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2019 Vicarious Trauma: how not to catch it!
Thursday 24 October 2019, 12:30pm - 02:00pm

Managing Vicarious Trauma via Reflective Listening

Venue:  Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin 
Cost:  $148.50 inc. GST 
Level:  Suitable for all levels of legal practice 

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People are exposed to traumatic stories and events in everyday life. Some professionals, including those in law, can have increased exposure to stories and images which are horrible, confronting and/or emotionally challenging.

A single exposure to a traumatic story may not impact the person hearing it; however, over time, and with multiple stories layering over each other, it can be harder to hear these without taking on the emotions of the person affected. The impact of this can include sleep disturbances, emotional disruption, impacts on professional and personal life, changes in daily functioning and professional burnout. Learning strategies to assist with protecting yourself from the emotional impact of other people’s stories is important to survive and remain connected to people in their time of need.

This workshop aims to give lawyers a greater understanding of vicarious trauma, its impact and some tools for reducing the risk of being impacted by vicarious trauma in our daily work.

Presenters: Jean Packham, Senior Counsellor and Janelle Coleman, Counsellor, Charles Darwin University

Jean Packham - Msw, Bsw, Grad Dip Grief Loss Bereavement and Trauma, Certificate in Advanced Professional Supervision
Jean has been the Senior Counsellor at CDU since 2009, following 5 years as a Social Work Lecturer. Her professional background includes working at Catholic Care NT and Anglicare WA, as well as in remote areas of the NT and WA. Jean has worked with adult survivors of domestic violence and childhood sexual assault.

Janelle Coleman – BSW, BMus, Grad Dip Couples and Relationships, Grad Cert Developmental Trauma, Grad Dip Sexology (current)
Janelle completed her Social Work studies in 1997 and has worked in Darwin in a range of roles, including non-government, NT Government and federal government. Her specialisations include working with people with disabilities, military personnel and their families, and child protection.

Earn 1.5 CPD points in Practice management and business skills (CB) 

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