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Seek help before crisis hits, lawyers told

Seek help before crisis hits, lawyers told

By Karin Derkley


Lawyers exposed to potentially traumatic material should take a leaf out of the book of medical professionals such as psychologists and psychiatrists and seek out proactive debriefing sessions. "Don't wait until you get to crisis point," lawyer, provisional psychologist and Judicial Wellbeing Project advisor from the Judicial College of Victoria, Carly Schrever told an LIV Lunch with the experts on managing vicarious trauma. "If you have been exposed, you have to deal with this proactively, by debriefing just as psychologists and psychiatrists do," she said. Victorian Legal Aid (VLA) chief counsel Tim Marsh said he had no warning before he was hit out of the blue by what he later recognised as vicarious trauma in response to a case where a father murdered his two young daughters.

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