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Dr Tom Nehmy to speak at the Australian National University 'Wellness for Law Forum'

February 02, 2015

The ANU is hosting the Wellness for Law Forum 2015 on the 5th & 6th February 2015. Dr Tom Nehmy will be in Canberra on Friday 6/2/15 speaking about the 'cutting edge' of employee wellbeing and it's applications for legal firms around Australia.

For more information on the Wellbeing for Law forum on 5th and 6th February 2015 at the Australian National University in Canberra, check out their website: http://law.anu.edu.au/conferences/wellness-law

The forum is an annual initiative of the Wellness Network for Law, a community of academics, practitioners, regulators, students and wellness advocates who are committed to:

  • Addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in law
  • Promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy, and in the profession.

Tom's Abstract:

Current rates of psychological morbidity in the legal profession are cause for concern. Chronic stress, burnout, absenteeism, lost productivity, psychological injury claims and disorders such as anxiety and depression are all features of the current corporate legal landscape. These problems constitute a significant financial and ethical burden for law firms, and are also associated with significant personal and health costs for individuals.

This paper presentation will address the key questions that the legal profession must address in order to significantly improve the wellbeing of its practitioners:

What is the most helpful way to define "resilience", "wellbeing", and "happiness" in terms of employee wellbeing?

How can we prevent the onset of psychological problems?

What does the very latest theory and research say about what law firms should do to promote employee wellbeing?

Despite the justified concerns about the state of legal practitioners' mental health and wellbeing, the presentation will return to a hopeful message with discussion of the latest "transdiagnostic" theory and how it can be integrated into a comprehensive "in house" employee wellbeing approach.

The audience will gain an understanding of both the scientific and practical underpinnings of how broad psychological skills training can produce more resilient practitioners.

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