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August 15th - What a Pain: Fibromyalgia & SSI

What a Pain: Fibromyalgia & SSI  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

William Mitchell College of Law

Registration: 9:00 a.m.
Training: 9:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.
Lunch will be served.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

5 hours of Standard CLE will be applied for.


  • Jan Lowe, M.S., Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Diplomate, ABVE, Rehabilitation Counselors, Inc.
  • Bob Kolasa, M.D., Medical Content Research Physician for Wolters Kluwer Health
  • Ethel Schaen, Ethel Schaen Law Office

This training will cover the symptoms and elements leading to a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and what distinguishes it from other pain disorders.  The trainers will discuss objective tests used when making the diagnosis, current medical authorities, and treatment options for the disease.   The training will also address vocational assessment and job placement of persons with fibromyalgia and/or pain disorders.  Finally, Ethel Schaen will cover challenges in SSI applications on the basis of fibromyalgia.  She will cover documenting the disability with a recent fibromyalgia medical assessment form which she has developed. She will discuss how to handle combinations of physical and mental disabilities and the Polaski factors as applied to subjective complaints of fatigue and the Ness treating physician rule.  Ms. Schaen will also cover the unique challenges of credibility assessments in fibromyalgia cases.


9:00  - 9:30 am    Registration

9:30 - 11:30 am   Vocational Assessment and Job Placement

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   LUNCH

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Pain Disorders Diagnosis and Treatment

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.   BREAK

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.   Fibromyalgia and Social Security Law: Case Updates and Evidences Issues


Volunteer Law Students - $15
Law Students - $40
Legal Services Staff and LSAC Grantees - $65
Volunteer Attorneys, Non-Profits and Government Employees - $90
Others -  $115


Click here to register online.


Fill in the blank registration form below (you can fill it in directly onscreen) and then e-mail, fax or mail it to State Support (contact info below) and indicate whether you will be attending in-person or via webinar.

Fill- in Registration Form

Your registration can be taken through Friday, August 9th, 2013.
Cancellations must be received by the training deadline or you will be charged.

Mail: Legal Services State Support
2324 University Avenue W.

Suite 101B
St. Paul, MN 55114

Fax: 651-222-0745
Questions? Contact Ann Conroy at 651-842-6911 or at

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