Module 3: 11.00am – 12.35pm (2 Management / General CPD Points)

Monday 2nd December 2019 = Seminar 3(a) in the Postal Booking Form

Monday 9th December 2019 = Seminar 3(b) in the Postal Booking Form

Mental Health & Civil Litigation

‘Where Two Roads Diverge’

The road to mental health recovery and the road to vindication in the courts are not necessarily the same. Both roads involve groups of human beings often in distress. First of all, there are the litigants whose issues include those who have experienced trauma or injustice. Secondly, and equally importantly, are those who manage the litigation, in this case, we in the legal profession.

None of us is immune from the stress of today’s world. This talk will discuss issues in relation to stress including acute stress reactions, adjustment reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder. It will also discuss issues in relation to stress for those who provide the routes to justice, specifically us as the lawyers involved. Issues related to burnout and the management of occupational distress will be discovered.

Speaker

Prof. Jim Lucey is Medical Director (Master) of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin, since 2008.

He has been a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of London (1993-1997) at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, and at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1998-2002) and is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Lucey has more than 25 years’ experience in psychiatry, and in addition to medical management he maintains his clinical practice at St. Patrick`s where he works on the assessment, diagnosis and management of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, as well as a member of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland. Prof. Lucey gives public lectures and is a regular broadcaster on mental health matters on RTE radio and speaks on mental health at CPD Board conferences.