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LIV Wellbeing Program: A proactive approach to managing vicarious trauma and building resilience

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LIV Wellbeing Program: A proactive approach to managing vicarious trauma and building resilience

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Session 2: A proactive approach to managing vicarious trauma and building resilience – a trauma informed approach

Free and exclusive to LIV and Vic Bar members. Vic Bar members: Please reserve your place by emailing your details to or call 9607 9473.

This two part series on trauma and resilience explores how to practice in a trauma informed way for better experiences and outcomes for both clients and legal professionals. It is recommended that professionals attend both seminars.

This session will focus on the impacts of hearing/reading traumatic content on legal professionals and how to recognise signs of vicarious traumatisation. The aim is to help build awareness and resilience, both individually and within workplaces, through a trauma informed approach.  Participants will leave with concrete strategies for managing the impacts of the work that they do.

See information on Session 1 here.

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  • Learning outcomes:
    • Understand how exposure to client trauma can impact on legal professionals
    • Identify signs of vicarious traumatisation
    • Increase understanding of stress and how it relates vicarious traumatisation
    • Understand how organisations and individuals can create a trauma informed workplace culture that builds resilience and addresses vicarious traumatization appropriately
    • Develop a personalised resilience plan.
  • Feedback from previous seminar participants:

    “This is MUST DO training for lawyers”
    “Ursula was a wonderful speaker. Very engaging and motivational. An excellent seminar that is well worth doing”
    “I highly recommend this training. I came away with great coping strategies for VT. Very relatable and useful content”
    “This was an excellent workshop. So useful to understand early warning signs and symptoms of stress and strategies for building resilience”
    “This training was well worth it. So helpful to revisit VT and the importance of self care/resilience building and to acknowledge that VT is an organisational, professional and personal responsibility”
    “So clear that managing VT will have a positive effect in the workplace and in the work that lawyers do. Thank you”

  • Presenter:

    Ursula Benstead is a psychologist with over twenty five years’ experience in the field of trauma and vicarious traumatisation. For twenty years she has assisted many government and community legal services to build trauma informed workplaces that contribute to better client outcomes and greater employee wellbeing. She is well known for her expertise in complex trauma, sexual assault and family violence. Ursula is an experienced therapist, clinical supervisor, trainer and facilitator. More information about Ursula can be found on her website