Services

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Advance your potential with the tools to protect fundamental human rights

IN PERSON TRAINING

Allow our experts to design and offer specialized seminars that are perfect for in-house educational training, one-on-one consultation, full course integration, or small group instruction

ONLINE TRAINING

We have perfected the online education experience and can help you reach potential students and clients through distance learning. Our proven seminars allow you to tap into an ever-growing demand to provide specialized training to professionals who strive to better understand and serve persons with a mental disability in their area of practice.

DESIGN YOUR OWN 

Do you have a project or idea that you’d love to bring to life? Since founding MDLPA, we have provided our clients with a wide range of consulting services. To find out more, get in touch.

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 MDLPA TRAINING: A SNAPSHOT

Expertise. Intuition. Ingenuity.

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TRAUMA AND THE LAW 

One example of the specialized training we provide is a course on Trauma and the Law with an emphasis on mental disability law. Trauma pervades almost every area of mental disability law. This discussion could cover some or all of the primary themes of interest to legal practitioners, mental health clinicians, and disability advocates. These include: the treatment of trauma-related disabilities in criminal courts, the role of trauma in the legal process for persons with mental disabilities, and the relationship between trauma and disability subordination. Training could also focus on a magnitude of legal and social issues that veterans are facing and offer solutions on how to effectively advocate for this population. Pertinent areas of exploration include: access to healthcare; access to mental health services; housing rights in the community; federal legislative approaches; stigma; civil rights in the community; and a full understanding of the medical and legal implications of being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Clients have also requested and received a special focus on the relationship between trauma and incompetency, insanity and sentencing.

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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Understanding neuroscience is at the forefront of working with persons with a developmental or intellectual disability. One particular example involves individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Research has established that persons accused of criminal behavior are at a high risk of having traumatic brain injuries that predate the offense with which they are charged. In such cases, often is no discussion of diversion opportunities or a need for comprehensive evaluation and treatment. Often, expert witnesses assigned to evaluate such individuals have no experience dealing with this specific population. Additionally, attorneys assigned to represent this cohort may not have encountered individuals with TBI before and may not be familiar with behavioral manifestations that could be relevant as a defense or as mitigation in individual cases. Our clients have also requested and received specialized training on understanding and navigating the care and treatment of persons with TBI in confinement, commitment, and in the community. 

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AUTISM AND THE LAW 

In the past 50 years, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has gone from a narrowly defined, rare disorder of childhood onset to a well-publicized, advocated, and researched lifelong condition, recognized as common and very heterogeneous. All of this makes it much more difficult for a person with autism in the criminal justice system, especially when their fate is to be decided by jurors who may either have no familiarity with autism or whose “familiarity” is based on a television stereotype. As a result, participation in such a system is often humiliating and shaming. Only if remedies such as the ones we propose are adopted will we be able to break the cycle of shame and humiliation that this population now faces

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And so much more...

Below is just a brief introduction into some of the many possible topics and areas of focus that our experts can offer

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FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) and the Law

FASD is linked to several factors that distinguish it as a distinct disability with unique considerations, such as high rates of mental health issues and substance use challenges, justice system involvement, and experiences of stigmatization. 

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Race, Gender, Class, & Culture

 The confluence of mental disability, gender, race, culture, and class often result in unique legal issues that have a far-reaching impact on virtually every aspect of their lives.

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Sex Offenders

Learn about the impact of collateral consequences of a sex offense. Navigate the extensive legislation and full criminal process with an informed understanding of the psychiatry, psychology, and the law.

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Juveniles

Explore the special issues surrounding juveniles with mental disabilities, including commitments to psychiatric institutions; competency determinations; sex offender designations; and navigating the criminal process. 

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Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to people with both physical and mental disabilities and addresses a wide range of disability-based discrimination.

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Mental Disability and Policing 

The impact of key events involving police use of deadly force is causing many in the disability and criminal justice community to think more creatively about ways to  successfully address the interaction between law enforcement and persons with a disability. We are living in uncertain times and must overcome current and anticipated future challenges.