Ethical Considerations when Navigating Trauma in an Attorney-Client Relationship

  • Jun 16, 2021 - 12 pm to 1:30 pm

This advanced training will provide attorneys with a deeper understanding of the ethical considerations they should take into account when working with clients who are experiencing trauma. A brief overview of the neurobiology of trauma will be provided, but the emphasis of this training is on developing skills to provide effective and ethical representation to clients with trauma. Topics will include setting and maintaining boundaries, communication considerations, responding to client emotions, victim-centered representation, and how to present challenging information in a trauma-informed manner. We will also discuss the impact of vicarious trauma. 

After this training, attorneys will be better able to recognize these client behaviors as symptoms of trauma, rather than antagonistic choices of a client, and have additional tools to address those behaviors. Through this training, an attorney will be able to identify this trauma symptom as such and be better equipped to competently and diligently represent a client facing these challenges, rather than identify the client as a challenge themselves. Attorneys attending this training will learn concrete skills on how to proactively manage the impact of working with victims and decrease the risk of their own burnout. 

This training is geared specifically designed to build on the information learned in the Trauma-Informed Legal Services webinar presented by RMvlc each quarter.

* 2 General, 1.8 Ethics CLE Credits * 

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