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Understanding Lawyers and Substance Abuse CLE

September 21, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


A recent national landmark ABA study on attorney mental health is the first to ever bring into sharp focus, with hard data and real numbers, the impact alcohol/drug abuse and other mental health issues are having on this profession.   The research indicated that lawyers have a high rate of substance abuse at approximately twice the rate of the general population, as well as high rates of depression and anxiety.  This presentation seeks to improve the understanding of substance abuse and the dynamics of addiction, and the susceptibility of lawyers to this disorder.  Accurate information will be provided about the neurological nature of substance abuse/addiction, including the development, symptomology, and the impact on behavior.  Guidance and suggestions for dealing with a substance use disorder in themselves or another lawyer will also be provided.

Goals and Objectives:

1. Define and clarify substance abuse/addiction, alleviating misconceptions and misinformation.
2. Discuss neurological factors involved in substance abuse/addiction.
3. Explore reasons why lawyers are susceptible to substance abuse/addiction.
4. Discuss the impact of substance abuse specifically on lawyers.
5. Provide guidance and resources for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.


Cathy Killian is the Clinical Director and Western Clinical Coordinator for the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program, and has been a counselor in the Charlotte area for over 25 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has a BS Degree in Zoology/Pre-Med from NC State University, a BA Degree in Psychology from UNC-Charlotte, and a Master of Education in Counseling Degree from Winthrop University. Cathy has worked in a variety of mental health and substance abuse areas, including inpatient, outpatient, hospital-based and free-standing treatment facilities, Employee Assistance, and private practice. Her area of expertise is with trauma-based disorders, specifically substance abuse and process addictions. She has conducted numerous trainings and workshops both locally and nationally on a variety of topics throughout her career, and provides clinical supervision on both an individual and facility level. She was a college instructor for 17 years, and a Program Chair for five of those years.
Cathy is a former board member for Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, a former board member for the McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse, former board member for the North Carolina Board of Licensed Employee Assistance Professionals, and former president and board member of the Eating Disorders Education Project.


September 21, 2018
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Dora Kripapuri