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Sponsored by the Idaho State Bar Lawyers' Assistance Program
Program Made Possible by a Grant from the Idaho State Liquor Division
1.0 Ethics credit
The Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct state:
“As a representative of clients, a lawyer performs various functions. As advisor, a lawyer provides a client with an informed understanding of the client’s legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. As advocate, a lawyer zealously asserts the client’s position under the rules of the adversary system. As negotiator, a lawyer seeks a result advantageous to the client but consistent with requirements of honest dealings with others. As an evaluator, a lawyer acts by examining a client’s legal affairs and reporting about them to the client or to others.”
As an attorney, the role often requires an attorney to deal with victims of trauma of all types. In turn, this work can take affect the attorney’s own psyche as vicarious trauma which can affect the ability of an attorney to remain competent under IRCP Rule 1.1.
This program will focus on how to help law firms and lawyers recognize the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma both at the practitioner level and organizationally; and create cultures of resilience and wellness. Many of us struggle with how to take care of ourselves when working with traumatized clients in systems affected by trauma. To be most effective, interventions must act on the level of the individual and the organization. Strategies shared in this program include Engagement Groups, Trauma Stewardship Reading Groups and the organizational Sanctuary Model.
This course is available at no cost to all. If you are not a member of the Idaho State Bar, you will have to register for a free account to watch this course. Please use the bar number 0000 when prompted to enter a number.