Eighteenth Annual PD Clothing Drive - December 7, 2019

Please remember the 18th Annual Public Defender Clothing Drive at the Orange County Courthouse on Saturday, December 7th between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  We will be located at the circular driveway at 435 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801,…
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Diversion to What? Evidence-Based Mental Health Services that Prevent Needless Incarceration

Investing in community-based mental health services provides numerous benefits, including a reduction in law enforcement intervention and incarceration. These services also promote the integration of people with mental health disabilities into…
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Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Forum - November 13 at 6:30 PM

Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Forum Presented by: League of Women Voters of Seminole County Come and learn how you can protect your community from the crime of labor and sex human trafficking Date: November 13, 2019 Time: 6:30…
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PD9 and GCD Host Capital Defense Conference in Orlando: Telling the Client's Story

The Georgia Capital Defenders had scheduled a great October CLE program in Savannah captioned “Telling the Client’s Story,” but had complications which prevented them from going forward. We contacted GCD and offered to put on their program…

Un-Making a Murderer, Exclusive Interview with Brendan Dassey and Laura Nirider

This special edition of ​ Wrongful Conviction ​ features Jason Flom’s exclusive interview with Brendan Dassey from behind bars—the only interview ever conducted with Brendan. The case against Brendan, and his uncle Steven Avery, is the…
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Lawmakers Call for Investigations into Wesley Chapel Psychiatric Hospital

State and federal lawmakers are asking for reviews of North Tampa Behavioral Health after the Tampa Bay Times found that it exploits patients held under the state’s mental health law. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, sent a letter…
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FREE Webinar: Trauma and Brain Science: Is My Brain Really Elastic?

This webinar will address how brain science explains the quality of elasticity in our brain function. It will describe how we can use this quality to develop new behaviors and thinking patterns that help us build resilience and wellness. Participants…
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Parents Say 10-Year-Old Son with Autism was Handcuffed, Put in Patrol Car

Parents of a 10-year-old boy who has autism say the child was handcuffed, put in the back of a patrol car and transported to a mental health facility after he ran from school administrators. According to a federal lawsuit filed…
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When People with Intellectual Disabilities Are Punished, Parents Pay the Price

Carol Nesteikis, 66, has never committed a crime. But for two years, from six in the evening to six in the morning the next day, she lived under de facto house arrest with her 32-year-old son, Adam. It wasn’t because she wanted to. The…
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Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope - September 26 at 10 AM

Thursday, September 26 Screening 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Valencia College Lake Nona Campus Room 148 12350 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)…
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Association of Parental Incarceration with Psychiatric and Functional Outcomes of Young Adults

This cohort study, using data from a community-representative, longitudinal study, found that parental incarceration was associated with young adults’ increased odds of having an anxiety disorder, having a felony charge, spending time in jail,…
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'I'm Still Dealing With It': How Two Veterans Are Learning to Cope with PTSD

Army veteran Isiah James ‘loved’ being in the military. He says he enjoyed the kinship and camaraderie that the U.S. armed forces offered him. But when the Army medically retired him at 27, “that’s when all the problems hit me,”…
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Combat Veterans Needed for UCF Study

Combat Veterans are needed for a UCF study – UCF Restores is recruiting Veterans and/or active duty who were involved in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars for a research study on PTSD. The study will help develop tests to aid clinicians in their…
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FREE Webinar: Trauma and Brain Science: Why Is My Work Following Me Around?

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:30:00 PM EDT - 4:30:00 PM EDT This webinar will address how brain science explains the longer-term effects of trauma and how it impacts us in various aspects of our lives. It will teach participants how to identify…
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FREE Webinar: Trauma and Brain Science: Why Can’t I Think My Way Out of This?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 3:30:00 PM EDT - 4:30:00 PM EDT This webinar will address how trauma responses, protective during traumatic experience change our brain function and physiology in ways that are not subject to our voluntary control.…