VJLAP's mental health awareness week activities conclude with a 1 hour CLE on Friday, October 16 from 12 to 1 pm: Ethics/Professionalism: Implicit Bias and Mental Health
Speakers: Margaret Hannapel Ogden, Wellness Coordinator and Barbara Mardigian, Deputy Clinical Director.
As neuroscience continues to deepen our understanding of how our brains rapidly sort and process information, legal scholars have begun to examine the role that implicit biases play in decision-making. We all hold biases about mental health based on both cultural stereotypes and individual lived experiences. How can attorneys slow down our thinking, notice these often unconscious biases, and interrupt them before they negatively impact our behaviors? This real talk session will examine the language we use to talk about common mental health problems, and how that can perpetuate stigma. Finally, attorneys will be given tools to develop equitable workplace policies that meet our ethical obligations, guard against mental health risks, and encourage help-seeking behavior.