Legal sector training - helping legal professionals


Research indicates that legal professionals  interacting with distressed clients who have experienced trauma are more susceptible to symptoms of vicarious traumatisation than mental health professionals or social workers (Levin & Greisberg, 2003).

This is thought to be because they are less informed about the impacts of trauma and the impacts of working with traumatised clients. It is also thought that higher case loads and the absence of suitable forums to address the impacts of the work contribute to this increased vulnerability (Levin & Greisberg, 2003).  Ursula’s training has helped hundreds of legal staff to feel more confident in managing challenging client presentations. It has also helped them to develop an understanding of the impacts of working with traumatised clients and to develop strategies to increase their resilience and take care of themselves in the work. Click here to see what past participants have said about Ursula’s training.



                             KNOW TO PRACTICE IN A TRAUMA INFORMED WAY.

       6 CPD points in professional skills apply.

  1. Understand how trauma can impact on client presentations.
  2. Identify and use Trauma Informed strategies for managing challenging client presentations.
  3. Understand how exposure to client trauma can impact on workers.
  4. Identify signs of Vicarious Traumatisation (VT) and understand how it relates to but is different from stress.
  5. Learn general principles for building resilience and managing VT.
  6. Develop a personalised Resilience Plan.

Workshop Outline:

TRAUMA & IMPACTS                    09.30 – 1.00

• What is Trauma Informed practice and why is it important

• Common mental health impacts of trauma

• How impacts play out in your work with clients

•Understanding revictimisation: The Shark Cage®

• How impacts play out in your work with clients:

  – Managing difficult client presentations using Trauma-Neuroscience priciples.Theory, demonstation and practice. 

LUNCH                                          1.00 – 1.30

VICARIOUS TRAUMA                   1.30 – 3.30

• Defining Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Traumatisation (VT) & Stress

• Why are signs of VT important for legal staff to understand?

• General principles for managing VT and stress

• Designing a personal Resilience Plan


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