Trauma Informed Lawyering: Building Resilience for Clients and Advocates (EDU230208)

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)


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Presented by the CT Bar Institute

About the Program

The training will provide an overview of trauma and the essential elements of trauma-informed care, including work-related stress stemming from exposure to trauma: burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and vicarious trauma. The Adverse Childhood Experiences study will be discussed, and participants will explore how trauma may be at the center of an individual’s work and/or personal problems, mental health challenges, substance use, physical health issues and/or criminal justice involvement.

The second part of the training will build on shared language around trauma and the physiology of traumatic responses to develop an understanding of how trauma manifests in legal cases, how attorneys and legal advocates can incorporate trauma-informed care into their practice, why this leads to more effective advocacy, and how to create trauma-informed work cultures from the top down.

You Will Learn

  • Common language for understanding trauma and its effects
  • About the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and its influence
  • About the human stress response and the spectrum of the helpers' experience
  • How to identify the ways trauma may show up in legal cases
  • How to incorporate tenants of trauma-informed care into the attorney-client relationship
  • Why trauma-informed lawyering makes us more effective advocates
  • How to develop practical self-care tools

Who Should Attend

This training is geared towards attorneys and staff providing legal services to trauma survivors (including, but not limited to, representation in immigration, family, criminal, and civil matters).


Includes electronic materials*

Member $50
Student Member $20

Non-Member $100


MPC head shot1 Maura Crossin
Victim Rights Law Center, Boston, MA

KR Photo1 Keighly Rector
Catholic Charities Community Services, New York, NY

CLE Credit

CT: 2.5 CLE Credits (General)
NY: 3.0 CLE Credits (AOP)
The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for newly admitted and experienced attorneys CLE credits. 

Attorneys seeking NY CLE credit who have been admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less must attend the live seminar for skills or ethics credit, a fully interactive videoconference, or simultaneous transmission with synchronous interactivity. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credits are only available as non-transitional credits. For further information please see the page on CLE:

If the seminar is recorded, all member registrants will receive complimentary access to the recording approximately six weeks after the program. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been sent. Cancellations made less than 2 business days prior to event are non-refundable.

Closed captioning will be available during the seminar presentation for virtual attendees.


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