Postpartum Support International offers unique workshop on Postpartum Depression and the Law!

On Friday, October 23rd, Postpartum Support International will present one of the first workshops – EVER – on legal actions involving a mother who suffered from a perinatal mood disorder. This program is being held at H2Ocean Restaurant in Cedar Knolls, NJ, a magnificent establishment whose owner, Sylvia Lasalandra Frodella, has been a major advocate and author regarding this issue.

Headlining the group of presenters will be attorney George Parnham, who represented Andrea Yates and Margaret Spinelli MD, author of the book Infanticide

Maternal Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
Location: H2Ocean Restaurant Meeting Room
41 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls New Jersey 07927

Thursday October 22, 7:00 pm Dinner at H2Ocean – All are invited!

Friday October 23, 2015, 8:00am Breakfast and Registration

Friday October 23, 2015, 8:30-5:00 Seminar

This educational seminar, presented by experts in the field of maternal mental illness and the law, is designed to increase the
competence and proficiency of professionals and advocates. The day-long seminar will provide practical, evidence-based, and
case-based information, with ample time for discussion. The seminar lead faculty is criminal defense attorney George Parnham,
JD, expert on the defense of individuals with mental illness and a passionate advocate for legal reform of their treatment in the
criminal justice system. Approved for 6.75 CMEs. Please contact Wendy Davis for information about
CLEs and CMEs, and financial aid policy.

8:00- 8:45: Registration and Breakfast
8:45- 9:00: Maternal Mental Illness and the state of legal defense: George Parnham, JD
9:00-10:00: Insanity Definitions, the Legal System and Responses — George Parnham, JD
10:15-11:15: Understanding Perinatal Psychiatric Illness and the Law — Shoshana Bennett, PhD
11:15-11:45: Discussion, Q & A
11:45-12:15: LUNCH SERVED
12:15- 1:15: Expert Panel:
 Po Chau JD: Public Defender experience
 Susan Benjamin Feingold PsyD: Clemency after incarceration
 George Parnham JD & Margaret Spinelli MD: difficult legal cases
1:30-2:30: Psychosis and Medical-Legal Systems: Gaps and Failures – Margaret Spinelli, MD
2:30-3:30: Types of maternal illness cases in Criminal Justice — Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD
3:45-4:45: Important factors in selecting and preparing an expert witness — Susan Dowd Stone, LCSW
4:45-5:00: Q&A and Discussion

For more information, contact Ann Smith at 917-207-0254 or

For futher information or to register, please click here!

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