Secondary Trauma in the Legal Profession (12/09/20)
Trauma is increasingly at the front and center of our current cultural conversations surrounding mental health, and breaking down the science behind it can significantly boost our comprehension of how it functions in society. Lawyers frequently encounter trauma in the clients they represent, and absorption of that trauma can threaten the lawyer’s own mental health. In this seminar, we’ll dissect our understanding of how trauma functions in the brain, and how a client’s trauma often presents itself throughout the course of representation. There are no quick fixes when it comes to mental health, but we’ll also discuss methods lawyers can utilize to minimize the impact of secondary trauma on their own mental health, as well as methods to lessen the likelihood of re-traumatization for their client during legal proceedings.
Speaker: Anne Haag is a Practice Management Advisor at the Chicago Bar Association. Anne worked as a patent paralegal at a Chicago IP firm before arriving at the CBA in 2017 as the Law Practice Management and Technology department’s trainer/coordinator. She is also a certified crisis counselor and volunteers as a patient advocate in the ER.
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