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Addressing Vicarious Trauma: Practical Skills and Planning

Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Join the BBA for the second in a two-part series for pro bono and legal services attorneys on understanding vicarious trauma. This program will help attorneys build and practice skills for preventing and coping with the negative impact of working with traumatized clients. The focus will be on integrating trauma-informed principles, establishing professional boundaries and considering ways to strengthen team and organizational responses to vicarious trauma.  The program is best suited for those who were able to attend the introductory training, and/or who already have a basic working knowledge of what vicarious trauma is and how it manifests.
Vicarious trauma can arise as an occupational challenge for professionals in various fields working with trauma survivors, and can affect anyone from pro bono attorneys working on a single case to seasoned legal services lawyers.  We encourage our members to educate themselves about this topic, in order to increase wellbeing for themselves and their colleagues.

This program is made possible in part by the Boston Bar Foundation's Joan B. DiCola Fund. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please click here.

To learn more about the Court's efforts related to lawyer well-being, read the recently-released Report to the Justice by the SJC's Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being  here.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):




Douglas Newton


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