2023 Registration


Registration closes March 24th for the 2023 convention.


To attend this convention you must:

1) fill out the registration form below,

2) pay the nonrefundable registration fee via PayPal or check the same day you fill out the form (required to validate your registration—no on-site registration), and

3) secure your accommodations.

Important details are below.

Two best buddies smiling into the camera!
“Was very nervous about going to our first convention, and thought of cancelling, but so glad I pushed through my fears and went. I made some great friends and was glad to have the opportunity to train around and with other SDs. I hope to attend many more conventions!” –2021 convention-goer

Registration and fee

The 2023 PSDP convention in Rock Hill, South Carolina is April 21st–24th. The $100 registration fee* is nonrefundable and cannot be paid on site. You can save 25% by registering by January 1st, at the $75 rate (also nonrefundable). Registration is limited to 25 people and closes on March 24th.

Pay by PayPal or check. You must submit your payment no later than the day you submit the registration form.

When we receive both your registration form and fee, your registration becomes valid. Non-validated registration form submissions will expire after a reasonably short timeframe.

For PayPal, there is are payment buttons just above the registration form. PayPal accepts credit cards and other forms of payment.

If you’re paying by check, mail the check by the day you register. Make checks payable to “PSDP” at 1651 Sandpiper Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29732 with “Convention” in the memo line. Later registrants should keep in mind that the fee must be received no later than March 24th.

*Since the payment is for a convention registration and you stand to gain something of value in return, convention (and testing) fees are not considered tax-deductible donations. Feel free to donate, too, though!

a line of convention attendees along a sidewalk. The include a Golden, a labradoodle, a Min Pin, an Australian Shepherd, and two Japanese Chin along with two wheelchairs and a walker.
“Absolutely amazing. If I can only go to one event each year, I need this convention to get that feeling of being at home among my chosen family. The memories of the latest convention and the anticipation of the next both help me get through the rest of the year!” –2021 convention-goer

Hotel reservations and travel

The officially scheduled parts of the convention are at or near the Hilton Garden Inn in Rock Hill from the evening of April 21st to the morning of April 24th. There is an optional daytime tourist outing to Discovery Place Science museum during the day on April 24th.  We have blocked 10 rooms for the nights of the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th; these are King/one-bed and Queen/two-bed rooms. Additional nights may be booked at the same rate.  To reserve one of our blocked rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn at our discounted rate (until they are all booked, or by March 24th otherwise), you can use the link below.

Booking Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=RKHRHGI&groupCode=PSP&arrivaldate=2023-04-21&departuredate=2023-04-25&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Discounted Rate: $129/room per night, plus tax and incidentals (click on the date at the top of the page to change the dates of your stay)
(This room rate includes Wi-Fi and breakfast.)

If you need an accessible room, please call the front desk directly at 803-325-2800 and mention the Psychiatric Service Dog Partners’ room block to get the same rate.

The Hilton Garden Inn Rock Hill is about a 30 minute drive from Charlotte International Airport (CLT). Most people wish they had more time with fellow convention-goers by the end, so arrange to extend your stay if you can, and spend extra time with friends old and new!

a man in colorful clothing and a reclined wheelchair strikes a dramatic pose in front of a black backdrop.
“The PSDP convention is where you find your disabled peer group and feel at home. I wish more people would come and experience the comfort and “disabled joy” I felt at being together with people I don’t have to explain myself to. This is community learning and bonding at their height!” —2022 convention-goer

Dog testing (optional)

Participants will have the option of taking PSDP’s SDIT Manners Evaluation and/or PSDP’s Public Access Test (PAT) at our convention (as of August 20th, the PAT slots are all full. If you want to be on the waitlist, sign up for a PAT in the registration form but do not pay for it. Bring $20 cash to the convention in case a slot opens up).

The Manners Evaluation is useful in marking progress along the SDIT journey. While it is intended for teams with a dog training to be a service dog, even experienced service dogs aren’t robots and can use the Manners Evaluation for a friendly checkup. The PAT is PSDP’s community milestone to help teams figure out when they might consider themselves as “graduates” from SDIT status to being a service dog team.

A maximum of six teams can sign up for each evaluation/test. If you want to guarantee your slot through early signup with registration, pay the low $20 fee (per evaluation/test, nonrefundable). It’s a good idea to bring $20 in cash if you might want to sign up at the convention for any remaining slots.

a woman holds eye contact with her papillion as they cross the room, while a woman in a wheelchair with 2 japanese chin in a bag in her lap observes in the background.
“I have never been so far away from home yet felt so at home before. This is the best gift I could ever give myself and my service dog.” –2019 convention-goer

Summary

So to recap, to attend this convention you must:

1) fill out the registration form below,

2) pay the nonrefundable registration fee via PayPal or check the same day you fill out the form (required to validate your registration—no on-site registration), and

3) secure your accommodations.

The registration form and payment process (if PayPal) must each be completed separately for every person in your party.

To keep the convention safe, if we do not yet know you we may touch base with you before the convention. We reserve the right to restrict attendance to those for whom we determine the convention would be appropriate. Please provide active contact info through the registration form so we don’t drop your registration if we can’t get in touch with you (it’s happened)!

When you fill out and submit the registration form, it may go blank—please do not resubmit. If you would like to confirm that your registration has gone through, or if you have any other questions about the convention, feel free to contact Veronica Morris through the contact us form.

A Miniature Pinscher stares deeply into the camera while lying on a lounge chair by the pool.
“If you have a psychiatric service dog and have never understood the term ‘family of choice’, this convention is what you’re missing. Every year I’m amazed at how just one weekend can touch so many aspects of my life and warm my heart for the coming year!” –convention-goer

Click below to pay through PayPal and fill out the registration form on this page below. (Please do not pay for the PAT if you are registering after August 20, 2022. The PAT slots are now all taken. Sign up on the registration form to be on the waitlist, and you will be contacted if a spot opens up).

Registration fee

Testing