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Anxiety, Stress, and PTSD: HR’s ADA Accommodation and Performance Management Roadmap

Anxiety, Stress, and PTSD: HR’s ADA Accommodation and Performance Management Roadmap

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Anxiety, Stress, and PTSD: HR’s ADA Accommodation and Performance Management Roadmap

Live Webinar: Thursday, December 5, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn the roadmap for understanding how to recognize the signs of mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, and PTSD that can affect workers’ performance, and when to provide ADA accommodations if necessary



Among the many challenges for HR is how to navigate issues that affect workers such as anxiety, stress, and PTSD. Knowing how to identify these issues—especially when workers don’t come to you to reveal them—and when to accommodate them under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be a conundrum for HR. 

Other questions arise.

  • If you are providing ADA accommodations, what expectations can you have about job performance from employees with mental illness issues?
  • If you provide leave as an accommodation, how long do you keep an employee’s job open?
  • What if your workplace is the cause of the worker’s stress or anxiety?
  • How do you best deal with a worker you suspect is having some mental illness issues related to stress, anxiety, or PTSD?
  • And what should you do when you suspect a mental condition is affecting an employee’s job performance?

One of the challenges for HR is that mental illness disabilities are rarely as readily apparent as physical ones, so your obligations to provide reasonable accommodations for conditions such as anxiety, PTSD, and stress are not always clear-cut. But, legally, your responsibilities are the same. And, if you care about your workers, you want them to be able to alleviate stress and anxiety to better handle their job duties.

Join us on December 5 for an in-depth webinar on this complicated and important issue with an attorney, a social worker and a staff therapist who will address both the human management and legal sides of the issue.

After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the symptoms employees with mental health disorders—including major depressive, bipolar, and anxiety disorders, such as PTSD, OCD, and panic disorder—may exhibit
  • Identify when anxiety disorder, PTSD, and other mental health disorders are protected under the ADA
  • Address workplace accommodation requests a doctor may recommend for someone undergoing treatment for anxiety or other mental conditions
  • Legally address limitations an employee with a mental health disorder may be experiencing—including what medical documentation you may legally ask for regarding a mental health-related disability before determining if an accommodation request should be granted 
  • Approach a worker who you suspect may be suffering from some form of mental illness that affects his or her job, and when you should not approach
  • Determine if common accommodations for employees with mental health disorders should be granted—and when a requested accommodation would likely be deemed an undue hardship
  • Avoid legal trouble spots when denying a request for accommodation or disciplining an employee with a mental health disorder
  • Recognize the types of leave that could be required under the ADA or FMLA due to mental health impairments, such as PTSD, depression, or anxiety
  • Determine when you need to treat your employee with a mental health disability the same as you would any other employee who is not performing the job properly and why you need to document each step taken
  • And much more!

About Your Presenters

Jonathan MookJonathan Mook, Esq.
Partner
DiMuro Ginsberg, PC

Jonathan Mook is a nationally recognized practitioner in employment law and has written two treatises on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Americans with Disabilities Act: Employment Rights and Employer Obligations and Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and commercial facilities, both published by LexisNexis. He represents employers and businesses on matters relating to employment law, business torts and business disputes.

Mook frequently counsels employers on issues involving compliance with the ADA and accommodating disabled employees, as well as other employment related matters. He is a co-editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Employment Law 360.  He is a regular contributor to several legal publications, including Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, and is included in Best Lawyers in America (2019) for employment law.

Mook is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar and has been a member of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities. Mook earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.


Debra KissenDebra Kissen, Ph.D., M.H.S.A.
CEO
Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center

Debra Kissen is the Executive Director of Light On Anxiety Treatment Center CBT Treatment Center. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders. Kissen is the author of the Panic Workbook for Teens and is an active contributor to the Huffington Post and shares information on empirically supported treatment for anxiety and related disorders.  Kissen also has a special interest in the principles of mindfulness and their application for anxiety disorders. She has presented her research on CBT and mindfulness-based treatments for anxiety and related disorders at regional and national conferences.

Kissen is co-chair of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Public Education Committee.  She was the recipient of the 2018 Anxiety Depression Association of America Member of Distinction Award and is a Clinical Fellow with this organization.


Alyssa HakimianAlyssa Hakimian, LCPC, Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD
Staff Therapist
Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center

Alyssa Hakimian, LCPC, Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD, is an adult therapist at Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University. She have also received extensive training to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). She completed her internship at Presence Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center, where she performed individual and group therapy for the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). She continued her clinical work at a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program, treating children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral, social and emotional issues. She believes in creating a collaborative, authentic and empathic relationship with her clients. She has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for the treatment of OCD, trichotillomania, skin picking, nail biting, panic, generalized anxiety and other anxiety related disorders. By using techniques such as cognitive restructuring, mindfulness and emotion regulation, she works with her clients to improve their overall quality of life.