How Secondary Trauma Affects Attorney Mental Health

03 Aug , 2023

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Attorneys often represent trauma victims of abuse, crime or other adversity. Lawyers, staff and judges alike may be at high risk of developing compassion fatigue as they are exposed to emotionally charged stories and situations, as well as gruesome and disturbing evidence. Symptoms of vicarious trauma include burnout, PTSD, irritability, difficulties with sleep and concentration, as well as diminished pleasure and interest in activities.

Join Cindy Sharp and Becky Howlett for this timely educational webinar as they explore secondary trauma in the legal field. Case studies of legal professionals who have experienced the adverse effects of vicarious trauma are included. Certified Meditation Instructor and Attorney Becky Howlett will teach and lead mindfulness practices throughout this session.

Attendees will learn:

How to identify risk factors of secondary trauma

Common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma

Ethical Implications of secondary trauma: 

? Analysis of MRPC 1.1 – Competence

? MRPC 1.3 – Diligence

? MRPC 1.4 – Communication

? MRPC 8.4 -Misconduct

Specific steps you can take IMMEDIATELY to manage and avoid the ill effects of compassion fatigue

Strategies to implement a trauma-informed law practice

Tips on how to approach a colleague who is exhibiting “the signs”

How to use mindfulness tools to develop deeper awareness about secondary trauma and reduce stress

 

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