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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

2017-2018 Continuing Legal Education Seminar Descriptions

“Work Smarter – The Power of Recharge.”

Modern science has helped us understand what it takes for people to be more productive at work even under conditions of high stress. The work smarter approach is based in research from several sciences: the science of attention, positive psychology, sleep science, health science, and the mind-body sciences. Based on what these sciences have to offer us, this program covers techniques to make the kind of work habits that allow for higher levels of motivation, energy, and productivity which translate into getting more done in less time and being “in the zone” which is a state of mind that automatically adds positive emotions to the day. The work smarter approach also provides techniques to be done in short bursts of time (just a couple of minutes) at strategic times during the day in order to recharge. When you are recharged you feel better, you perform better, and you prevent job burnout. Working this way helps us increase our overall well-being for a more fulfilling and sustainable career.

“Positive Psychology for Lawyers – Lawyers are at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress.”

Legal work is replete with stress. That’s a given, but what’s not as well understood is that secondary traumatic stress, also known as vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue, is a high occupational risk for lawyers. This program examines what secondary trauma is and how positive psychology and body-based therapies are effective prevention and treatment approaches. 

“RX Mind-Body Techniques for Better Professionalism.”  

In this program, based in part on the ABA book "Yoga for Lawyers Mind-Body Techniques to Feel Better All the Time,” participants will learn about and practice certain mind-body techniques that are useful during the day in order to be exceptionally alert and highly focused for challenging and important tasks, and in the evening for relaxing and improving sleep even after some very stressful days. The techniques also improve professionalism as they train the nervous system for skillful responsive action rather than reactivity in dealing with the daily challenges of practice.

“Positive Psychology for Lawyers – Tools for Quality of Life and Superior Professionalism.”

The new science of positive psychology provides a proactive approach for lawyers to decrease stress and prevent depression, anxiety, burnout and other mental health concerns. Learn the practical neuroscience behind positive psychology and mindfulness. Learn about empirically supported positive psychology exercises that increase positive emotions while turning off stress chemistry and practice mind-body techniques that calm the nervous system, rejuvenate the practitioner, and create mindfulness for better emotional intelligence and professionalism. The exercises and techniques help lawyers attain greater quality of life, overall well-being, and improved emotional resilience for better practice management and client relationships. Incorporate these exercises and in just minutes a day you will feel more energized, notice enhanced concentration and experience better sleep. 

Upcoming and Past Speaking Engagements:

2018

Plenary Speaker "Resilience for Lawyers," Colorado Defense Attorneys Association Conference in Telluride, July.

2017

Plenary Speaker "Work Smarter - The Power of Recharge," and Featured Speaker "Positive Psychology for Lawyers," Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference in the Wisconsin Dells, October.

Keynote Speaker "Positive Psychology for Lawyers - Tools for Quality of Life and Superior Professionalism," "Lawyers are at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress," "RX Mind-Body Techniques for Better Professionalism," and "Work Smarter - The Power of Recharge," Missouri Solo and Small Firm Conference, June.

2016

Featured Speaker, "Positive Psychology for Lawyers," and "Work Smarter - The Power of Recharge," Oklahoma Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, June.

Featured Speaker, "Regulator Wellness," National Organization of Bar Counsel, August  in San Francisco.

"Positive Psychology for Lawyers - An Introduction," Oklahoma Bar Association, April. 

2015

Featured Speaker, "Positive Psychology for Lawyers - An Effective Intervention for Professionalism, Substance Abuse, and Relapse Prevention," ABA Commission on Lawyers' Assistance Programs National Conference, Oct. 

2014

CLE seminar, "Neuroscience, the Brain, and the Benefits of Positive Emotions," NM State Bar, Sept. 

Multi-week class in iRest® Meditation for Lawyers," NM State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program, Fall.

Week-long train-the-trainers in Tokyo Japan, "Positive Psychology and Mind-Body Techniques for Stress Relief," May and Nov. 

2013

CLE seminar, "Work Smarter," NM Defense Attorneys, Fall.