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Law Student Wellness

Law school is different.

Life+ Law School

Even if your previous academic experiences were rosy, most law students experience ups and downs navigating the rigorous academic demands while managing day-to-day responsibilities.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE

Counseling Services is offering Telemental Health through HIPAA secured Zoom to students. Over the coming weeks they will also be offering some workshops and groups through Zoom as well.

Wednesdays at 4pm. Counseling Services Grief and Loss Support Group in the Time of COVID: join for support, inspiration and lots more. Meets by zoom. Contact liza.little@maine.edu for an invite. 

Improving Your Emotional Well Being in the Time of COVID: this will be a periodic workshops, dates will be provided soon!

If you are interested in telemental health individual counseling services through our counseling center sign into your medical account to read and sign the consent form. Then give our front desk staff a call to set up your first appointment (207) 780-4050.

Professor Deirdre Smith's updated COVID-19 MENTAL HEALTH AND MINDFULNESS RESOURCES

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources from the American Bar Association (May 6, 2020)


The University Health and Counseling department sponsors workshops focused on Anxiety and Stress Management; all students and staff are welcome to attend.  No registration is necessary.
 
The Counseling Center also offers various time-limited groups throughout the school year on a variety of topics. Such topics have included eating disorders, self-care, assertiveness, and relationship issues. Through collaboration with the Office of Community Standards and USM's Department of Residential Life, the Counseling Center facilitates Substance Education and group experiences.
 
Call the counseling office at (207) 780-4050 for more information and to sign up.
 
For Spring 2020, starting February 13,  Counseling Services offers a Graduate Student Support Group: Thursdays 7-8:30pm, 105 Payson Smith Hall, contact samantha.seebode@maine.edu.

Full time students may enroll in USM courses, usually P/F. Browse the recreational classes offered nearly every semester. Most are 1-1.5 credits. Sullivan Gym also also no-credit recreational progams.

RHF 109 Beginning Weight Training

RHF 118 Yoga

RHF 121 Self Defense

RHF 122 Aerobic Kickboxing

RHF 123 Intro to Sea Kayaking

RHF 124 T'ai Chi Qigong

RHF 199 Spin


Spring 2020 Counseling Events

Grad Student Support GroupSam & Liza

Looking for a place to connect with other graduate students? Hoping to create some balance between school, work, & everyday life? This group aims to offer creative & practical peer support to help you succeed on your journey through graduate school; we’ll talk about money, school, relationships, self-care, + everything in between!

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7-830p, Payson Smith Hall in Portland

For more information email: samantha.seebode@maine.edu

A Self Directed LifeDiane

This is a process group that will focus on issues that normally arise in early and sustained recovery from substance use. This group is open to students who want to support each other on their new journey in recovery.

Fridays from 12-1 pmPortland Campus in Payson Smith Hall.

For more information email: diane.geyer@maine.edu


Maine Law Student Wellness Events

October 7- 11, 2019 Wellness Week 

A variety of activities led by students, faculty and staff to introduce you to our year-round wellness programming.


Previous events:

Tuesday, 3/26 | "Navigating Relationships in Law School"

Details: Confidential student-led conversation about relationships, romantic and otherwise, in law school.  Second in a Wellness Committee series. Snacks provided
 

Wednesday, 3/27 | Cultivating Calm Workshop

Details: Learn how to recognize and manage your anxiety. Daily practice of positive coping skills prevents a buildup of anxiety.  Feel calmer and happier. No registration necessary. All students are welcome, confidentiality is guaranteed! 

Saturday, 4/6 | Maine Law Mindful Mini-Retreat
 
Details: .This mini-retreat provides an opportunity for Maine Law students, faculty, and staff to take a pause from the distractions and fast pace of our busy lives in order to slow down, breathe, move, and learn more about mindfulness practices and how to integrate them into daily life.The program will include guided sitting and walking meditation practices as well as mindful movement (gentle yoga) and some discussion. Lunch will be provided. All levels of experience are welcome, including beginners and those looking to deepen their practice. This program is free but registration is required. Registration is available through a link on the myLaw portal.

What is well-being?

Lawyer well-being is  -

a continuous process whereby lawyers seek to thrive in each of the following areas: emotional health, occupational pursuits, creative or intellectual endeavors, sense of spirituality or greater purpose in life, physical health, and social connections with others.

Lawyer well-being is part of a lawyer’s ethical duty of competence.  It includes lawyers’ ability to make healthy, positive work/life choices to assure not only a quality of life within their families and communities, but also to help them make responsible decisions for their clients.  It includes maintaining their own long term well-being. 

This definition highlights that complete health is not defined solely by the absence of illness; it includes a positive state of wellness.

American Bar Association Path to Lawyer Well-Being pp.9-10

What's the deal with wellness and lawyers?

You are not alone.

Path to Law Student Wellness

Seven Dimensions of Wellness

According to the American Medical Student Association:

 

When we think of wellness it is easy to get caught up on the dimensions of wellness that are largely emphasized in the media; the dimensions of physical and emotional wellness. While these are important aspects of personal wellness we must not forget that there are seven dimensions of wellness that encompass an individual's wellbeing. These seven dimensions of wellness are further explained below.

Intellectual Wellness: encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. Ways to foster intellectual wellness include reading a book, completing a sodoku puzzle, or doing a crossword puzzle.

Spiritual Wellness: promotes seeking meaning and purpose in one’s life. Ways to foster spiritual wellness include meditation, prayer, and spending time in nature.

Emotional Wellness: encourages individuals to be positive and enthusiastic about oneself and their life and to have healthy relationships with others. Ways to foster emotional wellness are to confide in close friends and be positive about oneself.

Environmental Wellness: promotes harmony between one’s life and the earth and encourages the individual to minimize harm to the environment. Ways to foster environmental wellness is to conserve water and recycle.

Social Wellness: promotes interdependence with others and encourages harmony in one’s family and friendships. Ways to foster social wellness is to spend time with friends or have a family game night.

Occupational Wellness: encourages individuals to hold a job that will give them a sense of personal satisfaction and enrichment. Ways to foster occupational wellness is to work in a field that you enjoy, join a professional organization, and obtain certifications relevant for one’s field of interest/field of work.

Physical Wellness: promotes knowledge of food, nutrition, and physical activity that will better the health of one’s body. Ways to foster physical wellness is to go to the gym with a friend and to read nutrition labels.

Each of these dimensions of wellness is of equal importance when it comes to maintaining an individual's personal wellness. It is easy to focus emphasis on one or two of these dimensions but we must not forget the others.

https://www.amsa.org/the-seven-dimensions-of-wellness/