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Policy Statement on Stress Management Courses

The following policy statement on stress management was established by the Commission on Continuing Legal Education at its meeting on March 7, 2002. Please contact Margot Millar, Executive Director, with any questions, at (302) 577-7040 or

The Commission will consider substantive credit for stress management courses which focus on developing awareness of stress and stress-related problems in the practice of law, including, but not limited to: depression, substance abuse awareness, personality profiles susceptible to stress, recognizing signs of stress in oneself or one's colleagues, and instituting policies within the firm for dealing with stress-impaired attorneys. The Commission will not approve such courses for Enhanced Ethics credit unless the focus of the program deals specifically with ethical rules or guidelines jeopardized or violated by stress-related problems in the practice of law. Stress management courses must be taught by qualified professionals, geared toward attorneys or judges, and consist of 120 minutes of instruction or less. Credit will not be given to courses which instruct attorneys on stress reduction techniques, such as breathing exercises, meditation, counseling options, or reevaluating personal decisions of the attorney.