Project Cold Days: Exploring Mental Health, Substance Use & Addiction  

Dec. 15, 2020 - Aug. 15, 2021
Online

Project Cold Days: Exploring mental health, substance use & addiction


The overall objective of this course is the promotion of work/life balance and wellness principles, regarding mental health, substance use and addiction awareness for professionals.

Work/Life Balance - This case study (film) focuses on the promotion of work/life balance and wellness principles for lawyers regarding mental health, substance use and addiction awareness for the legal profession. The film aims to present the problems that homeless people experience not only as an isolated social problem found on the streets of our society, but also problems present in the workplace, common among legal and business professionals as well.

Mental health, substance use and addiction education and prevention - The CPD course based on this case study (film) addresses mental health, substance use and addiction education and prevention, with a special focus on legal and business professionals who are particularly at risk due to their high stress jobs and struggles to attain wellness and achieve work-life balance.

Awareness and Understanding - The case study (film) aims to reduce stigma, and promote awareness and understanding, of the issue. As explained by the filmmaker Stephen Coleman, “Project Cold Days is a documentary film about much more than homelessness. It explores elements of the human condition that unite us all, focusing on mental health, substance use and addiction.”

The overall objective of this course is the promotion of work/life balance and wellness principles for lawyers, accountants and other professionals, regarding mental health, substance use and addiction awareness. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental health disorders, substance use or addiction – such as depression or alcoholism – is overcoming the stigma attached to it. This course aims to help reduce this stigma and promote awareness and understanding, and encourage necessary steps towards lasting change.

Specific Learning Objectives:

  • Discussion on the increasing evidence suggesting that legal professionals may be at an even higher risk than the general population of experiencing career and life challenges/struggles with mental illness and addictions.
  • Discussion on the key preventive and management strategies to address mental health and substance use and addiction issues in the legal profession.
  • Discussion on prevention and successful treatment of alcoholism and substance use, such as early detection.
  • Discussion about the awareness of Lawyer Assistance Programs and other programs designed to protect lawyers but also the public from lawyer misconduct.
  • Discussion on general wellness practices such as benefits of mindfulness to prevent and reduce mental health and substance use issues in the legal profession.
  • Breaking the stigma (Anti-Stigma) surrounding mental health disorders, substance use and addiction in the legal profession – *featuring personal testimonies of lived experiences by legal and business professionals of mental health illnesses and substance use/addiction.
     

 
Post-Screening Experts:



Dr. Kim Corace, PhD, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa (expert)
Alison Crosthwait, CFA, RP, CTP, Dipl, Registered psychotherapist, Author, and Blogger
Dr. Amy Porath, PhD, Director, Research, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (expert)

 

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    COST
    Exclusive to CBA Members: $89.99
    (compared to $199)
    Plus applicable taxes

    FEATURE FILM
    Project Cold Days (a film by Stephen Coleman)

    DURATION
    Feature film: 50 minutes
    2-part post-screening panel discussion: 70 minutes

    PROGRAM LANGUAGE
    English

    Viewer discretion is advised. This film contains Adult Language. This film may not be suitable for all audiences.

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