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Emotional & Social Intelligence for Lawyer Competence and Well-being

Accredited for California Participatory MCLE on Competence Issues

The epidemic of stress and burnout is affecting every sector of our society, but even more so the legal profession. A study by the American Bar Association found that over 25% of lawyers suffer from depression, 21% have a drinking problem and 19% experience anxiety.


This course identifies major mental disorders and their manifestations in the legal profession, which can impair decision-making, problem-solving, risk management and general day-to-day functioning, making clients, people and businesses vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problems. 


Drawing upon contemporary neuro, physiological and social sciences, the course also provides fundamental education on emotional and social intelligence, which serves both to detect and prevent mental health issues and to cultivate well-being, boosting legal professional competence and performance.


It sheds light on the inner workings of the emotional brain, and teaches frameworks and practical techniques to boost emotional and social wellness. Through a combination of lecture, exercises and experiential activities, it engages participants to develop their own actionable strategies to incorporate the learnings in daily life, for emotional regulation, mind/body rejuvenation, and an improved relationship with both oneself and others, as well as sustainable productivity and personal growth. 

Understanding and managing the self


  • Self-awareness as a life skill

  • Recognizing and regulating emotions

  • Direct experience - senses, mindfulness and emotional wellbeing

  • Emotional factors in decision-making 

Understanding and relating with others

  • Key ingredients of social intelligence

  • Threat vs. reward in social interactions

  • Causes of conflicts and strategies for resolution

  • Authentic and effective communication 

... with somatic exercises.

John R. Wierzbicki, Esq.


Witkin Legal Institute,

San Francisco

Easily one of the best social and emotional intelligence training courses for professionals and lawyers available. BeiBei Song engagingly instructs on the science of emotional and social intelligence and provides tools to help change how we understand ourselves, and how we interact with others.

Upcoming sessions:

Thursday, January 27th

3:00 - 4:00 pm PST

Saturday, January 29th

10:00 - 11:00 am PST


The course as offered by legal professionals organizations:


Video introduction for the course in the Shelter-In-Place Institute program by California Lawyers Association IP Law Section, 2020

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