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Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application
Why You Should Attend
Although PTSD can cause symptoms that significantly affect cognition and behavior, the people who assist or make critical decisions affecting those who experience PTSD may not recognize or understand these symptoms well. This training provides advocates with an understanding of PTSD that will allow them to:
- Work productively with clients who have experienced trauma;
- Learn about PTSD and how it may relate to clients’ legal issues;
- Partner effectively with mental health professionals; and
- Develop compelling evidence to support advocacy for individuals affected by PTSD.
What You Will Learn
Led by a faculty that includes a VA psychologist with extensive clinical expertise in PTSD and lawyers specializing in mental health-related advocacy, this training will provide:
- An understanding of how trauma and PTSD affect the brain;
- A description of PTSD symptoms and how they affect people in their day-to-day lives;
- Discussion of how PTSD symptoms can be relevant in legal proceedings;
- Guidance for developing relevant information and evidence about PTSD;
- Insight into mental health reports, evaluations, and other clinical evidence; and
- Strategies for working effectively with mental health professionals to develop and present information about PTSD that supports advocacy for those affected by trauma.
Who Should Attend
Any advocate involved in services, benefits, access to justice, or other assistance to clients who experience PTSD should attend this training to expand their understanding and enhance their ability to work effectively on issues affecting this sometimes misunderstood population.