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When Helping Hurts: Sustaining Pro Bono Volunteers

Content Partner:  Pro Bono Institute
Price: $60.00*
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Description: This session will explore the mental health effects of high stress representation, such as domestic violence, child abuse, immigration, and death penalty advocacy. We’ll introduce the concept of “vicarious” trauma in pro bono volunteers, offer tips for those in need of our care, and identify strategies and resources for healing and treatment.
Denise Perme, Director of Lawyer Assistance Program, D.C. Bar
Denise J. Perme has been the Director of the District of Columbia Bar Lawyer Assistance Program since November 2006. Perme has more than 12 years experience in counseling and mental health, with a focus in substance abuse and employee assistance programs (EAPs). She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Trinity University and a master’s from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, with a concentration in occupational social work. Perme is licensed to practice clinical social work in Maryland and the District of Columbia and is certified by NAADAC/The Association for Addiction Professionals to work as a substance abuse professional, providing evaluations for individuals in the transportation industry who have violated U.S. Department of Transportation regulations regarding the use of illegal drugs and alcohol.
Perme has been trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing by Jeffrey Mitchell, the developer of the process, and is a certified trainer for the Myers-Briggs personality test. She has presented a variety of training and educational seminars to employees and managers in the public and private sectors while working with two national EAP providers.
Prior to joining the D.C. Bar, Perme was the clinical supervisor for First Advantage, a large national EAP and workplace services provider based in Rockville, Maryland, where she supervised a team of EAP counselors providing crisis and case management for different employers.
Kim Daulton, Director of Social Work, DC Children’s Law Center  
Kimberly leads the Social Work Project, a collaborative effort between Children’s Law Center’s social workers and attorneys, to further the best interests of clients through providing clinical assessment, strategic intervention, and recommendations on complex cases. In addition to overseeing a staff of four social workers, she consults and is an active team member on a myriad of family law cases, including child welfare, special education, and custody matters. She began as the first clinical social worker in the Guardian ad Litem Program in 2010. Prior to joining Children’s Law Center, Kimberly worked in therapeutic foster care in varying capacities, including case carrying social work, clinical supervision and foster parent training and recruitment. She has vast training and experience in community mental health, attachment based, and trauma focused therapies, and crisis prevention and intervention. Kimberly is clinically licensed in DC and MD. Kimberly is also a part-time family therapist and adoption home study worker.
Michael Howson, Associate General Counsel, Oath, Inc.
Michael has been with Oath Inc. (formally AOL) since 2007 and has served as a member of the Transactions team providing legal support for commercial agreements. He serves as co-chair of the Oath Pro Bono Committee as well as advises the board of the the Oath Foundation and other subsidiary boards. Prior to joining Oath, Michael served as the Vice President and General Manager of M2 Enterprises where he worked directly with a wide range of clients as Account Manager, helping to design creative solutions to meet clients’ needs including adjusting processes to align with client regulatory requirements.

Practice Areas: Law Practice Management , Substance Abuse & Mental Illness Awareness
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 12/17/2018 12:30 PM EST
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live

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Denise Perme - Director of Lawyer Assistance Program, D.C. Bar
Kim Daulton - Director of Social Work, DC Children's Law Center
Michael Howson - Associate General Counsel, Oath, Inc.
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