There are a number of terms often used to describe this experience: burnout, secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, the cost of caring, or the trauma exposure response. These conditions all relate to the cumulative toll that results from working with traumatized individuals over time in a system that further traumatizes individuals.
This is a 2-part CLE offered over two weeks. In part I, defenders will learn about trauma and PTSD, including how to talk about trauma with clients, as well as practical and strategic/legal considerations for the criminal or other legal cases.
In part II, defenders will learn about the effects of secondary trauma and how it impacts both legal professionals and system-wide delivery of legal services. Defenders will learn about a significant research study of the well-being of public defenders in Wisconsin and the steps that Wisconsin defenders implemented following the study. This presentation will also cover tips and coping skills for managing emotional well-being while working in a high stress environment serving individuals impacted by trauma. Attendees will learn strategies to reduce stress, observe and manage their emotional well-being, including knowing when to seek support and where to turn for resources when help is needed.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Trauma” in the subject line. You will be automatically be registered for both sessions. 1.0 Ethics credit has been requested from the WSBA for each session.