Preserving Your Mental Health in the Wake of Client Trauma

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. 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.

Anne Haag
, CBA Law Practice Management Advisor. Anne is a former paralegal, specializing in patent law. Prior to that, she worked as a record buyer in the music industry. She is also a certified crisis counselor, and spends time volunteering as a patient advocate in the ER. 

Dr. Gail Petrich - As an attorney and psychologist, Dr. Petrich focuses her professional involvement in many area where family law and psychology overlap.  A former litigator, she now serves as a Parenting Coordinator, Mediator, and coach or child specialist in collaborative divorces.  Dr. Petrich has practiced law for over 30 years and psychology for over 20 years.  Her experience as a custody evaluator has provided a foundation for Parenting Coordination and mediation, both parenting and financial.  She has served as a board member and officer of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and board member of the Association of Family Courts and Conciliation, AFCC-Illinois Chapter.  With offices in Chicago, Oak Park, and Naperville, Dr. Petrich is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois Psychological Association, Association of Conflict Resolution, and Illinois State Bar Association. 

Tara Thomason, JD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced complex trauma. Ms. Thomason also specializes in providing treatment for professionals who are impacted by vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress. She provides training and consultation regarding the impact of trauma for professionals, most recently with advocates in the Cook and Lake County child welfare legal systems. She maintains a private practice in the West Loop and is an advanced doctoral student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.

Sarah Layden - Director of Programs and Public Policy at Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates) Since joining Resilience in 2008, Sarah has directly worked with and supervised the provision of advocacy services for nearly 6000 survivors and their loved ones. She has personally facilitated and ensured the training of nearly 8700 law enforcement officers and prosecutors on issues related to working with sexual assault and abuse survivors. In recognition of her work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence, Sarah was chosen as a recipient for the 2010 Cook County State’s Attorney Office Victim Services Award and has been featured on CBS and NBC local and national news. Sarah co-chairs the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Public Affairs Committee and is an active member of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault Advisory Group, as well as the Attorney Generals Task Force on Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Sex Crimes. She attended the University of Illinois in Chicago where she earned a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and is a current student at DePaul University College of Law.

Program cost:

CLE Advantage Member: $0
CBA Member: $30
CBA Government Member: $25
Non-member: $50

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12/12/2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The Chicago Bar Association 321 S Plymouth Court Chicago, IL 60604 UNITED STATES
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