Managing Vicarious Trauma for the Legal and Justice Sectors
This one-day interactive professional development training for legal and justice personnel acknowledges the significant risk of vicarious trauma (VT) and burnout in daily practice and distinguishes between them. In so doing it supports you, professionally and personally, to stay safe, healthy and resilient. Vicarious trauma is a normal reaction to repeated exposure to traumatic material and/or stories, and the practice of law often intersects with clients who have experiences of trauma.
This training, informed by current research, provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to better recognise the early signs of VT and intervene accordingly. Through understanding its dimensions, dynamics and risks, you will be able to engage in protective strategies, individually, professionally and organisationally.
You will also be supported to develop your own wellness plan to enhance your professional resilience.
Material presented in the training is comprehensive, and additionally draws on the research based on Blue Knot Foundation's Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts.
By participating in this professional development training, participants will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of trauma, its impacts, stress response, survivor coping strategies and possibilities for recovery
- Define Vicarious Trauma, its development, risk and protective factors, resilience, barriers to identifying it, and distinguish vicarious trauma from other stress experiences
- Identify the relevance of vicarious trauma to legal practice, the areas of law to which it applies, and risk and protective factors for individual/organisational legal practice
Using best practice approaches and the principles of trauma-informed care, delineate the steps to minimise the risks of vicarious trauma for staff, practitioners and practices, maintain professional resilience; conduct a personal wellness assessment and take home tools to develop a wellness plan