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North Dakota Mental Health Counselors Assosciation Fall Two-Day Conference

September 23-24

Capital Ice Complex, 1504 Wichita Dr., Bismarck, ND
Topic is "Emotional Support Animals (ESA)"

Registration Rates:
Both Days -
NDMHCA member: $100
NDMHCA Graduate Student members: $75.00
Non-NDMHCA members: $150.00

Single Day -
First Day: $125.00 Second Day: $50.00

Mail form and payment to:
Torina McConnachie
7810 27th Street NE,
Bismarck ND, 58503

Or pay through PayPal at www.ndcounseling.org

To sign up for a NDMHCA membership, go to www.ndcounseling.org under membership. Currently a half year membership to NDCA and NDMHCA is $26 (you must sign up for NDCA to sign up for NDMHCA).

For Questions, Contact:
Torina McConnachie
701-333-9329 contactndmhca@gmail.com

This workshop is sponsored by the North Dakota Mental Health Counselors Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

Presenter: Ariel Landrum, LMFT

Program Objectives

  • History of ESA accommodations, disability accommodations, including laws and other rights
  • What an assisted animal is and the different types of assisted animals
  • Which populations benefit the most from emotional support animals
  • The cultural considerations when writing a letter
  • What is needed in an emotional support animal letter Including legal and ethical considerations when writing the letter
  • The rights of landlords and housing managers Including the exceptions that can result in a request being denied


Registration 9:00-9:30 am
Lunch on your own 11:30-1:00 pm
Resume 1:00-3:00 pm
Q&A/Distribution of Certificates to Follow

About our Speaker

Ariel Landrum is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Art Therapist. She is a proud Filipina American practicing teletherapy out of Reseda, California. She is a self-identified "geek therapist" who uses her client's passions and fandoms to create connections, strengthen self-esteem, and support individuality. She has worked with children ages 3-17 years old, adults 18-61 years old, and senior citizens 62-83 years old. She specializes in working with: military members and their families, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. She also has expertise in the ESA letter assessment and writing process, as well as the Gender Affirmation Surgery assessment and letter writing process. When she is not helping members of her Coop thrive as private practice clinicians, you can catch her playing Stray or petting her pup while watching Disney+.

Service Project

Society of St Vincent de Paul- North Dakota

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul gives emergency assistance to parishioners and others living in the area with food, clothing and medicine, as well as assistance with utilities and rent. Private meetings to preserve the privacy of those they help are set up to discuss individual needs and available resources. Call 701-222-8011 to set up a meeting in the Bismarck/Mandan area.