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Overview:

Mental well-being is crucial in the legal profession. However, a recently conducted study showed that a huge number of lawyers suffer from depression, anxiety disorder, and problematic drinking. Mental health and substance use issues also occur at a higher rate in the legal industry which is commonly linked to chronic stress and burnout brought by heavy workloads, client issues, and toxic working environment. These issues emphasize the importance of having a safe space and a conducive working environment for legal professionals as well as the need for proper legal and clinical interventions.

Join a panel of key thought leaders and distinguished professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group as they provide an in-depth discussion of mental health and substance use issues among lawyers. Speakers will also offer practical tips and strategies to maintain mental well-being in the legal industry.

Key issues include:

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Among Lawyers – Trends and Statistics
  • Identifying Root Causes
  • Legal and Medical Interventions
  • Preventive Measures and Protocols for Attorneys with Mental Diagnosis
  • Creating a Safe Work Environment for Legal Professionals

Credit:

Course Level: Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation: Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation: On-demand Webcast (CLE)

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Course Code: 148706

 

NY Category of CLE Credit: Ethics and Professionalism

 

Total Credits: 1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Executive Partner/Director, Mental Health Law Practice
Abrams Fensterman

Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP and Director of the Firm’s Mental Health Law practice. She is the only attorney in the country with a family-focused practice dedicated to serving individuals and families struggling with serious mental illness and/or alcohol/drug addiction. Supported by a team of expert clinicians, she specializes in navigating the complex landscape of legal issues utilizing her mental health legal toolkit to coordinate services for those in need. She also represents institutions, mental health, healthcare and addiction professionals, and higher educational institutions. Ms. Wolf is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and was profiled by The New York Times in a 2013 story entitled, “A Guide in the Darkness,” which ran on the front page of the Sunday Edition Metro section.

Mark Yacano, Managing Director
Major, Lindsey & Africa

Mark Yacano is the co-host of “Erasing the Stigma, Conversations About Mental Health in the Legal Profession” podcast.  He cares deeply about the well-being of attorneys and staff in the legal profession and is passionate about addressing that systemic mental health issues that put the profession at risk.

Mark’s legal career spans more than thirty years.  In private practice he was an accomplished product liability lawyer and a nationally prominent expert in eDiscovery.  Also, Mark co-managed a national litigation firm and guided it through a strategic merger. Today, he consults with in-house legal departments, helping them work smarter and better.

Mark is a devoted advocate for promoting mental wellness in the legal profession and the host of Erasing the Stigma: Conversations in Mental Health, on the Legal Talent Talk Network

Christal E. Carmichael, MA, LCMHC, LCAS, Transformation Therapist/Executive Leadership Coach/Success Strategist
ChristalClear Worldwide

Christal E. Carmichael is a Transformation Therapist, Keynote speaker, and a Success Strategist. Christal’s mission began as a passion to serve and treat those with mental health challenges so that they may have the privilege of living an emotionally balanced lifestyle. Her passion serves as a guiding foundation for her counseling, coaching and consulting firm, ChristalClear Worldwide.

Agenda:

SEGMENT 1: Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Executive Partner/Director, Mental Health Law Practice

Abrams Fensterman

  • Identifying “red flag” behaviors of those who may be suffering from mental health issues, substance abuse, dementia
  • Mental Health Legal Tool Kit: Legal and clinical interventions available to support those in need
  • Lawyer Assistance Programs available through State or County Bar Associations

SEGMENT 2: Christal E. Carmichael, MA, LCMHC, LCAS, Transformation Therapist/Executive Leadership Coach/Success Strategist

ChristalClear Worldwide

  • The uniqueness of the law profession and the impact on our mental health
  • Aspects of the law profession that predispose practitioners to mental health concerns
  • Ways that can attorneys avoid negative situations that cause or contribute to depression, substance abuse, or stress-related illnesses
  • Proactive Strategies for the prevention of mental health issues
  • Services that are available for those who experience difficulty and need assistance

SEGMENT 3: Mark Yacano, Managing Director

Major, Lindsey & Africa

  • The need to grieve as we go through a realignment of what feels “normal”
  • Setting realistic goals for self-care and coping – progress not perfection
  • Staying connected and avoiding social isolation
  • The benefits of therapy, even if it is in a virtual forum

Date & Time:

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Materials:

Download Course Materials

Who Should Attend:

  • Lawyers
  • Paralegals
  • Law Office Managers

SPEAKERS

Carolyn Reinach WolfExecutive Partner/Director, Mental Health Law Practice
Abrams Fensterman
Mark YacanoManaging Director
Major, Lindsey & Africa
Christal E. Carmichael, MA, LCMHC, LCASTransformation Therapist/Executive Leadership Coach/Success Strategist
ChristalClear Worldwide

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