Safeguarding Yourself: Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma in the Legal and Justice Sectors
This one-day interactive professional development training around vicarious trauma for legal and justice personnel explores the distinctions between vicarious trauma and burnout and supports you, professionally and personally, to stay safe, healthy and resilient.
Just as post-traumatic stress disorder can be perceived as a normal reaction to an abnormal ‘traumatic’ event, vicarious trauma is a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic material. A large percentage of clients who engage with the legal or justice system have been affected, often profoundly, by experiences of past and present trauma. These personnel, in being exposed to traumatic stories and material, are at risk of vicarious trauma.
The risks and negative impacts of vicarious trauma can however 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 protective strategies, individually, professionally and organisationally. You’ll also be supported to develop your own wellness plan to enhance your professional resilience.
By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its impacts, stress response, ‘adaptive’ responses to trauma and possibilities for recovery
- Define Vicarious Trauma (VT), its features, factors in its development and differentiate VT from burnout
- Identify the relevance of VT to legal practice, the areas of law to which it applies, and risk and protective factors for individual/organisational legal practice
- Articulate the principles and importance of trauma-informed practice to enhance client and personnel wellbeing
- Delineate the steps to minimise the risks of VT for staff, practitioners and practices, maintain professional resilience; conduct a personal wellness assessment and take home tools to develop a plan
Please note: this training is also available in a half day format. The half-day format, while informative, presents the course information in less detail and does not provide the opportunity to workshop concepts for practical application.
Material presented in the training will be comprehensive, and will draw on the research based on the Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts.
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