Lawyers, like others in the helping professions, are at risk for experiencing compassion fatigue. Lawyers who are regularly exposed to human-induced trauma, are called on to listen with empathy to clients’ stories, have high caseloads, and have a high capacity for empathy may be especially susceptible to experiencing compassion fatigue. Understand what compassion fatigue is, why lawyers are vulnerable to it, professional hazards that contribute to it, and how to become a more resilient attorney. Learn methods to enhance or deplete professionals from a systemic viewpoint as well as coping strategies to minimize compassion fatigue and increase your health and well being.
Learn techniques and strategies that will enable you (and other busy and stressed attorneys) to identify and deal with challenges in the profession through mindfulness. Mindfulness has been identified by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) as one of the most effective ways to improve the overall wellness of attorneys. Through mindfulness, stress can be channeled and transformed into increased productivity and creative thinking. Get a practical guide for mindfulness in the profession and learn how to develop resilience to improve your decision making and judgment skills.
Recognizing the demanding nature of the legal profession, this session provides proven techniques for eliminating toxic stress, balancing personal and professional priorities, and encouraging peak performance. This program educates legal professionals on the impact toxic stress has on the body and brain - resulting in detrimental consequences to health, wellness and job performance. It then provides participants with evidence-based strategies to lower stress, build resilience and thrive in their personal and professional lives.