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Professionalism CLE: Chronic Stress, Trauma, Mental Health and Addiction
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Professionalism & Ethics: Chronic Stress, Trauma, Mental Health and Addiction

When: Friday, March 11
12:00-1:00 pm
Where: HCBA Office
600 Nicollet Mall
Ste 390
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States
Contact: Larry Schultz

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 Chronic Stress, Trauma, Mental Health and Addiction

1.0 Elimination of Bias credit applied for.

Featuring: Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Lawyers face stress daily and are subject to particular circumstances which can lead to higher levels of stress than for most other members of the population.  There is a clearly recognized continuum where unresolved chronic stress becomes a predictor for addiction and mental illness, particularly depression, which are also more prevalent among lawyers.  This prevalence was recently confirmed in the landmark study “The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys.”

By understanding this continuum and the facts about addiction and mental illness,  lawyers can reduce their risk and, hopefully, get help earlier when there is a mental health or addiction/dependency problem.  Signs, symptoms, risk factors and recovery regarding these problems will be presented.  Personal examples and information on Minnesota’s lawyer assistance program will also be provided.


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