Stress Management for Lawyers

Helping You Achieve Your Goals

The practice of law is a very stressful profession. Many lawyers are changing careers because of burnout. This motivational seminar is designed to contribute to the career development of lawyers and to prevent burnout. It gives lawyers individual strategies and techniques for coping with the various levels of stress resulting from professional responsibilities.

Stress is often associated with career development to the extent that an individual’s stomach reacts the second they walk into their office!

You and other lawyers are given the opportunity to consider longevity and evaluate the stress in your present lifestyle. Lawyers receive an individualized stress profile. They also receive a digital audio recording to reinforce the relaxation response that is acquired during participation.

Upon completion of this seminar, you should be able to recognize stress factors in your own work and personal life. When stress factors are overlooked, law firms lose billions of dollars through decreased efficiency.

After attending, you will feel better and you will take pride in displaying your elegant Certificate of Training.


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The American Bar Association (ABA) recently adopted a proposal encouraging law schools, legal employers, and other associated organizations to bolster mental health programs. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division has launched an initiative to help end the stigma over mental health.

Course overview:

“Ethics Health and Wellness” is a one-day seminar providing a broad overview of medical issues commonly associated with legal professionals currently engaged in the strenuous practice of law. This course is specifically designed to address the unique hardships that most attorneys face during their career, and the stress related issues that typically stem from being engaged in such an adversarial profession. This course is a basic level CLE and is designed for the lawyer with no prior experience or knowledge about stress-related issues in the legal field. Specifically, this course will explore substance abuse and mental illness issues that are common to members of the legal community. The course will also explore some of the ethical concerns that arise for lawyers who are suffering from substance abuse or mental illness as a result of the stress that comes with being in such a demanding profession. The goal of this course is to educate lawyers about the warning signs/symptoms of substance abuse and mental illness in hopes of helping them to avoid these serious issues. The course is also aimed at deterring lawyers from falling prey to ethical violations and misconduct as a result of stress-related medical and substance abuse related conditions.

The “Ethics Health and Wellness” course will cover the following subject matter areas:

  • What is stress in general and what are the common stressors that the average lawyer will encounter during his or her career?
  • Why lawyers commonly resort to substance abuse to cope with the stress of the profession, and the warning signs and symptoms of substance abuse.
  • A detailed overview of substance abuse and dependence disorders as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of The American Psychiatric Association.
  • An overview of how stress issues specific to the legal profession can lead to mental illness such as depression, anxiety disorders, manic-depression, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive type disorders.
  • Why members of the legal profession are more prone to suicide and ways to recognize suicidal thoughts in an effort to prevent them.
  • How to recognize when substance abuse or mental illness is having a detrimental effect on a lawyer’s work product, client communications, and interactions with other attorneys and judges.
  • How substance abuse and mental illness can substantially hinder a lawyer’s ethical responsibility to zealously represent their clients and to perceive and protect the image of the profession in general.
  • Exercises and coping mechanisms that lawyers can use to avoid stress and stress-related medical issues like substance abuse and mental illness.


Course Detailed Time Schedule

8:30 am – 8:45 am – Opening Remarks/ Presenter Intro

8:45 am – 10:15 am – Defining Stress in General and Understanding the Unique Stressors of the Attorney

What is Stress and the Biology of Stress

  1. The difference between Good Stress and Bad Stress
  2. Unique challenges presented by the legal profession that commonly result in stress for lawyers
  3. Sign that you may be at risk of substance abuse or mental illness as a result of work-related stress

10:15 am – 10:30 am – BREAK

10:30 am – 11:15 am – Substance Abuse by Lawyers

Why lawyers commonly resort to substance abuse

  1. Education on common alcohol and drug-related dependency disorders
  2. Recognizing the difference between social substance use and substance abuse for “Self-Medication”

11:15 am – 11:45 am How Substance Abuse Correlates to Professional Misconduct, Malpractice, and Bar Discipline

  1. Warning signs that indicate a lawyer may need treatment for substance abuse
  2. Common ways that substance abuse can lead to malpractice or discipline
  3. How substance abuse hinders a lawyer’s judgment and ability to zealously represent a client

11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Introduction to Awareness of Common Mental Illnesses

  1. Signs and symptoms of depression/manic depression
  2. Signs and symptoms of anxiety-related disorders
  3. Signs and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder
  4. Less common mental illnesses such as dementia and schizophrenia

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm – LUNCH (NOT PROVIDED)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Recognizing and Treating Mental Illness

  1. The importance of prompt medical treatment
  2. Stopping mental illness before it develops
  3. Types of treatment common to mental illness
  4. Signs of Suicidal Tendencies

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Intro into Ethical Concerns that Arise for Lawyers Suffering from Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm – How Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Can Hinder a Lawyer’s Ability to Zealously Represent a Client

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – BREAK

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm – A Lawyers Responsibility to Perceive and Protect the Image of the Profession

  1. How substance abuse and mental illness detrimentally affects a lawyers work product.
  2. Common reasons why lawyers face bar discipline based on their substance abuse or mental illness
  3. How falling victim to substance abuse or mental illness detrimentally affects the legal profession.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Specific Information on available resources and preventative treatment options for lawyers in Florida

The course concludes at 5:00 pm*

To register, email us at with the name of the workshop that you would like to attend. You may also use our Eventbrite link below to register for this Seminar. If you would like to use our PayPal link, please refer to the Seminars page of our website and scroll to the bottom of the page. At the bottom of the page, you will see Pay Online. Please enter the payment amount and the name of the Seminar or your Organization in the Note field. Click Buy Now and you will be taken to the PayPal payment screen. Select to Pay with Debit/Credit card and enter your payment information. We will send you a confirmation via email.

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