Mental health first aid for legal professionals

Due to popular demand, we've secured a third session of this very popular accredited course at the same special discounted price! Book now — once spaces are gone, the price will go back up!

Limited spaces available – preference will be given to small firms and sole practitioners.

In Australia, nearly 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness in any one year. Within the legal profession, the incidence is far greater, with 1 in 3 lawyers at any one stage suffering heightened stress and anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders.

Stigma and a lack of organisational support remain the greatest barriers to help-seeking in the profession. Early intervention can mean more positive outcomes, including better employee engagement and workplace culture, and can prevent problems deteriorating. Having people in your organisation who know how to assist is fundamental in ensuring the safety of staff. 

This accredited mental health first aid course will give you the tools to assist a colleague or client who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Learn to recognise the signs and symptoms, and how to respond.

The course will cover:

  • how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health problems and crises in your clients, employees and co-workers
  • understanding the risk factors, and appropriate evidence-based treatments and supports
  • how to respond and offer appropriate support to clients, employees and co-workers using the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan ALGEE.

The course combines a 6-8 hour online (eLearning) component with a follow-on face-to-face training session.

This accredited mental health first aid training is normally valued at $375, but thanks to Leo Cussen and the Law Society we are providing it at a heavily discounted rate of $175 per member. 

Details

  • When: Tuesday 22 November 2022, 10:30am to 3:30pm
  • Note: This is an accredited course, which includes 6-8 hours e-Learning that is recommended to be completed prior to the F2F session
  • Where: ACT Law Society training room, Level 4, 1 Farrell Place, Canberra City
  • Cost: $175 per member (includes e-Learning module, face-to-face session, and a light lunch)
  • To register, please contact Casey on casey.magnussen@actlawsociety.asn.au. Limited spaces available – preference will be given to small firms and sole practitioners.
  • CPD: Members will earn 5 CPD points, 2.5 in core area 2 (Practice management and business skills), and 2.5 in core area 3 (Professional skills)
  • RSVP by COB Tuesday 8 November 2022

Desi Vlahos, Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Mentor and Lawyer, Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Winner of the Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards, Wellness Advocate of the Year 2021

Desi is an Australian Legal Practitioner and Mentor at Leo Cussen, Centre for Law, Victoria. She was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005 and has practiced in mid-tier, suburban and private firms. In 2013, Desi completed a Graduate Diploma of Education with a focus on legal studies and literature. As a certified mental health first aid trainer, Desi is a strong advocate for mental health, the well-being of new lawyers and the profession as a whole. Most recently Desi joined the International Bar Association’s Presidential Wellbeing Taskforce charged with tackling the problem of poor mental health among the world’s lawyers and in promoting policies and working practices to help to improve wellbeing within the legal profession.

Event registration terms and conditions

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you have been to an active Covid-19 hotspot as listed by the ACT Government, are a close contact of an active case, or feel unwell in the lead up to the event, we kindly ask you not to attend. 

In these circumstances, please advise us by email prior to the event start time and we will issue you a full refund. Contact us on casey.magnussen@actlawsociety.asn.au.

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.2% surcharge may be incurred on payments processed via credit/debit card. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'New Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means any member holding a student membership.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

 

 

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Speakers

Desi Vlahos, Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Mentor and Lawyer, Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Winner of the Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards, Wellness Advocate of the Year 2021

Desi is an Australian Legal Practitioner and Mentor at Leo Cussen, Centre for Law, Victoria. She was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005 and has practiced in mid-tier, suburban and private firms. In 2013, Desi completed a Graduate Diploma of Education with a focus on legal studies and literature. As a certified mental health first aid trainer, Desi is a strong advocate for mental health, the well-being of new lawyers and the profession as a whole. Most recently Desi joined the International Bar Association’s Presidential Wellbeing Taskforce charged with tackling the problem of poor mental health among the world’s lawyers and in promoting policies and working practices to help to improve wellbeing within the legal profession.

Sponsors & Supporters

The Law Society is proud to recognise legalsuper as the sponsor of the Law Society CPD Program.

legalsuper is the industry super fund for Australia’s legal community. With personal service for every member, we can help you to maximise your super, consolidate accounts, adjust insurance or investments, plan for retirement and more. Contact Guy Mahony on 0477 401 151 or gmahony@legalsuper.com.au to book your free appointment today — meetings can be conducted by phone or on Zoom.

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