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Recognizing & Mitigating Stress & Impaired Practice

June 20, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Wells Fargo Building - Lower Level 2 – Assembly Conference Room
1700 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80202

Please join the Mile High Chapter Education Committee at our monthly luncheon on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. where Sarah Myers, the Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) will present on "Recognizing & Mitigation Stress & Impaired Practice."

Research shows that judges, lawyers, and legal professionals are at an increased risk for developing compassion fatigue, secondary traumatization, depression, and anxiety. While the work is very rewarding, the practice of law and the legal profession is uniquely stressful and demanding. It is important to learn how to take care of yourself in the midst of daily exposure to stressful cases and overwhelming schedules.  This presentation will help you understand the neurobiology and neurophysiology of stress, why and how stress is contagious, and how to make the stress response “work for you” before it becomes compassion fatigue or burnout. The signs and symptoms of an impaired practice that result from mental health and substance use disorders will also be discussed.  In addition, information on how Lawyer Assistance Programs can assist lawyers in preventing and addressing such issues will be provided.

Session Objectives:

  • Identify different types of stress and the signs and symptoms that stress may be effecting an individual.
  • Discuss the cause and effect of stress specific to the legal profession.
  • Recognize the signs an impaired practice.
  • Discuss specific tips to mitigate stress and to promote a culture of prevention, wellness and support.
  • How and when to access the types of assistance available through the Colorado Lawyers Assistance Program (COLAP)



Sarah Myers is the Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP).  She is a Colorado licensed attorney, licensed marriage and family therapist, and licensed addiction counselor.  Ms. Myers is also a licensed post-graduate level secondary teacher, certified trauma and abuse psychotherapist, and certified LGTBQ therapist.   She has over 20 years of experience as a professor and teacher, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and program director.  Ms. Myers specializes in stress management, psychoneuroimmunology, compassion fatigue, and behavioral health issues for legal professionals.

Sarah Myers will join us at the Wells Fargo Building, Lower Level 2 Assembly Conference Room at 1700 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80202.  The elevator to access the Lower Level 2 is on the Northwest side of the lobby  The Board has agreed to continue with valet parking for those members outside of downtown Denver.  Please indicate in your registration if you will be using that service.

 This session has been approved for the following continuing education re-certification credits:

CLM Recertification Credit: 1.0 hour in the subject area of Human Resource Management.  This education session satisfies the one(1) hour minimum requirement of Substance Abuse. 

CLM Application Credit for Functional Specialists:  1.0 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management toward the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application requirements. 

This program is valid for 1.0 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.

This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.

Our monthly educational sessions would not be possible without the generous support of our Business Partners.

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$30.00 MHC ALA Regular Member

$40.00 Member Guest