second-annual map trauma-informed cle

Post-Traumatic Stress is a normal reaction to an abnormal set of circumstances. According to Dr. Jonathan Shay, “it is the persistence into civilian life of the valid adaptations to the real situations of other human beings trying to kill you, and doing a damn good job of it.” When we train and condition our fellow citizens in the use of violence, then send them into the horrors of war to perform unimaginable tasks, we should not be surprised when some bring their wars home with them and act out against their own communities.

Veterans’ advocates, specifically legal professionals, are positioned to assist veterans not only with their legal issue but to help them continue down the path to heal.

This training aims to introduce advocates to client-centered, trauma-informed lawyering through an understanding of the role of PTSD, and a client’s trauma history, that will enable them to: (1) Understand how a client’s trauma history may relate to their legal issues; (2) Work thoughtfully with clients who have experienced trauma; (3) Partner effectively with mental health professionals; and (4) Develop client-centered, trauma-informed lawyering and interviewing skills



  • General Admission: $60

  • Legal Service/Public Interest Attorneys: $40

  • Students: Free

If the expense of attending this CLE seminar would impose financial hardship, MAP may award scholarships, waiver of course fees, reduced fees, or discounts on a case by case basis. Contact us for more details.

This program is pending approval by the PA Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 hours of substantive law, practice, and procedure CLE credit and 1 hour of ethics, professionalism, or substance abuse CLE credit.


  • Dr. Ashleigh AdamsLicensed Clinical Psychologist, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Timothy J. Wynn: OIF Veteran, United States Marine Corps & Mentor Program Coordinator & Veteran Peer Specialist, Philadelphia Veterans Court

  • Richard A.J. Prebil, Esq.: Equal Justice Works Fellow & Staff Attorney, Military Assistance Project

  • Dr. Cecilia M. Cardesa-Lusardi: Executive Director, Military Assistance Project


contact MAP Executive Director Dr. Cecilia M. Cardesa-Lusardi


  • (215) 557-3550 x 102