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“How Do You Do This All Day?”: Tools for Attorneys in High-Trauma Fields
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Attorneys can pay an emotional price for doing the work that they do. Attorneys hear difficult stories from clients daily and are frequently exposed to traumatic details. Apathy, isolation, bottled-up emotions and substance abuse can be symptoms of compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma. Most attorneys are not taught in law school how to detach from their clients stories in a healthy manner to protect themselves.

5/5/2016
When: Thursday, May 5, 2016
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Hruska Law Center, 1st Floor Conf. Room
635 S 14th St.
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
United States

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MCLE Accreditation
*Nebraska MCLE #121484. Iowa MCLE #218875. 2 CLE ethics hours. (Regular/Live credit)

Live attendees: Bring your own lunch, or we will provide lunch for $10

Registration Options
$120 - Regular Registration
FREE - I paid 2016 NSBA dues and would like to claim my 2 free ethics credits
$90 - (25% discounted price for NSBA dues-paying members) (I have already claimed my 2 free ethics credits)
$10 - Law Students

Optional Fees
$10 - I am attending the seminar and would like a lunch provided to me.

NSBA Dues Paying Members: If you have paid your 2016 dues you can claim your two free Ethics hours for 2016 by using the code ethics2016. Be sure to click the "Apply" button to ensure the discount is applied. If you are unsure if you paid dues to the NSBA, please contact the NSBA offices at (402) 475-7091.


Attorneys can pay an emotional price for doing the work that they do. Attorneys hear difficult stories from clients daily and are frequently exposed to traumatic details. Apathy, isolation, bottled-up emotions and substance abuse can be symptoms of compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma. Most attorneys are not taught in law school how to detach from their clients stories in a healthy manner to protect themselves from absorbing the stories they hear as their own, while also maintaining zealous advocacy for their clients.

Compassion fatigue, which has been called “a disorder that affects those who do their work well” (Figley, 1995) and is also known as secondary traumatic stress, is “experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper” (Dr. Charles Figley, Tulane Traumatology Institute).

Vicarious trauma is defined as “a transformation in the helper’s inner sense of identity and existence that results from utilizing controlled empathy when listening to clients’ trauma-content narratives” (Vicarious Trauma Institute).

Attendees of this 2-hour workshop will improve their understanding of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout effect, will be introduced to a low-impact debriefing tool they can use with clients and colleagues, and will walk away with tools for symptom recognition and self-care, which will allow them to not only lead happier, more successful lives, but also to be better attorneys for their clients.

Kay Glidden holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She received her Master of Science Degree in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Kay began her career in higher education, counseling and teaching college students for 13 years. For the last 18 years, she has worked in the Nebraska public behavioral health system as a supervisor, Human Resource Specialist and trainer. Kay received training as a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist from Compassion Fatigue Solutions, Inc., in March 2012. She is certified by the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.

Beth Reynolds Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Beth was a Protection and Safety Worker for 12 years with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and a Forensic Interviewer for the Family
Advocacy Network in Kearney for 4 years. For the last 10 years Beth has worked in the public behavioral health system in Nebraska. Beth is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist and is certified by the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. Beth is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

Kay and Beth have done this presentation for law enforcement, probation, and corrections professionals and at the Nebraska Juvenile Justice and Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association conferences. They also received training from
SAMSHA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses,” in 2012.  They are both certified trainers in Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid.

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