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Member Assistance Program - A free, confidential service

The Member Assistance Program, also called "MAP", offers a peer support network of volunteer lawyers who have been trained to offer support to lawyers, judges and law students or their immediate families, who experience issues in their personal or professional life. Why allow things to continue unresolved? Help is available.

You are not alone. Recent studies show that lawyers suffer from substance use disorder, addiction, depression and anxiety at a rate higher than the average population, and at a rate higher than many other professionals.  

Our Peer Support Network of volunteers is here to help.  You may call anyone on the list, or you may call us to be matched with someone. All calls to MAP and to MAP's volunteers are confidential under Supreme Court rule.

If you have questions, or want to be matched with a peer volunteer, call us at 602.340.7334.  

 

Lawyer Well-Being & Mindfulness Resources

NEW!!  Thanks to Hon. Donn Kessler (ret.) for compiling this list of resources on mindfulness, meditation and wellbeing.

Be sure to check out our new Lawyer Wellness and Well-Being pages.

We know this is a rough time. Here are some resources that may help. And don't forget, our peer support network of volunteers is here for you!

 

 

Taking Care of Yourself

The pandemic has impacted us in so many ways, some more obvious than others. 

Have you thought about how working from home may have affected your posture?  Here's an article exploring the impact with some tips for improvement.

How many of us are caregivers for adult relatives – usually but not always parents? It can be both the best of times, or the worst, or something in between. For many the pandemic made this situation more acute whether your loved ones were with you or in another city. Join your colleagues Marsha Goodman and Bridget O’Brian Swartz, to chat about the challenges and rewards of caregiving while practicing.

These free sessions are not intended as therapy. As these are group sessions, MAP cannot guarantee confidentiality of these sessions. They do not qualify as CLE.

Seems like years since you were able to connect with colleagues? Are you craving some social interaction – even if it is on Zoom? Have you been wondering how others are enduring these challenging times? The State Bar Member Assistance Program is here to help with our lunchtime chats! We’ll start with a mindfulness exercise and then discuss the challenges we’ve been facing, what’s worked and how we are all coping. Share your thoughts in a judgment-free environment.

This session will be facilitated by State Bar members Kolette Butler, JD, PsyD and Donn Kessler (AZ Court of Appeals, retired).

These free sessions are not intended as therapy and are not confidential. They do not qualify as CLE.

 

From school Zoom sessions to virtual work meetings, tackling the task of legal work while parenting at home has proven to be a struggle for many in the last year. The State Bar Member Assistance Program is here to help with our lunchtime drop-in for working parent lawyers! As a group we'll discuss the challenges we’ve been facing with at-home learning and balancing our work schedules in a judgment-free environment.

These free sessions are not intended as therapy and are not confidential. They do not qualify as CLE.



Tips for "surviving" staying-at-home

Are you facing a new challenge now that you are remotely working from home? Instead of being gone from home for a while every day, we are staying home. While we (hopefully) enjoy being with family, being with them all the time can be daunting. Here are some tips for making it through these stay-at-home days and weeks.

How to Not Completely Hate the People You're Quarantined With, from Wired.

How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind, from Wired.

Practice 2.0 Guide to Working Remotely

Looking for online meetings?

AA Online Meeting Directory:  http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php

AA – Online - http://12stepforums.net/alcoholics_anonymous_online_meeting.html

AA COVID-19 Informational Page: AA link- https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/en_updatesoncoronavirus.pdf

Al-Anon – Online - http://12stepforums.net/alanon_family_group_online_meeting.html

IDAA - https://www.idaa.org/

In The Rooms: An Online Addiction Recovery Community
AA, NA, Dual Diagnosis, SAA (sex addiction), CPA(chronic pain): www.intherooms.com

NA Online Meetings “Addicts helping Addicts Recover”:  http://na-recovery.org/

NA – Online - http://12stepforums.net/narcotics_anonymous_online_meeting.html

NA COVID-19 Informational Page: NA link-         https://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/pdf/Coronavirus_web_message_12Mar.pdf

Recovery Dharma: “Healing from Addiction with Buddhist Practice”, daily meetings via computer, smartphone or dail-in:  http://recoverydharma.online/

Smart Recovery:  https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/

WE connect and Unity Recovery are partnering together to offer four daily all recovery meetings to anyone in the world. Meetings will follow an open format and are available to anyone in or seeking recovery. Seven days a week:  9 a.m. ; 12 p.m.;  3 p.m.;  9 p.m.; All times are EDT.
Join by navigating to: https://unityrecovery.zoom.us/j/2656499375

Trying to avoid cabin fever?

Thanks to our friends at the Delaware Lawyer Assistance Program for sharing these ideas.