Psychological Survival Skills for New Lawyers


Cost for BPP PD Members: £223 + VAT 6 CPD Hours
(£445.00 + VAT for non BPP PD Members Click Here for details of our membership scheme).

SRA Competence

C, D


This course is suitable for trainee solicitors and those with up to 3 years PQE can benefit from attending this course because learning how to deal with potentially stressful situations early on in one’s career can increase confidence and optimise performance. Wherever possible, the course material is based on research studies, so that its concepts have empirical support, and delegates are given recommendations as to further reading which can help them to explore these concepts further.


This one-day course introduces delegates to evidence-based psychological concepts which can help them to survive and flourish when faced with the demands of the early years as a lawyer. As an interactive and practical course, it is designed to enable delegates to identify their own challenges, build on positive attributes and develop techniques to combat difficulties.

Course Content

Session 1: Pressure

How each individual perceives a situation influences the way in which it is experienced. This session helps you to:

  • Differentiate between positive and negative stressors
  • Understand how the brain’s early warning alarm system activates in response to a stressor
  • Identify types of stressors for you individually
  • Examine how you deal with them and how successful your methods are
  • Consider possible new ways of managing stressors based on empirical evidence

Session 2: Managing multiple supervisors and managing time

Conflicting demands are common stressors in the workplace which can cause anxiety and depletion of internal resources. This session helps you to:

  • Understand the interplay within the brain of two systems in planning, organisation and procrastination
  • Use practical techniques to help you set goals and manage deadlines
  • Appreciate the difference between aggressive, assertive and passive behaviour
  • Practice techniques to deal assertively with conflicting demands

Session 3: Resilience

Just as potentially stressful situations are perceived differently by individuals, their responses also differ. This session helps you to:

  • Understand the multiple features of resilience
  • Use effective cognitive and behavioural strategies to deal with negative stressors
  • Know how to exercise and increase your willpower
  • Learn how mindfulness techniques can help you focus on the present and manage your emotions

"A certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon request, following attendance."

Under the SRA’s new approach to continuing competence, solicitors are expected to use the Statement of Solicitor Competence to identify and address their learning and development needs. The competence statement requires the following competencies:
  • A - Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • B - Technical legal practice
  • C - Working with other people
  • D - Managing themselves and their own work
  • Course Dates

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    London 18 Jan 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 04 Feb 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    Manchester 14 Mar 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 26 Apr 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    Birmingham 31 May 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 18 Jun 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    Leeds 16 Jul 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 19 Aug 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 01 Oct 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    Manchester 14 Nov 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 16 Dec 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now

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