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Help for the Helper: The Effects of Trauma and Compassion Fatigue on the Lawyer Who Cares



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Many of us were attracted to the legal profession because we care about people and want to help them.
 
Attorneys hopefully recognize that, unlike many other professionals, their lives are already filled to the brim with anxiety and stress. The consequences of shrugging it off can be catastrophic. One of those consequences that we often hear about is burnout.
 
And then there’s a special type of burnout called “secondary traumatic stress” or “compassion fatigue”. The ramifications of trauma and compassion fatigue aren’t discussed as frequently as those of stress and burnout thus, for many attorneys, they are topics in need of attention. 
 
Secondary or vicarious trauma can be the cumulative effect of listening to a client or witness relay stressful, often graphic, stories and experiences. When we examine it more closely, we realize it is a part of many practice areas. Those who experience compassion fatigue tend to take on the pain, suffering and burdens of the people they are helping. It is an exhaustion that is felt physically, emotionally, or mentally and can affect numerous areas of your life, often leaving you feeling numb.
 
Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction, and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that 1 out of 3 attorneys will likely have a need for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers. 
 
Mr. Quinn will discuss: 
 
1. The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on stress, burnout, trauma and compassion fatigue.
2. The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.
3. A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need will be provided.
4. The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.
5. How best to approach the impaired individual.

Brian S. Quinn, Esq. is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania who currently serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc., a Lawyers Assistance Program established in 1988 for the purpose of helping lawyers, judges and law students recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders.
 
Mr. Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973 and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counselling in 2012, from Villanova University.  A member of the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations, he has been a private practitioner for over 45 years, having litigated both civil and criminal matters during his career.
 
Mr. Quinn also worked in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counseling in suburban Philadelphia from 2011 to 2017, allowing him to gain both practical and clinical experience with individuals suffering from alcohol, substance use and mental health disorders.
 
Mr. Quinn is a past member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania and served as a peer volunteer for over six years prior to accepting his current role as the organization's Educator in 2017. He has written articles and made presentations on many lawyer wellness topics to law firms, Bar Associations, professional organizations and legal education providers on a state, national and international level.




Practice Areas: Substance Abuse & Mental Illness Awareness
Online Media Type: Video
Production Date: 07/15/2024 12:00 PM EDT
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live
Course Type: Public

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Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: 07/14/2025
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