Webinar - Paws for Assistance: A Guide to Psychiatric Service and Emotional Support Animals

Designed to fit the needs of both service providers and clients, this webinar will explore: the differences between a psychiatric service animal and an emotional support animal; the rights of individuals with psychiatric service or emotional support animals, including the right to public access and reasonable accommodations; and the importance of assistance animals in recovery.

Webinar

Paws for Assistance:
A Guide to Psychiatric Service and Emotional Support Animals

September 18, 2019, 10:00am - 11:30am
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Details:

Designed to fit the needs of both service providers and clients, this webinar will explore: the differences between a psychiatric service animal and an emotional support animal; the rights of individuals with psychiatric service or emotional support animals, including the right to public access and reasonable accommodations; and the importance of assistance animals in recovery.

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

  • Recognize and determine the differences between psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals.
  • Identify laws that protect people with mental health disabilities, specifically regarding their rights to public access and reasonable accommodations.
  • Examine how psychiatric service and emotional support animals promote recovery for people with mental health disabilities.

About the Presenter:

Robyn Gantsweg has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. Currently, she is the Peer Self-Advocacy Program Manager at Disability Rights California, where she has worked since 2002. In addition to overseeing the Peer Self-Advocacy Program, she presents peer-to-peer trainings on legal rights and self-advocacy skills for people with mental health disabilities in facilities and in the community. She has presented this training about psychiatric service and emotional support animals for peers, family members and service providers. Robyn has an emotional support animal, Bailey, who helps sustain her wellness and recovery.

Registration for the Paws for Assistance webinar is now closed.

For the people who have been selected to attend you will be receiving an email verifying your registration. This email will also include your ZOOM webinar link to join the webinar. If you have any questions please contact Robyn Gantsweg, at robyn.gantsweg@disabilityrightsca.org before the event.