How Would an Ethical Officer React?

…Senior Cpl. Joshua Merkel, the class’s defensive-­tactics instructor, talked to the recruits about how their bodies might respond to stressful situations. “When stress and adrenaline hit, we get tunnel vision, where our scope of vision narrows, and we get auditory exclusion, where we don’t hear as well,” he explained. He worked with them on deep breathing, yoga and other techniques for tuning into their environment. “From Day 1, I asked them to notice all the subtle things, like people’s energies and their body language,” Merkel said, including “observing sounds — not just hearing them but observing what things sound like — and what you smell.” Click here to read the...
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The Passing of Police Captain & Dharma Teacher Cheri Maples

We join so many others in mourning the tragic loss of a great Dharma teacher and friend to so many. Cheri Maples made unique contributions to mindful justice field, as a former police captain and ordained teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s lineage, who trained numerous law enforcement and other public safety professionals in mindfulness through her organization, the Center for Mindfulness & Justice. Cheri and her work are irreplaceable, and at the same time she has opened the way for many to follow in her footsteps bringing the healing and transformative power of mindfulness and compassion to our public safety professionals. Fleet Maull, PhD, Founder Center for Mindfulness in Corrections &...
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Australian Law Firm To Introduce A Mental Health And Wellbeing Initiative

Illawarra law firm RMB Lawyers is introducing a new initiative to improve the mental health and wellbeing of its lawyers. The century old business with a presence in Wollongong, the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and Sydney knows that in the fast-paced world of law dealing with high stakes and tackling heavy workloads can have a significant impact on lawyer’s mental wellbeing. Industry statistics reveal that one-in-three lawyers will suffer some form of stress, depression, anxiety or burnout. RMB Lawyers is tackling the issue head on by ensuring a supportive workplace environment. It is incorporating a new initiative designed to assist lawyers in managing the mental impact the profession can have. In fact RMB is...
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Tips to Help Stressed-Out Law Students Unclinch

Many law graduates feel burned out. It’s challenging finding motivation to clear one of the biggest hurdles between them and their careers—passing the bar exam. During bar preparation this summer, law grads are isolated and their anxiety runs high, creating an experience that noticeably impacts their mental health, according to Chris Ritter, staff attorney with the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, which helps law students, lawyers and judges who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. Texas Lawyer asked Ritter—who wrote a white paper of 10 tips to help law students find relief from stress, mental health and substance use issues—some questions about how law graduates, while studying for the...
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‘Mindful Leadership’ Transforming Law Firm Culture

A personal development coach has explained the business and personal benefits of mindful leadership for law firms. Speaking at the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association’s (ALPMA) Leadership and Culture seminar, held at the Sydney offices of Brown Wright Stein Lawyers in May, business coach Petris Lapis explored the importance of mindful leadership in law firms. Ms Lapis began her career as a tax lawyer before a stress-related liver tumour caused her to rethink her priorities. Now she delivers personal development programs internationally, teaching lawyers and other professionals how soft skills and mindfulness can help them succeed while maintaining their mental health. Click here to continue reading this article by Tom...
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Helping Those Who Keep Us Safe

On a daily basis, first responders — police, firefighters, EMTs, corrections officers and military personnel — put their lives on the line to protect others. Their professional training equips them with the skills they need to save others from danger, but when it comes to seeking help themselves, taking the first step can be challenging. Unfortunately, the consequences of not seeking help can be dire. Princeton House Behavioral Health, a unit of Princeton HealthCare System, provides First Responder Treatment Services to meet the unique needs of first responders and help them develop healthy ways to cope with the chronic and acute trauma associated with the critical incidents they handle.  ...
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Mindfulness in Policing Builds Resilience, Empathy

The Hillsboro Police Department in Oregon experienced a crisis in January 2013, when a 13-year veteran officer, drunk and armed with a rifle, frightened his wife into calling 911. What followed was an hour-long standoff at his house, ending in a shootout with 10 of his fellow officers. Fortunately, no one was injured, but former officer Timothy Cannon was later sentenced to 10 years in prison. Events like these have made Lt. Richard Goerling of the Hillsboro Police Department acutely aware of the impact stress can have on law enforcement officers. Click here to continue reading this article by Sarah Le in the Epoch Times.

CT First Responders Learn Mindfulness From 5th Graders

GREENWICH — Ten men sat at a conference table, their backs straight and eyes closed. The chatter of their radios had ceased and their deep breaths caused the insignia on their jackets — Greenwich Police, Greenwich Fire and Rescue or Greenwich Emergency Medical Services — to rise and fall. “Breathe in through your nose,” Jaden Scott, a fifth-grader at Julian Curtiss School, said, directing the men to feel the breath as it traveled to lungs, belly and out through the mouth.  On Thursday, Jaden and his classmates, fifth-graders Lauren Resnick, Jake Tisler and Logan Jozwiak, taught Greenwich first responders the mindfulness techniques that they use in school. Click here to...
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