Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion Fatigue Among Legal Professionals
A Free CLE Webinar
People often go to law school hoping to make the world a better place. Many lawyers pursue that goal – representing victims of domestic violence, defending those facing homelessness because of foreclosure, or assisting immigrants facing deportation, for example. Yet over time, this work can lead to compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is defined as the cumulative physical, emotional and psychological effects of being continually exposed to traumatic stories or events when working in a helping capacity. It has been studied extensively in social workers, nurses, doctors and therapists who work with victims of trauma. Recently researchers have begun to examine the impact upon legal professionals. This seminar will look at which legal professionals are most at risk, the development of compassion fatigue, the interface between attorney impairment and discipline and what individual and organizational measures can prevent and mitigate compassion fatigue.
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