J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Impairment at Work: Is My Coworker Really Crazy???


The Competence Issues CLE (formerly known as Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness) is always a challenging, and sometimes less-than-exciting CLE credit to obtain. Fortunately, for attendees at that 2016 JRCLS Annual Conference, Margaret Oak, Principle of The Mission Oak Group, gave a fascinating, practical and lively presentation to a packed audience entitled “Impairment at Work: Is My Coworker Really Crazy???”   


Drawing on her over twenty years of experience, Margaret gave instruction on ways to recognize mental, emotional and substance abuse impairment, including without limitation, recognizing signs of problems at work, physical health issues, neglected appearance, changes in behavior and mood, and sudden spending problems. She also highlighted various symptoms of problem use or addiction to sedatives, stimulants and opiates, and what we can do to help ourselves or those struggling with such issues. (Visit www.jrcls.org/annual_conf/conf.php#CLE for Margaret and other session/presentation materials.)


Margaret has a passion for helping families and individuals, which she has done in a professional capacity for over twenty years, and which came through unmistakably in her presentation. In this safe and sharing environment, members of the audience shared their experiences.


After earning her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Margaret began practicing therapy in a private not-for-profit group helping children, adolescents, young adults and women for nearly a decade. She regularly presented parenting and therapeutic workshops and classes to groups throughout the community and at national professional conferences. She next worked as a primary therapist for nearly a decade in a premier residential treatment center, working with adolescents and their families to resolve significant emotional and behavioral challenges. Her passion for working directly with families led her to begin private consultation, and she currently maintains a private therapeutic practice while consulting. She served in the Italy, Rome Mission and currently serves in her ward Relief Society Presidency and in the Newport Beach Temple. In her spare time, she loves to cook Italian food, travel, sing, kayak, read, teach, and spend time with her family.


We are grateful for her outstanding presentation and for being part of the 2016 JRCLS Annual Conference.



By: Rick Varner, Co-chair of the 2016 Conference Planning Committee



Posted: March 29, 2016

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