Elimination of Bias

Physical Disabilities and Mental Health Issues

How Do I Handle This?

Date: Monday, August 20, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (check-in 11:45 am)

Presenters: Adam Brown, Vaughn Held and Peggy Lender Spaulding

Adam Brown

Vaughn Held

Peggy Lender Spaulding

Place: SCBA Office, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa CA 95404

Cost: $45–SCBA Members; $55-Non Members & Public

MCLE Credit: 1.5 Units Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit

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Have you struggled with a client who appears to have a mental illness?
Do you know how to communicate with someone who is deaf or hearing impaired?

This program is designed to provide attorneys with a better understanding and the basic tools for working with clients, attorneys and others who may have a physical disability or a serious mental health issue. The presenters will offer a brief overview of your legal obligations, identify the kinds of disability and mental illness that you might encounter, and help you communicate more effectively and appropriately with people with physical disabilities or mental health issues. They will also answer your questions and provide you with community resources.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown is the Executive Director at Disability Services & Legal Center. Mr. Brown, an Attorney, has been employed by DSLC since 1997, additionally managing the Disability Law Clinic and serving as Legal Director for the agency. Also, since 2000, Mr. Brown has taught Administrative Law/Disability Practice at Empire College School of Law. Prior to joining DSLC, Mr. Brown was employed by the Massachusetts Office on Disability in Boston, MA and the Disability Rights Center, Inc. in Concord, NH.

Mr. Brown received his BA from Hartwick College (1991) and JD from Franklin Pierce – University of New Hampshire School of Law (1994).

Mr. Brown is an active member, in good standing, of the California Bar Association.

Vaughn Held
Vaughn Held is the Program Manager of Assistive Technology & Housing Access Modification at Disability Services & Legal Center. Vaughn Held has been employed by DSLC since 2000, additionally Vaughn serves on a number of committees. He is the Vice-chair of the TPCC, “Transit Para-transit Coordinating Committee”, he also is the Chairman of the Transportation & Mobility Committee serving as the 4th district representative on the AAA Advisory Board, “Area Agency on Aging”.

Mr Held received his BS from Colorado State University (1984).

Peggy Lender Spaulding
Peggy Ledner Spaulding is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is the Manager of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. She has worked in the mental health profession since obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, in 1981. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Sonoma State University, with honors, in 1977.

Peg has worked in a private practice and various social service agencies for over 20 years, treating adults, children and families. Since 2001, she has provided clinical treatment for adults and seniors in the day treatment programs at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

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