practice in psychology: An ethical framework for graduate education, clinical training, and maintaining professional competence. Ethics & Behavior, 20, 443-453.

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB or ACAAB) from the Animal Behavior Society https://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/applied-behavior-caab-directory.php

Certified Professional Dog Trainer listings: https://apps.apdt.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=TrainerSearch

Federal Fair Housing Act (FHAct, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3631.) https://www.justice.gov/crt/fair-housing-act-2  https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/disability_main

Younggren, J. N., Boisvert, J. A., & Bones, C. L.(2016). Examining emotional support animals and role conflicts in professional psychology. Professional Psychology-Research and Practice, 47(4), 255-260. doi: 10.1037/pro0000083

Younggren, J. N., Boness, C. L., Bryant, L. M., & Koocher, G. P. (2019, August 1). Emotional support animal assessments: Toward a standard and comprehensive model for mental health professionals. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.  Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pro0000260

Fine, A., Garcia, R. M., Johnson, R., Winkle, M., & Yamazaki, K. IAHAIO WHITE PAPER.

Boness, C.L., Younggren, J.N. and Frumkin, B. (2017). The certification of emotional support animals: Differences between clinical and forensic mental health practitioners, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 48(3), Jun 2017, 216-221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pro0000147.