Interpreting All That Psychobabble (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0 (GAL Child: 3.0; GAL Adult: 3.0)

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0; GAL Child: 3.0; GAL Adult: 3.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $180 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 8/31/2018

Information

A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the August 2015 webcast, Interpreting All That Psychobabble.

GAL Continuing Credits: 3.0

Note: Your GAL certificate may be found at the front of your written materials.


While mental health technical terms, differentiation, prognosis, and best practices in therapeutic approaches are all familiar to mental health professionals, most attorneys and the court could use a short, practical guide to the mental health and substance abuse field. Working in the public mental health arena for many years, Dr. Don Lewis frequently has been called upon to give the court objective data and clear explanations, in terms lawyers and judges can understand, so that the best decisions can be made.

During this program, Dr. Lewis will present a few slides depicting brain changes that occur in certain mental illness and substance abuse cases. He will give a brief overview of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth and Fifth Editions (DSM-IV & DSM-5), explaining what it is and how it is used. He will also tell you the one resource that should be in every attorney’s and every judge's library.

From that starting point, Dr. Lewis will give a quick overview of the major illnesses that regularly come before the court, explain why they do, and demonstrate the effect of each on persons suffering from mental illnesses, their partners, children, extended family, and society through the use of two-minute case studies. Options for treatment along with likelihood of success will go hand in hand with these descriptions. Dr. Lewis will also cover the issue of co-occurring illness, which is now understood as the norm, and how it affects individuals and families before the court.

Lastly Dr. Lewis will focus on the most disastrous, least understood mental illness. It is one of the most likely causes of child, spousal, and elder abuse — the disorder most likely to cause law enforcement to arrest the wrong people and judges to side with the wrong individuals. Dr. Lewis will cover what it is and why it is so easily missed, along with warning signs and symptoms (and yes, Dr. Lewis sometimes misses it, too).

 

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Faculty

Don S. Lewis, M.Div., MPH, Ph.D.

Don S. Lewis, now retired, was a manager of not-for-profit organizations and government agencies as well as a therapist with a private practice.  He held positions from a clinician to Executive Director in the Virginia Community Services Board system and Executive Director of Addiction Recovery Services, an opiate recovery medical clinic.  He is a skilled diagnostician and an experienced clinician and clinical supervisor in mental health, substance addiction service, sexual issues, and pastoral care.

Dr. Lewis has proved to be an effective, trainer, teacher and speaker comfortable working from one-on-one to groups of 1,000 or more.  He is a developer and trainer of multiple courses on clinical topics and skills, management, leadership, and self-protection.  He has made presentations to local, regional, and national level government agencies, counselor’s groups, law enforcement and corrections officers, and social workers among many others.  Dr. Lewis has taught college and seminary courses in psychology, ethics, and communication skills for mental health professionals. He, along with his wife Jane, have begun the 22nd Century Institute, LLC, a consulting and training business. He has three books at the publishers with projected release dates in 2015. 

 

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