March 6, 2018 – March 7, 2018 all-day America/New York Timezone
Ala Moana Hotel
410 Atkinson Dr
Honolulu, HI 96814

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Course Description

Attention federal supervisors, HR professionals, medical professionals, attorneys, and other agency employees:

  • What should you do when an employee with a behavioral health issue has an episode in the workplace?
  • Do you know how to accommodate and work with employees who have PTSD or substance abuse issues?
  • What steps should you take if the employee threatens violence or suicide?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health 43.4 million adults – nearly 1 in 5 – had a mental illness diagnosis during the past year. Crisis management in the federal workplace is a critical area to understand – it is truly life and death.

This class is unique in that it covers the legal issues (for example, avoiding discrimination when it comes to behavioral health disabilities; providing reasonable accommodation for “unseen” disabilities; discipline under Title 5 for things such as threats, outbursts, and off-duty violent conduct) as well as the practical/clinical issues (what to do/say when someone has a dissociative episode, or threatens suicide, or has PTSD, or makes violent comments toward a supervisor).

It’s a combination of learning the law, understanding how to deal with employees who have mental issues, and managing risk in your agency. 

Join FELTG Executive Director Deborah Hopkins and Shana Palmieri, Managing Partner of Clinical Education & Consulting at the Healthcare Legal Education & Consulting Network, for the two-day workshop Handling Behavioral Health Issues and Threats of Violence in the Federal Workplace. See below for a daily agenda.


Deborah HopkinsShana Palmieri

Daily Agenda:


Handling Behavioral Health Issues: An overview of the ADA requirements on accommodating individuals with mental impairments and other behavioral health issues; your agency’s legal obligation to provide its employees with a safe workplace; types of mental disabilities and how they may exhibit in the workplace; the “direct threat” analysis; PTSD, substance abuse disorders;dos and don’ts when working employees who have behavioral health issues.


Dealing with Threats of Violence: Legal considerations for federal agencies; dangerous scenarios during the notice period; myths and facts about targeted violence in the workplace; dealing with suicidal employees; individual characteristics that put an employee at higher risk of committing an act of violence;how to develop and implement an in-house threat management team to deal with threat assessments, risk management, and the best ways to keep employees safe during a crisis; steps to take if someone becomes violent in the workplace


  • 2 days = $950
  • 1 day = $530

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