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Mental Health & Substance Abuse Awareness for In-House Counsel

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Date Published

September 11, 2019


Mecklenburg County Bar


Corporate Counsel, Mental Health & Wellness, Substance Abuse


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Data and anecdotal stories suggest mental health and substance use (“MHSU”) disorders are growing in the rank and file of the legal field. This includes attorneys working “in-house” for companies in a variety of capacities from traditional legal department counsel to law-related roles in the companies’ business units, e.g., contracting, compliance, and the like. As in-house attorneys, it is imperative to be aware of these behavioral health issues, pressures, red flags, symptoms, options and resources for yourself and your colleagues. We are not immune to the opioid epidemic, stress, fatigue, and the myriad of behavioral health diagnoses too easily attributed to others, not ourselves. Substance abuse and debilitating mental conditions impact us, too.

This seminar, led by a mix of attorneys and clinicians, will cover:

  • DETECTION: How to recognize stress, substance abuse, chemical dependency, and debilitating mental conditions in yourself and your in-house attorney colleagues, including common causes for these behavioral health issues.
  • IMPACT: How these behavioral health issues, if ignored, can impact a lawyer’s professional responsibilities, especially in the context of in-house legal practice.
  • PREVENTION, TREATMENT, RESOURCES: How to prevent and treat stress, substance abuse, chemical dependency, and debilitating mental conditions, including resources and help available to attorneys.

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    Program Titles and Supporting Materials

    This program contains the following components:

    In-House Counsel - Handout
    In-House Counsel - Presentation Copy
    In-House Counsel - Video
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    If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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    How to Attend

    Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

    Technical Requirements
    You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

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