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We need to equip lawyers with better trauma-informed legal skills

By Aruba Mustafa August 27, 2018 27 August 2018

We need to equip lawyers with better trauma-informed legal skills

 

How clients react to emotional trauma is complex and difficult to predict. It is why representing clients who are experiencing trauma is always challenging at best. The danger, however, is that without proper training, it can be psychologically harmful to the client or lawyer, or both.

Fortunately, “trauma-informed lawyering” is an approach to providing legal services that involves recognizing, understanding and accommodating a client’s trauma, and the impact it can have on the lawyer. It’s an approach that individual lawyers can integrate into their practice. 

Doing so within an organization that also adopts a trauma-informed approach produces even better results.

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