Critical information about Emotional Support Animals, including practice-related legal/ethical issues ESA services can pose

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    Many clinicians are being asked to write letters about their clients’ Emotional Support Animals, but what does that really mean for both the client and the clinician? This course covers what Emotional Support Animals are and how to differentiate them from other assisted animals, and also covers the basic ethical, legal, and practical considerations about ESA letter-writing. The fact is that ESA letter-writing can have major consequences for client and clinician alike, and it's a choice clinicians should carefully consider before typing out 'the letter'.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Identify the differences between Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals; Describe two or more laws that apply to Emotional Support Animals; Identify at least one element of how to certify an ESA

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Log into your Clearly Clinical account and achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

    Course requirements (including the course audio, post-test, and course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast interview, which is available for free via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your other favorite podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via the course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, sponsor, or instructor.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

Expert Interviewee and Interviewer

Ariel Landrum, LMFT

Teletherapy and ESA Expert

Ariel Landrum is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Art Therapist and Clinical Director of Guidance Teletherapy. She is a proud Filipino American currently practicing out of Reseda, California. She is a self-identified “geek therapist,” who enjoys using pop culture in her treatment work. Her father was in the military for 24 years which resulted in her growing up on in four countries, four US states, and one US territory. Ariel has worked in school, home-based, military bases, hospital, residential, and methadone clinic settings. She has worked with couples, families, children, adolescents, and groups. Populations and issues she specializes in includes struggles for military members and their families, LGBTQ+ issues, and surviving childhood sexual assault. She started Guidance Teletherapy Coop in hopes of providing affordable mental health treatment to individuals throughout the U.S. and increase support for therapists in private practice.

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT


Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter. She operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. Beth is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. She also has two young children, a super cool husband who helps out with Clearly Clinical, a rescue dog, and a rescue cat.

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