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Presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Women & the Law & General Practice Section
 

How do you feel for your client and not lose yourself? 
 

Alcohol and drug abuse by lawyers is almost double the national average.   Where can an attorney go for help in confidence? 

How do you know when a colleague needs help?  What do you about it? 
 

Get answers to these and other questions and learn the full range of services available through the Lawyers’ Assistance Program.  This presentation will explore those issues commonly presented to the LAP including substance abuse, mental health disorders, depression, and anxiety, as well as issues related to the aging attorney. Being an attorney requires more than just your ability to successfully negotiate, litigate, and mediate. Understanding your clients, empathizing with their situation, and showing compassion for their dilemma also comes with the territory. But what happens when compassion fatigue sets in, leaving you burnt out and unable to feel for them? Don’t miss this online seminar that offers you the tips and strategies you need to combat compassion fatigue in your practice and your life. Following this program, attorneys will better understand: 

 

  • How to recognize signs of substance abuse and mental illness;
  • How to identify signs of impairment in yourself and others;
  • When and how to refer an impaired colleague;
  • What not to do in the case of an impaired colleague, such as agree to be sworn to secrecy;
  • What proactive steps can you take to protect your mental health?
  • How working in a helping capacity can expose one to health risks;
  • How individual, life, and organizational factors can each contribute to compassion fatigue;
  • How to reduce one’s vulnerability to stresses common to those who work in the legal profession;
  • The resources available through the Lawyer’s Assistance Program designed to help attorneys identify and address their mental health and substance abuse issues including alcoholism and drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and mental health disorders;
  • The steps to basic self-care, including the practice of mindfulness and  increasing self-awareness;
  • How simple lifestyle changes can make a difference; and
  • Much more!

 

Program Coordinator:

Tracy D. Douglas, Dispute Resolution Institute Inc., Belleville

 

Program Moderator:

Julie A. Johnson, Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa, Chicago
Mary Anne Gerstner, Law Offices Gerstner & Gerstner, Chicago
 

Program Speakers:

Margherita Albarello, DiMonte & Lizak LLC, Park Ridge

Hon. James M. Radcliffe, III (Ret.), Associate Director of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Belleville

Tony Pacione, Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Chicago

 

Program Information
Program Date:
October 19, 2016
Tips for Combating Compassion Fatigue


Being an attorney requires more than just your ability to successfully negotiate, litigate, and mediate. Understanding your clients, empathizing with their situation, and showing compassion for their dilemma also comes with the territory. But what happens when compassion fatigue sets in, leaving you burnt out and unable to feel for them? Don’t miss this online seminar that offers you the tips and strategies you need to combat compassion fatigue in your practice and your life. Following this program, attendees will learn:
 

  • How working in a helping capacity can expose one to health risks;
  • How individual, life, and organizational factors can each contribute to compassion fatigue;
  • How to reduce one’s vulnerability to stresses common to those who work in the legal profession;
  • The resources available through the Lawyer’s Assistance Program designed to help attorneys identify and address their mental health and substance abuse issues including alcoholism and drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and mental health disorders;
  • The steps to basic self-care, including the practice of mindfulness and  increasing self-awareness;
  • How simple lifestyle changes can make a difference; and
  • Much more!
Speaker Information
Margherita Albarello  [ view bio ]
The Lawyers' Assistance Program


Get answers to these and other questions and learn the full range of services available through the Lawyers’ Assistance Program.  This presentation will explore those issues commonly presented to the LAP including substance abuse, mental health disorders, depression, and anxiety, as well as issues related to the aging attorney.  Following this program, attorneys will better understand:
 

  • How to recognize signs of substance abuse and mental illness;
  • How to identify signs of impairment in yourself and others;
  • When and how to refer an impaired colleague;
  • What not to do in the case of an impaired colleague, such as agree to be sworn to secrecy;
  • What proactive steps can you take to protect your mental health?
  • And much more.
Speaker Information
Tony Pacione  [ view bio ]
Hon. James M. Radcliffe, III (Ret.)  [ view bio ]
Peter L. Rotskoff  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 2.25
Including Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professional Responsibility MCLE credit: 2.25
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