PTSD 101 for Attorneys

Suzanne Best, Ph.D
Suzanne Best, Ph.D |

Dr. Suzanne Best is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist licensed in Oregon and Washington with over 20 years’ experience in the research, treatment, and evaluation of trauma exposed individuals.

On-Demand: December 3, 2020

PTSD 101 for Attorneys
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Program Summary

This workshop will provide attorneys with a fundamental understanding of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The basis and characteristics of this complex condition will be explored as it relates to legal/forensic practice including employment, disability, civil, and criminal law. In addition, this workshop will address the impact of PTSD on a client’s ability to assist in their case and strategies for avoiding and mitigating against potential problems.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Understand the varieties of trauma exposure and their differential impacts
  • Learn the symptom presentation and diagnostic criteria of PTSD
  • Learn the conditions associated with and secondary to PTSD
  • Learn effective treatments for PTSD and how you can best support clients with PTSD

Date / Time: November 19, 2021

  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Pacific

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Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program "live" in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for "live" CLE credit.
On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are viewable for up to one year.

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Suzanne Best_Ph.D_myLawCLESuzanne Best, Ph.D

Dr. Suzanne Best is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist licensed in Oregon and Washington with over 20 years’ experience in the research, treatment, and evaluation of trauma exposed individuals. After a decade of directing research studies with combat veterans, first responders, and civilian trauma survivors at the PTSD Research Program of the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco VA Medical Center, Dr. Best relocated to Portland, Oregon where her focus has remained on PTSD and trauma-related conditions.

Dr. Best has written extensively on the topic of PTSD and is frequently called upon to provide workshops and trainings for a variety of professionals including attorneys, mental health providers, first responders, veterans’ organizations, and community agencies. More recently, Dr. Best authored a chapter on the Impact of Warzone Deployment in Still at War: A Guide for Defenders, Prosecutors and Judges Dealing with the Oregon Veteran Defendant Crisis sponsored by the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

In her forensic practice, Dr. Best specializes in consulting, evaluating, and providing expert witness testimony in employment, disability, civil, and criminal cases involving trauma. In addition, she maintains a clinical practice in which she treats first responders and veterans as well as civilian victims of trauma.


I. What is Trauma? Varieties and characteristics of trauma exposure | 2:00-2:20
II. What is PTSD? Diagnostic criteria and symptom descriptions (with case examples) | 2:20-2:40
III. Who is Affected? Risk factors associated with the development and course of PTSD | 2:40-3:00
IV. What is the Impact? Secondary conditions and functional impact of PTSD | 3:00-3:20
V. What are the Treatments? Recommended medication and therapeutic interventions | 3:20-3:40
VI. What can I do? How attorneys and legal teams can avoid pitfalls and lessen symptomatic reactions in clients with PTSD | 3:40-4:00