No One Makes It Out Unscathed: The Effects of Trauma, Stress and Burnout On Our Lives

03 Aug , 2021

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Attorneys hopefully recognize that like many other professionals, their lives are filled to the brim with stress. It’s important to be proactive in dealing with it. The consequences of shrugging it off can be catastrophic - not only for them but for their family, staff and friends. 

And then there’s trauma. The ramifications of trauma aren’t discussed as frequently as those of stress and thus, for many attorneys, trauma is a topic in need of attention. Trauma can be secondary or vicarious. Trauma also results from a personal loss such as the death of a family member or a close friend. 

Now that we are all dealing with the unexpected impact of a generational and societal traumatic event – the COVID-19 Pandemic, it’s important to recognize the signs of trauma in yourself as well as in your office staff, family and clients. 

Hear from our experienced speaker as he shares his personal story of trauma and learn how you can recognize the unhealthy and potentially life-threatening shadow it can cast. 

Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers. 

Mr. Quinn will discuss: 

  1. The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress and vicarious trauma, including the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  2. The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students. 
  3. Tips for dealing with the anxiety, stress and fear that the COVID-19 pandemic has created. 
  4. A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers from seeking the help they need will be provided. 
  5. The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession. 
  6. How best to approach the impaired individual. 
  7. Ethical considerations regarding the duty to report an impaired attorney and the exceptions granted to Lawyer assistance programs. 
  8. Lastly, he will discuss the ethical challenges imposed by the imposed isolation of the pandemic and it’s possible long-lasting effect on the legal profession.

 

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