Dr. V. Stone   CLE Workshops for Lawyers - Continuing Legal Education - Trainings for Judges

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Upcoming Continuing Education Workshops

Dec. 10: Demonstrating Disability After Brain Injury: New Science, New Techniques.
Registration is closed.

Program Highlights
  • Get benefits for clients who are truly disabled by making sure they have the right assessments.
  • Save money for your clients or your firm by learning more sensitive, targeted psychological tests to ask for.
  • Learn about 5 psychological tests commonly used in brain injury cases that are not sensitive to brain injury, and 6 newer tests that are.
  • Don't let clients who have real brain injuries be denied benefits because a brain scan doesn't show anything. Learn what different kinds of brain scans can and cannot tell you.
  • Don't waste time and money on cases that cannot be won: Learn the latest science on how experts detect malingering in brain injury cases.
  • Learn how to present your client's case in simple terms. Unlike many psychologists, Dr. Stone has spent 18 years teaching brain science to undergraduates, making complex technical ideas clear to non-experts.
  • Unlike CLE material on DVD/CD, a live CLE seminar can respond to your specific needs and questions. Time included for questions and case discussion.
  • Register today to get the early registration discount! Call  303.669.8528  or send the information requested below to us by email (register@assesscompetency.com)
  • Listen to our free 55-minute talk on "Protecting Clients With Brain Injury."
Program Description
  • Focuses mostly on traumatic brain injury, but also covers other causes of brain injury.
  • Explains why damage in TBI only begins at the moment of impact, but can progress after the impact.
  • Explains physical evidence for brain injury, new information on different types of brain imaging, limitations of CT scans.
  • Covers in detail what different kinds of psychological evidence mean for disability in patterns of work attempts, concentration, persistence, and pace, social functioning, and episodes of decompensation.
  • Covers the latest research on psychological tests for detecting malingering/suspect effort, and evidence for more sensitive tests than the MMPI.
  • Covers recent controversies on concussion and mild traumatic brain injury.
  • Time built in for discussion of specific case examples.
     Unlike many psychologists who are expert witnesses, Dr. Stone spent 18 years teaching brain science to undergraduates, making complex technical ideas clear to non-experts. She can help you put your case into simple terms that a jury can understand.
     The right science-based questions to ask an expert witness, or the right evidence-based assessments to document a disability claim can make the difference between a claim paid and a claim denied. We teach you what to ask.

Dates & Locations

In Colorado: Dec. 10, 2010 12:30 pm-4:30 pm, CO.
$125 for new lawyers ($175 after 11/30).

To get information on future workshops, call  303.669.8528  or email us (register@assesscompetency.com) with this information: Name, firm & address, phone, type of practice you have (e.g., disability law, plaintiff's attorney, insurance defense), and where you heard about the the workshop. We'll send you payment information (Paypal, credit card, or checks accepted).

  December 2-3, 2010: Know When Your Clients Can Make Decisions for Themselves: Science & Ethics in Capacity and Competency

In healthy aging, seniors should have full decision-making capacity, for financial and medical decisions. If a senior (or younger adult) has Alzheimer’s, stroke, or other neurological conditions, however, they may not have full capacity. Unscrupulous family members or scammers intent on committing financial abuse may take advantage of seniors with such brain disorders. Furthermore, many neurological problems in seniors are progressive, with early and intermediate stages in which the person may have some mental capacities fully intact, but be impaired in other areas. Some conditions that appear to be dementia are in fact temporary or reversible conditions, so legal intervention is not appropriate. To complicate matters, some psychologists who do capacity assessments may not provide information that is specific enough for courts to distinguish capacity in one domain or another. I will cover the latest evidence-based tools for assessing decision-making capacity, including how psychologists can decide when decision-making is spared in one domain but impaired in a different domain. I will go over the key questions to ask to get the information you need from psychologists doing assessments. Finally, I will discuss how vulnerability to financial exploitation may be an early sign of impaired capacity.

Dates & Locations
  • CBA CLE Advanced Elder Law Institute Dec. 2-3, 2010. The Advanced Elder Law Institute was a great success.
  • For information, contact CO Bar Association (303-824-5375), or call 303.669.8528 
  • or email us (register@assesscompetency.com)

Past Workshops

Disability Following Brain Injury: Training for Administrative Law Judges, December 7, 2009, Denver Region Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, Social Security Administration, Denver, CO (with VTC participation from CO Springs, Salt Lake City, UT, Cheyenne, WY, Rapid City, SD, Billings, MT, and Fargo, ND offices).  

Taught by Dr. Valerie Stone
B.A. Harvard, 1985, Ph.D. Stanford, 1990
More about Dr. Stone
Email Dr. Valerie Stone (vestone@assesscompetency.com)