About this course
You’ve been traumatized, and now you must face the person who traumatized you in court. Whether the case is divorce, child custody or some other litigation, when you go to court with a narcissist, you know that your opponent’s objective isn’t just to win the case. Your opponent will attempt to use legal procedures and the courts to crush you.
The irrationality of it all fries your brain. So on top of the original abuse that you endured, your opponent’s actions may cause you to suffer from Legal Abuse Syndrome — a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.
How can you protect yourself?
In Part 1 of this course, Dr. Karin Huffer explains steps you can and should take to protect yourself before you even enter the courtroom — like shutting off your cell phone when you’re not using it. And she’ll explain how to deflect your opponent’s attacks in court, and how to stay mentally touch during the litigation.
In Part 2, Dr. Huffer explains how the federal Americans with Disabilities Act can support you in court. She tells you exactly how to request accommodations, how to avoid unreasonable court-forced mediation, and how to control the perceptions that you create in the courtroom.
- How lies, defamation and slander affect you in court
- How Legal Abuse Syndrome complicates your ability to fight for your rights
- How invisible injuries — like anxiety and PTSD — qualify you for ADA accommodations
- Accommodations you can request from the court that don’t cost anything
- How an advocate can become your legal game-changer
About the instructor
As a marriage and family therapist with over 30 years experience, the late Dr. Karin Huffer identified, in 1995, that extreme stress caused by our adversarial courts of law exacerbates health problems and can cause PTSD and anxiety disorders. In response, she conducted a longitudinal survey identifying the unique needs of litigants with PTSD and developed a healing 8-step protocol for prevention and recovery. Dr. Huffer was founder of Equal Access Advocates, and conducted webinars that certify advocates in using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to help disabled litigants participate fully and equally in court.
Dr. Huffer was an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, N.Y. She held an M.S. in psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She was licensed by the Nevada State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists (#0082), and was a certified EMDR therapist. Dr. Huffer was retained as an ADA evaluator and expert witness in multiple court cases. She served as ADA advocate and forensic disability specialist for clients throughout the United States, and consulted on international cases.
Cost and credits
The cost for this course is only $50 for two hours of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can access it online as long and as often as you want.
Although this course does not award continuing education credits, you will be able to download a certificate of achievement upon completion.
Part 1: How to protect yourself when facing a coercive controller
- Implement strategies that will form a bubble of protection around you
- Take the first steps towards Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations
- Identify ADA accommodations that will help you participate fully in the litigation
- Respond appropriately when you are verbally attacked in court
- Stay mentally tough during litigation
Part 1 Program Agenda
- Looking at myself — what happened to ‘me’?
- Legal Abuse Syndrome
- Extended abuse and coercive control
- Inventory of your worries
- Safeguards to create a bubble of protection
- Getting started with ADA accommodations
- Examples of ADA accommodations
- Family Law process flowchart
- Deflecting insults and defamation
- Mental toughness in litigation
Part 2: How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can support you
- Make the connection between your diagnosis and your ability to perform in court
- Locate the ADA Access Coordinator in your courthouse
- Understand how an ADA advocate can support you during litigation
- Recognize the importance of separating emotional issues from legal issues
- Avoid unreasonable forced mediation in cases of domestic violence
Part 2 Program Agenda
- Legal Abuse Syndrome
- The effect of lies, slander and defamation on your court case
- How your diagnosis affects your performance in court
- The process of requesting ADA accommodations
- Examples of ADA accommodations in court
- How stress interferes with your ability to function
- Impression management to sell yourself to the court
- Unreasonable court forced mediation
- 12 signs that pro se litigants need an advocate
- How the advocate becomes the legal game changer
- What to do if you don’t have a certified ADA advocate
- What to do if the court denies your accommodations request
Here’s a preview of this webinar:
When you go to court with a narcissist, you need to stay focused and fight for your rights. Learn to protect yourself, deflect verbal attacks in court and stay mentally tough during the litigation. And use the ADA so you can get a fair hearing.
Surviving Court when You’re Traumatized – $50