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Trauma Informed Approaches and Secondary Trauma 2.50 Credits

Trauma Informed Approaches and Secondary Trauma (June 2019)


In this two-part seminar, explore trauma informed practices designed to create a more holistic experience of the legal system and strategies to minimize the harms of secondary trauma you may experience in the practice of law.

Public Service Price*: FREE

Original Program Date: June 15, 2019
Product Code: 19563-0UMB

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This on-demand session was presented as part of the live seminar and webcast, 20th Access to Justice Conference: Amplifying the Power of Community, recorded on June 14-16, 2019, in Seattle, WA. If you attended the live seminar or webcast and reported CLE credits, you cannot also report credits from watching or listening to this recording.

Part One: From Bar to the Bench: Trauma Informed Approaches
This session is comprised of two sections. The first section, presented by Claire Carden, Northwest Justice Project Spokane, and a representative from the YWCA, Spokane, speak to limitations in the legal system and how to set appropriate expectations for those seeking justice. The second section, presented by Judge Aimee Maurer, Mental Health Therapeutic Court, and Judge Mary Logan, Community Court, identify practices resulting in a more holistic experience of the legal system.

Claire Carden – Northwest Justice Project, Spokane, WA
Kelsey Kittleson – YWCA, Spokane, WA
Judge Aimee Maurer – Spokane County District Court, Spokane, WA
Judge Mary Logan – Spokane Municipal Court, Spokane, WA

Part Two: The Dangers of Practicing Law
Practicing law is hazardous to your health. Lawyers have the highest rates of alcohol and substance abuse of any profession. We also suffer from higher rates of mental illness and suicide than doctors, dentists and the general public. Yet when we entered law school, our rates of substance abuse and mental illness were lower than the general population. What if our jobs are making us sick? These hazards can be heightened when you work in legal aid or representing survivors of crime. After examining the hazards of legal practice and secondary trauma, we shift into an open discussion about what the dangers of practicing law are and how to identify them in your practice. We then explore strategies to minimize these harms and counterbalance them.

Claire Carden – Northwest Justice Project, Spokane, WA
Philip Buri – Buri Funston Mumford & Furlong, PLLC, Bellingham, WA
Erin Williams Heuter – Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Spokane, WA

*Public Service Pricing Eligibility: WSBA offers free CLE courses to support volunteers who provide pro bono and public services through a Qualified Legal Services Provider or a WSBA Public Service Program, such as the Moderate Means Program and the Call to Duty Initiative. However, to qualify for the discounted public service rate, you must be authenticated as a volunteer. Contact to learn how to become authenticated and access this training or others for free.

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