LABC hosted a one-hour webinar on June 2, 2021, about the effects of trauma and best practices for communicating with clients. Presenter Dr. Lori Vitale Cox discussed the effects of trauma, resilience and protective factors, while introducing attendees to approaches for communicating with clients before and during court. To watch the webinar, visit this link on LABC’s YouTube channel.
About the webinar
An understanding of the effects of adversity and trauma on an individual’s way of experiencing and responding to their environment can support you when assisting clients. Adopting a trauma-informed approach helps address the revolving door syndrome many individuals experience in the justice system.
Trauma affects mental and physical health, and individuals who have experienced trauma often have high levels of anxiety. This can negatively affect communication and behaviour.
Many people who become involved with the criminal justice system have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences including family dysfunction and addictions, food insecurity, family separations, early life trauma and various forms of abuse. They often also experience social and economic adversity, housing challenges, homelessness and poverty. There is growing evidence that pre-natal and generational stressors can also affect an individual’s behaviour.
Watch the video by December 31, 2021, to claim one hour of CPD with the Law Society of BC. Search the Law Society's course directory for Trauma-Informed Approach to claim the hour. The presentation is also available in PDF format.