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Whole Brain Ethical Decision-Making

This accredited CLE explores the connection between attorney well-being, decisions, and actions.

Regenerative Lawyering

Debra Fortenberry, lawyer, and Dr. Sandra Thebaud, psychologist, envision a legal system anchored in meaningful relationship and honorable purpose. Debra and Sandra offer experiential trainings to develop and expand skills essential to lawyer well-being. Trainings focus on cultivating connection with aspects of the brain that value deep listening, conflict de-escalation, generative communications, and self-awareness. Each training connects the lawyer more deeply into the whole brain consciousness of skillful advocacy and wise counsel.

Working in ubiquitous conflict is stressful.  Trainings include practices and strategies for reducing stress, participating respectfully in relationships, and creating a work climate that is life affirming.  Debra, Sandra and the Wellness Matters Consulting team train and support lawyers so their actions are congruent with their beneficial intentions.

About The Founders

Debra Fortenberry, Esq

In her three decades as a trial lawyer in service to over a thousand clients, Debra Fortenberry is a highly regarded advocate and trusted advisor to businesses, nonprofits, families, and individuals.  She attributes her success to skills and practices that expand her capacity to listen deeply during difficult exchanges and communicate in ways that stay true to a path through and beyond conflict.  The medical community’s growing understanding that intentional connectedness with the right hemisphere of the brain may support beneficial and ethical conduct, as discussed by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor in her book Whole Brain Living, informs Debra’s approach to lawyer wellbeing.

Debra offers experiential trainings that steward lawyers and law students into skills and strategies that will support their wellbeing and alignment with their beneficial intentions. Her work with Wellness Matters Consulting P.B.C. contributes to a legal system anchored in meaningful relationship and honorable purpose.

Sandra Thébaud, PhD

Over the past 20 years as a Psychologist, Sandra has discovered that having the life you want starts with embodying the right knowledge and skills. Sandra began her career as a Navy Psychologist and consultant to the Marine Corps’ 1st Special Forces Group. It was during her first year in the Navy that Sandra was tasked with teaching stress management to the medical staff. After doing much research, she presented on stress management and was asked to do so several times afterwards. Realizing how little the medical staff understood stress and its effects on health and happiness, Sandra began facilitating groups for her active-duty patients on stress management as well. After serving her country, Sandra worked as a Behavioral Medicine Specialist and Hospital Psychologist for Kaiser Permanente while remaining on inactive duty for seven more years. She is a co-creator of the Wellness Matters Consulting programs, author, speaker and experienced consultant on organizational wellness.  


Leading From the Emerging Future

A course of study offered by MITx, an online learning initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Meaningful Relationship
Honorable Purpose