Topic:
Psychological and Counseling

“Mindfulness in the Minefields”

Author, instructor and attorney, Emily Doskow provides an hour-long presentation to introduce attorneys to the concept of mindfulness — the practice of noticing one’s experience in the present moment — and explore its application to the practice of law. Her presentation includes basic instructions in meditation along with two brief meditations, one guided and one unguided. Emily explains how brain science indicates that mindfulness is an effective tool for reducing stress and increasing our sense of well-being. Her presentation includes discussions of mindfulness and self-reflection as lawyering skills that support us in working with clients, opposing counsel, and ourselves; and about the use of mindfulness to deal with strong emotions and cultivate compassion for ourselves, our clients, and even our opponents.

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“Screening for Power Imbalances and Danger in Our Cases”

This program describes screening assessments for power imbalances and danger in mediation and collaborative cases, and how some screening techniques may be adapted for use by litigators. While not optimal in litigated matters, screening techniques still have value in determining, even if based almost solely on information from one party, whether and to what extent a risk of harm might exist for the client, what type of power imbalance may exist between the parties, and therefore what amount and type of contact and communications that can/should be supported by an attorney for his/her client and the opposing party. This is useful not only in discussions with one’s client, but also in tailoring arguments for relief via RFO, or in settlement negotiations. The materials include the slide presentation, screening forms and statistical information to weigh potential risks of harm.

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Advocacy in Action: The Psychology of Persuasion

Ron Granberg teaches the fine art of persuading the logical and the emotional decision makers to settle cases or influence the decision maker. Learn the three arguments for the logical decision: Syllogism, Generalization and Analogy. Contrast for the persuasion of the emotional decision maker with Heuristic Decision making, understanding the dynamics of aggression, calming the fear-anger storm, and offering recognition deals. These techniques are effective with both types of decision makers and when done correctly culminate in a  successful end result. Ron Granbergs’ approach is clarified with many slides and detailed explanations of each of these techniques. This video is a “Must-Have” for attorneys to understand and implement psychology while dealing with their client, their adversary, and the decision maker. As always, Ron makes a deep issue fun to learn.

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Attachment: A Concept in Search of Understanding

Robert A. Simon,Ph.D. is an expert witness, child custody evaluator, child custody consultant, and custody mediator with over 30 years of experience in custody forensic psychology. This presentation is provides the attorney with an understanding of the role of “attachment” in the custody decision. Dr. Simon addresses the weight of attachment at the various ages of development of the child. Consider the factor of attachment in the determination of best interests. This presentation will give you some familiarity with the literature on attachment for psychological use in forensic psychology.Attachment is best described and cannot be measured. Consider the age of the child and the value of home observations in an evaluation. The recognition of attachment plays a role in the approach to reunions of parent and child. If you litigate or mediate custody, the knowledge from this presentation by Dr. Simon is a must.

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