2022 Meet the Mental Health Professionals Night



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Specialty Area:
Family Law
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Original Air Date:
April 28, 2022
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About the Program

Susan Thrall of Family Court Services kicks off this multi-faceted program with an update about the services provided by Family Court Services

Next, our panelists Judge Harvey Silberman, Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D and attorney Jeffery Jacobson, addressed the many services mental health professionals can provide to augment legal services and enhance the support family law attorneys provide to clients and their clients? families in litigated and non-litigated matters. The panelists shared their observations about heightened tension between counsel, increases in the number of parties presenting with serious mental health issues, concerns about trauma and secondary trauma and suggestions for how to respond to these challenges.

Following the panel, we meet the mental health professionals. They will introduce themselves and describe their practices and special areas of expertise.

After the formal presentation is completed, program attendees and mental health professionals will have a chance to get to know each other in randomly assigned break-out rooms.

All program attendees will receive an electronic Resource Booklet consisting of detailed questionnaires completed by participating mental health professionals.

Meet the Speakers
Jeffery S. Jacobson


Jacobson Family Law and Mediation

Jeffery has been practicing family law since 1996 and is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  His family law practice focuses exclusively on consensual dispute resolution, including mediation, collaborative divorce and non-litigation consulting.

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Hon. Harvey A. Silberman


LASC, Pasadena Courthouse

Judge Silberman is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He received his JD/MA from the University of Southern California where, upon graduation, he was a recipient of the Shattuck Award for outstanding potential in the legal field. 

Judge Silberman was the first staff attorney hired by AIDS Project Los Angeles during the height of the AIDS pandemic. After working there for three years he became an associate at a large family law firm in the San Gabriel Valley. After six years with the firm, he returned to public interest work and became the supervising attorney for the

family law/domestic violence unit at Neighborhood Legal Services in Los Angeles. He was with Neighborhood Legal Services for six years. Judge Silberman also taught family law for four years at the University of Southern California Law School.

Judge Silberman took the bench in 2004, first as a commissioner and then as a judge. He has spent his entire eighteen-year tenure on the bench in the family law division. He has won judge of the year honors from various bar associations as well as the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. This spring, the Inn of Court will be honoring him as Judge of the Year. He has served on the executive committee of Los Angeles Superior Court and been a board member for the California section of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts as well as a board member for the San Fernando Valley Legal Foundation.

For the last ten years, Judge Silberman has sat in Department L in Pasadena. Prior to that, he sat for eight years at Stanley Mosk.

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Dr. Gitu Bhatia


Gitu Bhatia Psy.D.

Dr. Gitu Bhatia has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families dealing with a range of relational, psychological and emotional issues. She specializes in working with individuals going through the difficult transition of divorce and separation. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Bhatia provides professional consultation to other mental health professionals, family law attorneys and judges, parents and teachers. Dr. Bhatia also serves as adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. Given her own multicultural background, Dr. Bhatia brings cultural sensitivity and competence to all aspects of her work.

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