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BarCare and Resilience at the Bar Print E-mail

barcare_intro.jpgRecently, we were fortunate to have psychologist, Hanne Paust, speak to members about resilience at the Bar. The seminar focussed on what resilience means in the context of being a barrister and how we can all improve it.

For those members who did not attend the seminar, either in person or online, it is available for viewing via the Bar Association’s CPD online library. The time invested in viewing this presentation will be rewarded with relevant knowledge that may have long-term benefits to your wellbeing and practice. I recommend it to all members.

Resilience was defined in the seminar as “the ability to respond positively to adversity.” One might think of resilience, in this regard, as a set of skills that is to be developed each day (on a continuing basis). By using the right tools, and being aware of the relevant triggers, we can develop the skills to improve how we respond to adversity on the job.

The BarCare Committee is focussed on and committed to assisting members of the Bar Association in improving their resilience. In this regard, BarCare has a number of initiatives targeted to achieving this goal, which include offering regular CPD sessions on mental health and wellbeing to members.

One of the lesser-known initiatives of BarCare offers direct access to psychologists, for any member who may need such assistance. Each Bar Association member is entitled to avail themselves of 3 consultations each year at no cost with any one of the psychologists included on the Association’s panel.

The service is entirely confidential. You will not speak with anyone from the Bar Association to organise your appointment. You simply contact the relevant psychologist directly, informing them that you are a member of the Bar Association. They will invoice the Bar Association directly, without referring to you at all, and the Bar Association will cover the cost of 3 consultations in any given year.

It is a service that could significantly improve the wellbeing of any member who feels they may need some assistance. Details of the panel of psychologists and how to utilise this service can be found on the BarCare page, which is available on the Bar Association’s website once you have logged on to your member homepage.

Finally, BarCare is also presently in the process of putting together an online “hub”, which is intended to be a comprehensive resource for Bar Association members on matters concerning mental health and wellbeing. More information about the BarCare Hub will be available to members in the near future.

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