Self Care and Vicarious Trauma for Immigration Legal Professionals

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Offered in Partnership with ILPA and co created with Claiming Space, this workshop explores the implications of vicarious trauma on the professional and aims to raise awareness and reduce risk when working with individuals who have experiences serious trauma.

 

Facilitators by region:

London

  • Jennifer TODD – Freedom from Torture Legal and welfare adviser
  • Fenik ADHAM – Freedom from Torture Psychological therapist

Manchester

  • Rachel Francis – barrister practising in immigration and family law and founder of Claiming Space
  • Audur Gudmundsdottir – Freedom from Torture Psychological therapist

Birmingham

  • Beate DASARATHY – Medico Legal Reports officer
  • Fran PIERRE – Freedom from Torture Psychological therapist

Overall aims and objectives of this training

Aim of the session   

To provide immigration legal practitioners with the knowledge and strategies to better manage the personal impact of working with severely traumatised clients, including survivors of torture.

Learning objectives  

By the end of the session, the participants should be able to…

  • Define vicarious trauma
  • Identify factors that put one at risk of experiencing vicarious trauma
  • Describe systemic influences and how these relate to the individual’s experience of VT
  • Reflect upon personal levels of VT
  • Identify the physical, psychological and social aspects of VT
  • Explore individual approaches that can be included in a personal self-care plan
  • Reflect upon risk factors for VT in the workplace and explore organisational approaches to mitigate risk and enable support 

Reason for training 

  • To give Immigration law practitioners an insight into self-care and vicarious traumatisation
  • To support Immigration law practitioners to feel more confident in identifying, and acting on indicators of this type of traumatisation

In order to understand indivudual needs, we're asking all participants to fill out a pre- training survey.

Pre-Training Survey

Reason for training 

  • To give Immigration law practitioners an insight into self-care and vicarious traumatisation
  • To support Immigration law practitioners to feel more confident in identifying, and acting on indicators of this type of traumatisation

Note to participants: Key messages

We want to share some key messages and be transparent about what this training workshop includes (and cannot include)

  • Everyone is at risk regardless of profession or experience (no one is immune).
  • It is not a weakness to be impacted, it is a normal reaction as an empathetic human when working with trauma.
  • This is a Training session: We cannot provide therapy or clinical supervision
  • This workshop is the beginning of a self-care journey. We will explore with you what factors put one at risk of Vicarious Trauma, reflect on personal levels and review a range of preliminary self-care practices to start the process of wellbeing in the workplace. However, It is important to keep in mind that KNOWING what impacts a person and what increases the risks of VT does not in itself reduce VT.
    • Self Care is an on ongoing process that requires time and commitment: Legal practitioners need to be pro-active, prioritise Self-Care in your life and take action. This will have to be actioned AFTER the training as part of an ongoing process.
  • We do not include (within this training) how to reduce or mitigate stress/trauma responses within your clients. This is a self-care programme for legal practitioners working with traumatised clients and trauma material.

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