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Recommending Support Animals (2 CEUs)
October 5, 2017 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Heather M. Holt, MSW, LICSW
There is an increasing trend among mental health professionals being asked to write letters for clients who would like to have support animals. It’s important for this to be done thoughtfully, ethically and using best practices. This lecture includes the basic information you need to make a decision on behalf of your client while ensuring that you and your clinic are adhering to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) law.
- You will know the difference between service, emotional support/companion and therapy animals.
- You will understand how mental health professionals are being asked to get involved in the process.
- You will understand what the law states in regards to access to public places.
- You will understand what documentation is necessary for each type of support animal.
- You will know how to responsibly respond to clients who request a letter of accommodation.
- You will have the basic tools to educate clients on the differences between support animals.
Heather Holt, MSW, LICSW, is a therapist at Brave Choices, Inc. in St. Paul. She is often accompanied by her service dog, Cupido. Heather is a therapist to individuals, couples and families. She specializes in complex cases, mood disorders and chronic health conditions. Heather educates clients about support animals and assists clients in obtaining support animals when appropriate.
Southdale Library (Hennepin County Library)
Ethel Berry Room – 2nd floor
7001 York Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435
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