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Practical Aspects of Social Security and SSI Disability
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CE Approval Pending Many individuals with physical and psychological disabilities struggle to access disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Psychologists who work with disabled clients also need help understanding and navigating this complex system. This workshop seeks to provide a working understanding for mental health practitioners regarding the complexities of proving disability claims from a legal perspective under SSDI and SSI. 1.5 CE units.

9/29/2016
When: Sept 29, 2016
7pm
Where: Argosy University
1005 Atlantic Ave. Room 201
Alameda, CA  94501
United States
Contact: Sarah Sloan
(510) 433-9580


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Many individuals with physical and psychological disabilities struggle to access disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Psychologists who work with disabled clients also need help understanding and navigating this complex system. This workshop seeks to provide a working understanding for mental health practitioners, particularly psychologists, regarding the complexities of proving disability claims from a legal perspective under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Participants will learn about the basic guidelines utilized by the Social Security Administration, and how disability benefits differ from other programs such as Worker's Compensation and California State Disability (SDI). The instructors will discuss the Social Security Administration's unique definition of “disability” in the context of its rulings, regulations, and case law as it pertains to both severe physical and psychological conditions. The overall Social Security application and appeals process will be discussed, including what happens at Social Security/SSI administrative hearings. Finally, information will be disseminated regarding consultative examinations, medical experts, and the role that a claimant's mental health therapist plays in the disability process.

 

Richard Gustadt, J.D., is an Oakland-based Social Security appeals attorney. For more than 40 years, Mr. Gustadt has been helping individuals who have disabling injuries and illnesses secure the benefits they need. He is a board member of the Alameda County Health Care Foundation, the former California Co-Chairperson of the National Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and a founding member of the Bay Area Social Security Claimants' Representatives.


Eric Patrick, J.D., joined Richard Gustadt's law practice in 2011 and has a background in civil litigation. Mr. Patrick is committed to helping clients fight for their right to disability benefits. His philosophy is to work closely with clients, fully reviewing all medical and non-medical evidence, with the goal of bringing forward the strongest possible case to bring before the Social Security Administration.

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