ABA Mental Health / Substance Abuse Study Results and Implications 2016

This webinar will discuss the ABA study's recommendations for what to do when a lawyer suspects a colleague may need assistance.

Webinar Materials

Target AudienceAttorneys 

Course DescriptionLAP programs across the country have known anecdotally for years that attorneys were at greater risk for depression, anxiety and alcohol problems than the general public and even other professionals. A recent national landmark ABA study on attorney mental health is the first to ever bring into sharp focus, with hard data and real numbers, what we are facing in our profession across a spectrum of issues. The findings were published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Addiction Medicine in February 2016. This program will provide participants an overview of the study, how it was conducted, and detailed research findings. In addition, the program will discuss specific recommendations for what to do when a lawyer suspects a colleague may need assistance as well as daily strategies every lawyer should implement to help foster resilience and promote wellness in order to enjoy a long career in law. 

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the most important statistical findings from the study;
  2. Identify signs and symptoms of some of the most common issues lawyers encounter;
  3. Recognize when a colleague may need assistance and take steps to make a referral; and
  4. Implement daily strategies to promote wellness.

Presented by the NC Lawyer Assistance Program (NCLAP)
        Robynn Moriates, Director
        Nicole Ellington, Eastern Clinical Coordinator 

ResourcesMaterials and recording of the live webinar on January 12, 2017 are made available to the public for educational purposes only. Follow your State Bar requirements to seek Continuing Legal Education (CLE) approval for watching a recorded CLE training activity. Judicial Branch employees who wish to have a record of completing this training may access the materials and watch the recording through LearningCenter.

The North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education has approved this live webinar training for one (1) hour of substance abuse/mental health awareness CLE (Sponsor 315, Course 1) in 2017.