Based on Dr. Jeffrey Younggren’s Assessment Model, clinicians will typically:
- Conduct a thorough assessment of the individual requesting an Emotional Support Animal certification in order to establish a disability and disability-related need.
- Evaluation of malingering.
- Consider if the animal in question is capable of performing the functions of an Emotional Support Animal.
- Assess the interaction of the client with the animal to determine whether the animal’s presence has a demonstrably beneficial effect on the patient.