Saturday, May 15, 2010

LITIGATION AND MENTAL HEALTH

I believe more attorneys are becoming aware of how legal issues may affect the mental health of clients. The Nassau County Bar Association is holding a seminar and this is from their email:

"Clients in Trouble: What Attorneys Need to Know About Trauma

Another Free Member Benefit brought to you by Wellness Wednesdays

Tuesday, May 18 12:30—2 p.m. at NCBA.

Learn how to better help your clients who are in the middle of a crisis situation, such as a criminal arrest, divorce, probate, personal injury, etc. At this seminar, attorneys will learn how to:

1. Identify when people need an attorney.

2. Explore the dynamics of crisis, trauma and loss and how they effect behavior and cognitive functioning.

3. Validate the impact on the attorney and the client-attorney relationship. It is comparable to a therapeutic relationship where therapists become drained working with depressed or acting-out clients.

4. Develop effective structures and strategies to help both client and attorney, such as clear contracts, clear limits, active listening, proactive education and normalization of issues for clients, and coping strategies for attorneys.

Guest Speaker: Sandra R. Wolkoff, LCSW North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center
Free for all NCBA Members!

RSVP is Required: Stephanie Pagano, 516-747-4070 or spagano@nassaubar.org. Optional Buffet lunch will be available"

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