How to Deal with Mental Health and Substance Use Issues: Practical Tips and Strategies Lawyers Need to Consider
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
Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Executive Partner/Director, Mental Health Law Practice
- 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
Christal E. Carmichael, MA, LCMHC, LCAS, Transformation Therapist/Executive Leadership Coach/Success Strategist
- 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
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
Who Should Attend:
- Law Office Managers
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.
Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & …
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
Mark Yacano is the co-host of “Erasing the Stigma, Conversations About Mental Health in the Legal Profession” podcast. He cares …
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.
Christal is a serial entrepreneur, serving also as president and CEO, managing one of the most authentic and transformative mental health organizations in the Carolinas. Serving others has been a natural inclination for Christal and she has made it her lifelong commitment to serve God, her family and her community. Her gentle, yet strong and teachable spirit has afforded her numerous opportunities to mentor and inspire others to make an impact on today's global society. She and her husband have been married for almost a decade and have three beautiful children. Christal enjoys traveling the world with her family, running half marathons, reading and sitting on the beach, watching the sun rise.
In her highly productive career as an entrepreneur, therapist, professor, and mentor, Christal prioritizes and successfully mentors students and professionals at all levels, to reach their personal, academic and professional potential; most of who have gone on to prominent positions of their own.
Christal E. Carmichael is a Transformation Therapist, Keynote speaker, and a Success Strategist. Christal's mission began as a passion to …
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About Abrams Fensterman
The legal team at Abrams Fensterman is committed to providing each client with quality counsel, innovative solutions and personalized service. Founded in 2000, the firm offers the legal expertise of its 90-plus attorneys, who have accumulated experience and problem-solving skills over decades of practice.
The firm initially built its reputation for excellence through its representation of health care providers in all aspects of health care law. The firm is composed of partners who have been recognized for their work in the field of regulatory law, transactional health care representation, white collar criminal defense and mental health law. Abrams Fensterman is the only firm in New York with a family-focused mental healthcare practice. The firm boasts experienced attorneys in a multitude of other practice areas. Capitalizing on these strengths, Abrams Fensterman has grown to become a well-recognized, full-service law firm.
About Major, Lindsey & Africa
Major, Lindsey & Africa, is the largest dedicated legal recruiting firm in the world. For more than 35 years, the world’s leading law firms, lawyers and corporations have chosen Major, Lindsey & Africa to help them navigate the legal landscape. The firm’s overarching goal is to help lawyers chart the most rewarding careers and provide law firms and corporations with access to the top legal talent. The founders built a company dedicated to cultivating excellence and diversity in the legal profession. Major, Lindsey & Africa has offices in more than 25 major markets across the United States, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific. This unique global footprint gives the firm the ability to deliver superior results to candidates and clients all over the world.
Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Transform Advisory Services helps legal departments improve the performance of their people and the strength of their systems and processes to excel at the business of law. A deeply experienced team of consultants work with clients to design bespoke Talent Development, Organizational Design, and Legal Operations services to companies in all phases of development. For a full view of Major, Lindsey & Africa’s services visit us at https://www.mlaglobal.com/en.
About ChristalClear Worldwide
ChristalClear Worldwide is a Counseling, Coaching and Consulting firm helping leaders maximize their potential, income, and leadership. We offer coaching programs, conferences, online courses, trainings and consultations. Our clients include up and coming, and seasoned professionals, leaders and life-changers. We help YOU to maximize YOUR leadership potential, face YOUR fears, and build a sustainable platform so YOU are ChristalClear about the life that God promised.