Public interest attorneys often work with clients who have endured traumatic events that impact their ability to work, go to school, attend appointments, comply with medical advice, and feel safe. By understanding trauma and how it presents in clients, attorneys can better respond to and advocate for their clients. Trauma-informed practices benefit all clients by eliciting more information, creating a more trusting relationship between attorney and client, and empowering clients following representation. This session provides practical tools for attorneys to provide trauma-informed services, to incorporate trauma-sensitive arguments into their practice, and to adapt their environment and systems to account for client trauma and attorney secondary trauma.
- Overview of the effects of trauma and its impact on low-income individuals
- Techniques to engage clients who have experienced trauma
- Adapting litigation strategies to meet the needs of clients experiencing trauma
This is a recording of a session from the 2017 Illinois Legal Advocates Conference held on Sept 7-8 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
- Lisa Parsons, Legal Council for Health Justice
- Sarah Hess. Legal Council for Health Justice
- Amanda Walsh. Legal Council for Health Justice
Updated: September 2017