Vicarious Trauma and the Practice of Law
This one day interactive professional development training in vicarious trauma for legal and justice personnel, working with people impacted by trauma, explores the nature of vicarious trauma and burnout and supports you, professionally and personally, to keep safe, healthy and resilient.
While the risk of vicarious trauma is widely acknowledged in health and mental health service provision, it is much less so in the law and judiciary. Yet, just as post-traumatic stress disorder can be perceived as a normal reaction to an abnormal event, so too can vicarious trauma be understood as a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic material. Logically therefore the large number of lawyers and diverse legal and justice personnel who are or will be exposed to traumatic material will also beat risk of vicarious trauma.
The risks and negative impact of vicarious trauma can be mitigated. By attending this training you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, tools and insights to better recognise the early signs of vicarious trauma, understand its dimensions, dynamics and risks, and engage in a range of protective strategies to minimise the risks individually, professionally and organisationally. You’ll spend time and be supported to develop your own wellness plan and you will take home the tools and resources to follow your plan thereby contributing to your professional resilience.
At the session’s completion participants will be better able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of trauma – types, prevalence, impacts, adaptive responses and the potential for healing
- Define vicarious trauma and differentiate it from burnout
- Recognise the relevance of vicarious trauma to legal practice and identify the areas of law to which it can apply
- Identify the symptoms, signs, effects and various forms of vicarious trauma
- Demonstrate knowledge of the protective factors and risks around vicarious trauma for individuals and organisations in legal practice
- Demonstrate knowledge of the impacts of stress on the brain and body, including the significance of neuroplasticity
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of trauma-informed practice and its implementation to improve well-being for staff and clients
- Demonstrate practical steps to help minimise the risks of vicarious trauma for staff, practitioners and legal practices
- Maintain professional resilience by developing your own personal wellness plan and taking home the tools to follow your plan
Please note: this training is also available in a half day format. The half day format presents the knowledge base around vicarious trauma but does not provide as much opportunity to build tools and practical strategies to minimise the risks. The above description relates to the full-day’s training.
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