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The Weight of Law School: Recognizing and Rebounding from Depression

Full Weight of the Law

Format: Webinar

Nationwide USA

Dates: 03/23/2018

Time: 1PM - 2PM ET

Sponsor: Law Student Division
Young Lawyers Division
Law Practice Division
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

List Price: FREE

ABA Member Price: FREE

Sponsor Member Price: FREE

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Join the ABA’s Law Student Division, Young Lawyers Division, Law Practice Division, and the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, along with with authors, Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy, for a free webinar that discusses “The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression.”

In this webinar, Drs. Fortgang and Healy – two psychologists with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Massachusetts – will discuss the high rates of depression among law students, the various contributing factors, ways of recognizing distress, and suggestions for getting help and staying healthy. Lawyers report much higher rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and alcoholism than the general public. These problems usually start, or escalate, in law school. Tune in to learn tips on how to prevent, recognize, and address depression in law school.

The book can be purchased here.

About the panelists

Jeff FortgangDr. Jeff Fortgang graduated Yale in 1971, and, after a few years as a musician/songwriter, completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (from Adelphi University’s Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies) in 1980.  Licensed as both a psychologist and alcohol/drug counselor, he has held positions and directed clinical programs at several Boston-area hospitals and clinics, and served as an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School.  Since 1998, he has divided his time between private practice and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, the Massachusetts lawyer assistance program.

Shawn HealyDr. Shawn Healy received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University in 2006 where he focused most of his research on conflict resolution. During graduate school, Dr. Healy enjoyed teaching a wide variety of undergraduate psychology courses at several colleges in the greater Boston area. For many years he worked at a nonprofit in their community mental health clinics in the greater Boston area serving children, adolescents, and adults with major mental illness and eventually became the director of those clinics. Since 2014, he has worked full time at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, the Massachusetts lawyer assistance program, while also dedicating as much time as possible to playing with his small children.