Emotional Support Animals

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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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.