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Veterans Treatment CourtThe BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project at American University will conduct the first in a series of interactive webinar sessions on Veterans Treatment Court Programs on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST, with a follow-up interactive web meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST to discuss applied examples from the previous session and address questions participants have that could not be answered during the first session.

Session I: Attorneys, Judges, and Court Personnel as First-Responders: Strategies to Identify and Mitigate Trauma Among Veteran Participants with PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries in Veterans Treatment Court Settings

Forensic stress, which is generated solely by involvement in the criminal litigation, often aggravates symptoms of existing mental health conditions for veterans facing charges. It impairs the defendant’s abilities to make reasoned legal decisions and challenges attorneys and other professionals in the justice system to identify and counteract these powerful forces. This Webinar describes methods to assist attorneys and other members of a treatment team in diverting the client from his or her own symptoms – not only from confinement. It also identifies some risks inherent in the professional’s exposure to a Veteran’s own traumatic experiences.


  • Understand, at a practical level, how all professionals can assist in minimizing the anti-therapeutic consequences of participation in Veterans Treatment Courts.
  • Appreciate the unique issues facing attorneys in the representation of a client with PTSD or other Operational Stress Injuries.
  • Recognize the risk of a professional’s exposure to underlying traumatic material in a case and exposure to a Veterans Treatment Court participant’s stress symptoms.

Register here
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. EST

Session II: Follow-up Q&A with Applied Examples
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

For additional information on these topics and more from the NIC Information Center, click here.

Posted Thu, Feb 11 2016 7:28 AM by Susan Powell


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