# 011401Preventing Substance Abuse - Why are Lawyers so Unhappy
Why are Lawyers so Unhappy
Speaker: Dr. Alex Y. Yufik
This presentation will focus on substance abuse and mental illness in the legal profession, as well as conditions which may result in an attorney's reduced ability to function psychologically, socially, occupationally or interpersonally. In addition, coping strategies and treatment solutions will also be discussed.
Dr. Alex Yufik is a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist and a licensed attorney. He obtained his law degree from Villanova University School of Law and his doctorate in clinical psychology from George Washington University in D.C. Dr. Yufik is employed by the State Bar of California as a Case Management Supervisor at the Lawyers Assistance Program, where he supervises other clinicians in the program and conducts evaluations of attorneys who require monitored recovery and treatment from substance abuse and/or mental illness. He also assists the State Bar Court and Office of Chief Trial Counsel regarding attorneys who face disciplinary proceedings and have mental health problems. In his private practice, Dr. Yufik sees patients, conducts forensic evaluations in criminal and civil cases such as, competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, sex offender evaluations, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and psychological injury.