Working With Clients With Mental Health Issues (1 CLE/CPD point)


Length: 60 minutes equating to 1 CLE/CPD point*

Understanding mental health conditions helps to battle stigma and misconceptions throughout the community. This understanding is crucial for a lawyer as it helps them to identify mental health issues and shapes their client interactions. In this on-demand CLE/CPD audio session for lawyers, Dr Katie Seidler shares some knowledge from her many years of working with people with mental health conditions. From the difficulties of personality disorders to the challenges of speaking to clients about their mental health, Katie demystifies common hesitations lawyers face and helps you see it from the clients’ point of view.

Listen to this session for tips and tools on how to prepare a client for court, grounding techniques to calm clients and how to effectively interact with forensic psychologists. Lastly, focusing on lawyers well-being, Katie describes the warning signs you should look out for and how to care for yourself so as not to burn out.

Here’s a sneak peek of Katie talking about the importance of balancing directness with sensitivity when approaching clients about their mental health issues:


This continuing legal education audio session will deliver the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the definition of mental health illness, personality disorder and vicarious trauma
  • Outline signs which can identify mental health illness in a client, yourself and your colleagues
  • Learn ways to assist clients struggling with mental health issues and prepare them for court.
  • Learn tips to improve your interactions with medical experts
  • Understand ways to recharge and manage your health.

Please note that the purchase of this CLE/CPD product allows you to access the recording 5 times over a period of 365 days from the date of purchase.
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Professional Background

Dr. Katie Seidler is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a PhD in Psychology from Macquarie University. Her primary research has focused on understanding interpersonal violence through the rubric of cultural experience. She also has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, and more recently, attained a Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Security Studies.

Practising within the criminal justice system since 1996, Katie has worked in providing treatment to both juvenile and adult offenders, with extensive experience specialising in sexual and violent offenders. More recently, Katie has moved into the child and family domain, with a focus on contested family violence cases and child protection.

Katie is a director at the clinical and forensic psychology services firm Lennings Seidler Collins. She has also been engaged in professional training and assessments in the private domain, program development, and academia, lecturing in psychology at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University.


Katie is a full member of the Colleges of Clinical and Forensic Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society, a clinical member of the Australia and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse, and an accredited supervisor with the NSW Children’s Commission Child Sex Offender Counsellor Accreditation Scheme.

In addition to this, she is an Authorised Clinician with the Children’s Court Clinic, and has membership of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychology, Psychiatry and the Law.

Find out more about Dr. Katie Seidler and her story by clicking here.

* CLE/CPD schemes are based upon self-assessment of an educational activity. In order to count an educational activity towards mandatory CLE/CPD requirements a legal practitioner must determine for themselves that the activity extends their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to their practise or professional development. If you are in WA, please note we are not a WA Law Society accredited CPD/CLE provider and an audio session will not count towards your points.