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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Living Mindfully & Meaningfully: A Practical Retreat for Busy Attorneys

Start Date: 3/7/2020 2:00 PM CST
End Date: 3/7/2020 5:00 PM CST

United States 

Donation of $25 or more

Values based donation; minimum of $25 per participant. All proceeds will be donated to a mental health charity chosen by the LBA Family Law Section.

To register, click on the REGISTER button to the right. You will be redirected to the Lafayette Bar Foundation's online Square store. By making your donation, you will be considered registered for the event. You will receive a reminder email from the Lafayette Bar a few days prior to the event.
All attorneys within the Lafayette Bar Association are invited to participate.


CLE Credit: 3.0 Hours of Professionalism

Presenters: Emily K. Sandoz, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Jonathan Jarrett

Last year, the largest national study of American attorneys to date found striking levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. In many cases, these concerns are going unaddressed, with a large number of attorneys who are struggling turning to alcohol for short term relief. Indeed, attorneys drink in ways that are hazardous, harmful, and/or dependent at almost double the rate of similarly educated professionals. These 2019 findings were just the most recent data to support what has long been known. Of course, attorneys are not surprised by recent statistics like these. You are acutely aware of the unique, and sometimes necessary, stressors that bombard you every day. What many of you may surprised by, however, are the ways that common responses to stress and discomfort tend to increase their impact on functioning, and the number of not-so-common practices that can buffer the impact of stress on well-being and performance. Emerging data on mental health suggest most of us respond to stress in ways that provide short term relief, but with significant costs to things they care about. People who thrive most, however, show a different pattern – putting chosen values and meaningful action at the forefront, and mindfully opening up to the stress and discomfort that comes with pursuing things you care about.

This workshop will focus on building skills for attorneys interested in navigating life, both in and outside of the practice of law, more mindfully and meaningfully. After a brief introduction to mindfulness and values-based action, participants will practice choosing personal values, identifying activities that best serve those values, noticing the specific ways they allow stress to interfere with those activities, opening up to stress and discomfort, and taking meaningful steps toward living the life they want. Activities will involve brief didactic presentations, individual and paired practices, and discussion. 

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