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Topic: COLAP Presents: How to Make Stress Work for You

Speaker:  Sarah Myers, Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program

Time: Tuesday, November 13, 11:30am-1pm

CEMS has received one (1) ETHICS CLE for this presentation

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 is a uniquely stressful and demanding profession. It is important to learn how to take care of yourself in order to have a healthy lifestyle and healthy career 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. In addition, practical ways to mitigate the physical, emotional, and cognitive damage that can result from chronic stress and lack of self-care will be provided. You will also learn about the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) and the confidential resources available to you and your colleagues.

The presentation will encompass issues related to Grievances, Professional Conduct, and Professional Responsibility in that it relates to how lawyers can avoid problems with representing their clients due to burnout, excessive stress, and stress-related illnesses, including alcohol or drug abuse. It will also discuss how COLAP can assist lawyers in preventing and addressing such issues.

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, and behavioral health and substance use issues for legal professionals.

LOCATION: The EPA Conference Center located on the 2nd floor of the EPA Region 8 Headquarters building at 1595 Wynkoop St. When entering the building, visitors will be asked by the building security guards to display valid photo identification, pass through airport type security machines, sign in at the lower front desk, and wear a temporary EPA visitor badge. Then please proceed to the second floor to register with the CEMS representative.

MEETING FORMAT: Members may either bring their own lunch and attend the meeting for no charge, or they may request that CEMS order a box lunch for them. The cost of the box lunch for members is $16.00; for non members, $19.00 (note price increase).

RESERVATIONS: PLEASE give your name, company name and phone number via email to admin@coems.org. PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU ARE RESERVING A BOX LUNCH OR BRINGING YOUR OWN. Reservations must be received BEFORE Friday, November 9, 2018 at 5:00PM. No reservations will be taken after this date! Payment of $16.00 for members, $19.00 for non-members will be accepted at the door with prior reservation. Please cancel your reservation by Friday, November 9, 2018 if you are unable to attend. It is the policy of the Society to bill for meals reserved but unclaimed. You may also pay with credit card via PAYPAL below:


Box Lunch

NOTICE: CEMS would like to thank EPA for the use of meeting space and would like to emphasize that the use of EPA space does not constitute endorsement of CEMS, sponsors of CEMS functions, or the content of CEMS workshops or meetings.