Prevention Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Members Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence
Course Demo. No credit provided in demo mode.
Faculty: Steven A Nielsen -
The California State Bar has recently added important new components to the required course previously known as "Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress." The new definition of this course, "Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Member's Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence," reflects the need to consider the bigger picture of the pressures which lawyers face on a daily basis in their practices, as well as the physical and mental issues which may impair competence, such as depression, age and natural cognitive decline.
In this HD Video program attorney Steven A. Nielsen focuses on the mental changes that occur over a career. The normal aging process results in cognitive decline, and Mr. Nielsen suggests that a colleague or two keep tabs on each other, including those at large law firms. He discusses the presence of dementia and what to do should it arise, and provides links to resources on how to sell or close a practice should this occur. Other simple tips include the use of a lawyer's skills as a problem solver to help neural plasticity and memory, such as playing bridge, crossword puzzles and hobbies, physical activity in the office as well as outside and an improved diet. He also takes aim at the rise of constant electronic messages or other electronic interruptions and the damage this can have, and suggests how "Interruption Management" can help effectiveness and productivity. Mr. Nielsen's remedies and tips offered are not extreme, but are important as they can be easily implemented. This program will help attorneys improve the efficiency and enjoyment of their practices and increase awareness of cognitive issues and possible diminution of competence.