Mental Health and Well-Being As a Bedrock of Competence

New York City Bar
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Mental Health and Well-Being as a Bedrock of Competence and Success
2022 Professional Development Workshop Series
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
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Program Fee:
Free for New York City Bar Members & Attorneys from Sponsoring Law Firms | $75 for Nonmembers

CLE Credit:
New York: 2.0 Law Practice Management
New Jersey: 2.0 General
California: 2.0 General
Pennsylvania: 1.5 General
Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

This program provides transitional/non-transitional credit to all attorneys

Description:
High levels of problematic substance use and mental health distress among lawyers and law students have led to a significantly increased focus on lawyer well-being in recent years, culminating in what has become a profession-wide well-being ‘movement’.  As a backdrop to his presentation on this subject, Patrick Krill will begin with a discussion of what well-being means in the context of the legal profession, followed by a brief review of the research which prompted much of the current focus on mental health and well-being. He will highlight some of the potential costs and risks associated with untreated substance use and mental health problems, helping the audience understand the stakes of this discussion and focusing them on the importance of help-seeking and early intervention. Additionally, Patrick will help attendees understand how to recognize when they or a colleague are struggling, some common reasons why warning signs are often missed or overlooked, and how to approach and support someone who is struggling or impaired. Finally, Patrick will discuss some of the more significant well-being initiatives currently underway within the legal profession, and help attendees understand how they can assess their own state of well-being and make important improvements through more effective stress management and better self-care.

Topics to be covered in the session:
  • Setting the stage: an unprecedented global crisis
    • Mental health and addiction problems have skyrocketed during COVID-19
  • What is “well-being” and why is it more important than ever
    • A call to action
    • Why this is important for all lawyers to hear and understand
  • Prevalence of behavioral health issues in the legal profession: a review of the research
    • Depression, anxiety, burnout
    • Substance use disorders
  • The critically important difference between illness and impairment
  • Potential costs of struggling or impaired lawyers
  • Why to get help at the first sign of trouble—for you or someone else
  • How to spot when a colleague is struggling
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Lawyer-specific considerations
  • Law firm-specific challenges
  • Reasons why signs and symptoms are often missed or overlooked
  • How to approach a struggling or impaired colleague
  • The vital connection between mental and physical health
  • Discussion of current well-being initiatives within the profession, including the ABA Pledge
  • How to assess your own state of well-being and make incremental improvements
  • Suggestions and techniques for stress management
  • Tips and instructions for building a personal well-being plan

Speaker:
Patrick R. Krill, Principal and Founder, Krill Strategies LLC




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