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Lawyer Assistance Committee (LAC) members, LAC volunteers, and LAP staff regularly present programs to educate D.C. Bar members, judges and students about wellness, addiction and mental health symptoms, outline the confidential services of the LAP, and allow volunteers to share their experiences with past problems and how they overcame them. Some of those programs are recorded and made available for the benefit of the D.C. Bar community.

Past Events

An Honest Conversation about Alcohol: Navigating Holidays and CelebrationsAn Honest Conversation about Alcohol: Navigating Holidays and Celebrations

The holiday season is often intertwined with alcohol use; in fact, studies show an increase in binge drinking. For some, the holidays can mean stressful family gatherings, loneliness and isolation, or strain caused by financial and economic difficulties. For others, it might be a time of celebration and frequent social gatherings. It can be challenging for someone in recovery or striving to moderate their alcohol use. Whatever your experience during, join the Lawyer Assistance Program for a conversation on navigating this time of year.

 

Building Fences, Not Walls 2.0: Next Level Conversation on BoundariesBuilding Fences, Not Walls 2.0: Next Level Conversation on Boundaries

This program, part of our “Honest Conversation” series, continues the conversation on boundaries, what they are, why they are important, and how to start the process of setting them.

Boundary Threat Assessment
Boundaries Handout
Healthy Boundaries Look and Sound Like…

 

An Honest Conversation About What Perfectionism is Costing YouAn Honest Conversation About What Perfectionism is Costing You (March 2023)

This program, part of our “Honest Conversation” series, explores perfectionism versus striving for excellence - where does one end and the other begin?

 

An Honest Conversation About GriefIt’s a New Year but Nothing is New: An Honest Conversation About How to Get Unstuck (January 2023)
Almost three years ago, the whole world ground to a halt. Even though things have shifted and begun to open up, some of us are understandably still feeling stuck. We may still struggle with motivation, have difficulty focusing, or experience feelings of emptiness or numbness. While we may have a desire for change, we are struggling in what feels like a three-year-old rut. If this resonates, please view this conversation on how to shift from stagnation to action as we begin the new year.

 

An Honest Conversation About GriefAn Honest Conversation About Grief: Life is Messy, So Is Loss (November 2022)
Grief is an uncomfortable conversation and a necessary one. During this honest conversation, we will explore what grief looks like, the various ways people grieve, the different types of losses beyond death, and ideas for how to support those grieving.

 

Thriving Not Just Surviving: Boundary Setting In PracticeThriving Not Just Surviving: Boundary Setting In Practice (October 2022)
This presentation was produced as a Lunch and Learn seminar for the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service. It explores why, when, and how to set firm, clear boundaries to help you take care of yourself, find a sense of control, and enhance your emotional well-being.

 

Building Fences, Not Walls:Building Fences, Not Walls: A Conversation on Boundaries (July 2022)
This program explores why, when, and how to set firm, clear boundaries to help you take care of yourself, find a sense of control, and enhance your emotional well-being during this tumultuous time.

Boundaries Assessment –  What are Personal Boundaries –  Tips for Healthy Boundaries

 

Stress, Drink, Leave: An Examination of Gender-Specific Risk Factors for Mental Health Problems and Attrition Among Licensed AttorneysStress, Drink, Leave: An Examination of Gender-Specific Risk Factors for Mental Health Problems and Attrition Among Licensed Attorneys (May 2021)
In 2020, the California Lawyers Association and D.C. Bar participated in a first of its kind research project aimed at uncovering personal and workplace risk factors for mental health and substance use problems among practicing attorneys. In this presentation attorney mental health and well-being expert Patrick Krill and his study co-author, Dr. Justin Anker, provided a revealing look at what they found related to mental health, drinking, stress, attrition intentions, and gender disparities associated with each. Learn More

 

Building Resilience During Challenging TimesBuilding Resilience During Challenging Times (January 2021)
This program was produced as a Lunch and Learn seminar for the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service. During this program participants learned evidence-based practices for building resilience to cope with adversity, adapt to change, and overcome challenges.

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