Webxtra: The Toll of Trauma
The cumulative physical, emotional, and psychological effects resulting from continual exposure to others' traumatic experience – compassion fatigue – can put lawyers at risk. In this video, Deb Smith, SPD director of assigned counsel, and Linda Albert, State Bar WisLAP coordinator, discuss a groundbreaking study of State Public Defender attorneys. This study examines the impact of secondary trauma on lawyers who are continually exposed to others' traumatic experiences.
Deborah M. Smith