Wellness: The Six Dimensions of Wellness (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $79 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 10/15/2024


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the October 2019 webcast, Wellness: The Six Dimensions of Wellness.

Topics covered include:

  • Learn from Virginia Supreme Court Justice William C. Mims the Six Dimensions of Wellness which include social, physical, emotional, occupational, intellectual and spiritual wellbeing.

Drawing from the statistical reports of A Profession at Risk and the Occupational Risks of the Practice of Law and the recommendations from those reports, in this one hour seminar, Justice Mims will lecture on each of the six dimensions of wellness.

In August 2017, the ABA National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which included Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, issued a report entitled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.” In the report, the Task Force noted:

To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. Sadly, our profession is falling short when it comes to well-being. … [T]he current state of lawyers’ health cannot support a profession dedicated to client service and dependent on the public trust.

In MCLE Opinion 19, the MCLE Board “emphasize[d] that programs promoting lawyer well-being may be approvable for CLE credit, so long as other requirements applicable to all CLE programs are met” and then went on to provide some examples of topics approvable for CLE credit. This course specifically focuses on the following topics mentioned in MCLE Opinion 19: Substance abuse, Mental health disorders, Stress, sources of stress, recognizing stress, the effects of stress, minimizing stress, and stress avoidance, Work/life balance, Navigating the practice of law in a healthy manner, Cognitive impairment, Burnout, Depression, Promotion of civility in the profession, Promotion of mentoring, Promotion of lawyer autonomy and control over lawyers’ schedules and lives, Enhancement of optimism, Promotion of resilience, and Promotion of diversity in the profession.

Working from the following operational definitions of wellness:

Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life through positive habits such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and routine check-ups, while avoiding destructive behaviors such as drug abuse, excessive alcohol consumption, and the like;

Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with life’s challenges, including acknowledging feelings of anger, fear, sadness, or stress;

Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives, including developing congruency between our values and our actions;

Social Wellness includes our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends, and co-workers;

Intellectual Wellness is the ability to learn new concepts, improve skills, and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning; and

Occupational Wellness is the ability to receive personal fulfillment in our careers by making a positive impact on the organizations we work in our communities.

This program will define the six dimensions of wellness and explore why each facet is critical to the well-being of attorney.

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Justice William C. Mims
became a member of the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2010. From 1992 until 2010, he served successively as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate, and as Chief Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General of Virginia.  

Justice Mims grew up in Harrisonburg, and was educated in the Harrisonburg public schools. He received a degree in History from the College of William and Mary, where he also did graduate work in Public Administration. He has law degrees from George Washington University and Georgetown University.

During his years in the General Assembly, Justice Mims worked as an attorney in Leesburg. Prior to practicing law he served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Frank Wolf and as Deputy Legislative Director to Senator Paul Trible. He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University from 2002 through 2005. He presently serves as an elder of his church, and on the board of the John Marshall Foundation.

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