Depression has been found to occur in attorneys at rates of over three times the general work force. Moreover, research provides evidence of high levels of work addiction, perceived stress, job dissatisfaction, substance abuse, and secondary trauma symptoms among attorneys. The prevalence of unhappiness among attorneys not only results in disillusionment and career changes, but can also lead to inadequate client representation due to associated difficulties including reduced concentration, fatigue, disturbed sleep and poor motivation. This course aims to increase understanding of the causes of unhappiness in attorneys, and provide individual and institutional strategies to counteract the emotional toll of legal practice.
Teo Ernst, PsyD
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Depatment of Psychiatry
By the end of this course attendees will have:
• Recognizing addiction problems in attorneys and their colleagues
• Increased their understanding of the occupational causes of job dissatisfaction and unhappiness in attorneys.
• Increased their understanding of the impact of vicarious traumatization on attorneys who work with trauma exposed clients
• Increased their understanding of individual and institutional strategies to counteract the emotional toll of legal practice