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PLI Pro Bono: A Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Advocates: How to Effectively Address PTSD in Matters Involving Veterans and Others Affected by Trauma

  • 19 Jul 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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A Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Advocates: How to Effectively Address PTSD in Matters Involving Veterans and Others Affected by Trauma

Barbara Saavedra – Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares

PLI is pleased to collaborate with Swords to Plowshares to bring you this important new pro bono program on working with clients experiencing PTSD and trauma.

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.

Register for free today!

San Francisco and Live Webcast – July 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT

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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.

Special Feature:

  • New for 2017!

As part of PLI's commitment to public service and the pro bono activities of the legal community, there is no fee to attend this program.

Credit Information: CLE and CPD Credit

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Pro Bono Membership

PLI's Pro Bono Privileged Membership provides participating IRC Section 501(c)(3) organizations (including legal services, pro bono and nonprofit groups) with free access to PLI Live, Webcast or On-Demand programs without having to submit a scholarship application.

The Membership is an easy and convenient way for your organization to stay
up to date on important legal issues. For more information or to apply, please contact
Pro Bono Membership Services.

PLI On-Demand Library

There is basic to advanced programming in all of the pro bono topics that you need, available at your convenience, from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Visit our
On-Demand Learning page and take advantage of these training tools!

A few related offerings include:

Click the links above for program descriptions and registration information!

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in person? Schedule a PLI Groupcast to allow group viewing via Live or On-Demand Webcast in your office! Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at for more details.

Priority Code: HPA7-8AEM1

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