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(PR) LAP: Recognizing Impairment Issues

Course Description
The Covid-19 Pandemic has heightened overwhelming stressors that are commonplace in our legal profession which disproportionately result in judges suffering higher levels of depression, anxiety, substance use, burnout, cognitive problems, and other serious issues at rates much higher than those seen in the general population.

We will discuss the changes the pandemic has wreaked on the legal profession and the short- and long-term impact these changes will have on the profession. Additionally, this presentation will discuss the various psychological disorders including the common symptoms and the different mental health diagnoses that may be present in the current pandemic environment, i.e. physical safety and wellness issues, economic fallout and financial security issues, and psychological toll due to social isolation and lack of social connectivity.

Course Credit Hours
: 1.5

Learning Objective(s)
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a colleague in need during traumatic and stressful times
  • Address the impact of immobility, loss of connection to others during the pandemic
  • Recognize different psychological disorders and their symptoms during the pandemic.