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topic: Lawyer Well-Being
In This Together
Since 2016 the ABA and the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs has heightened focus on Lawyer Well-Being. Often neglected in general “wellness” programs, “well-being” represents not only mental and emotional health, but life satisfaction, purpose, and fulfillment.
This presentation explores some of the elements that boost well-being, including Zen and how to incorporate it, as well as a review of habits and practices recommended in the ABA activities workbook published in The Lawyer Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Law Firms.
Topic – Difficult Clients
Dealing With Difficult Clients and Impossible Adversaries, the 2022 Edition
This seminar is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the issues, causes and characteristics underlying the thinking, feeling and behavior patterns of difficult people – as well as simple strategies you can use to resolve issues quickly and easily before they escalate. This program also explores the complexity of human behavior – including a discussion on why people act in ways that are directly contrary to their self-interest.
Learn insights and general strategies for dealing with challenging personalities, including:
- General techniques and strategies for managing difficult, challenging clients and impossible adversaries.
- A review of the personality disorders, the traits, and characteristics of individuals who approach life with ascertain pattern of thinking, feeling and behaving.
- How to recognize and handle clients or adversaries experiencing Major Mood Disorders, substance use disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), pathological anger, and anxiety based disorders
- How to develop awareness of our self-defeating traits, thinking patterns, and behaviors which cause conflicts with our clients and adversaries.
topic: Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Fatigue in Law School & Beyond: The Lawyer As Caregiver
This one-hour program describes Compassion Fatigue and how it can afflict both law students and lawyers, as well as what it means to be a “caregiver.”
What is Compassion Fatigue? (CF)
Symptoms & Warning Signs
Lawyers are Caregivers
Caregivers in Family Situations
Why Lawyers Suffer From CF
Possible Long-Range Consequences
Treatment & Ways to Mitigate
Where To Get Help
topic: Lawyer Well-Being
Setting Yourself Up for Success
Attorney well-being & its part in the duty to provide competent representation, especially in challenging times
This is NJLAP’s portion of a larger program, presented with the OAE, and covers:
- a brief history of the American Bar Association’s landmark study looking at substance abuse and mental health issues in the legal profession
- discussion of four of the six areas covered in the ABA study
- work environment
- social, physical and mental health
- recommendations for ways to cope with the pressures and anxiety of working in a firm,
- especially since onset of Covid and isolation that ensued
- changing the law firm culture of billable hours
Topic – Digital Dependence
Maintaining Equilibrium in the Digital Age: How to Harness Technology without Letting it Control You…
This presentation will explore tips and techniques for getting the most of technology while also protecting sacred personal time and maintaining healthy personal and professional boundaries. It will also provide theoretical underpinnings for why this important (especially for busy professionals) and how it can be accomplished.
The digital era has brought innumerable innovations and challenges that greatly impact our personal and professional lives. The gadgets we carry in our pockets have about 100,000 times the processing power of the computers that landed Apollo 11 on the Moon some fifty years ago. Technology can provide us real-time information about our mental and physical health—data on such wide range of factors as heart rate, sleep quality, blood oxygen and blood sugar levels, and many other factors. It connects us to friends, family, and colleagues around the world and enables real-time communication with any number of individuals, often irrespective of time zones or native languages. Personal banking, communications with our doctors, investment advisors or other professionals can all be accomplished without leaving the house, via the internet and mobile apps.We check our phones hundreds of times a day, often without even being conscious of doing it. Our technology aids and assists us—all while demanding a great deal of our time and attention. Learning how to balance our “Digital Dependence” ensures both good work outcomes and personal well-being.
topic: Retirement from Lawyering
Gearing Up to Wind Down: Retirement Reinvention
This program discusses four areas to consider when contemplating retirement from practice:
topic: Lawyer Neurodiversity
ADHD: Brain Chemistry, Medications, & Treatment Alternatives
This program reviews Attention Deficit Hyperacivity Disorder (ADHD) focusing on:
- commonality in children and adults
- necessity for accurate diagnosis
- brain chemistry involved in ADHD including description of neurons, synapses, receptor sites, neurotransmitters, Dopamine and Norepinephrine
- the most commonly prescribed medications & effects of medications on neural activity
- dangers associated with medications including addiction and dependence
- illicit use of Adderall among law students and lawyers
- alternate treatment methods including counseling, organizational tips, self care; organizations that offer help