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Understanding and Accounting for the Most Common Trauma-Related Issues Facing Judges, Juries and Attorneys

Total Credits: 3.0 CLE, 3.0 Ethics

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Original Program Date:
Jun 18, 2021


Judges, juries and attorneys regularly report that trauma is one of the most challenging issues to clearly understand and manage. Trauma occurs along a spectrum, and trauma diagnoses only capture a part of the diverse ways trauma affects the legal system. Judges, attorneys, victims, witnesses and evaluators often have their own trauma histories that greatly affect their perceptions and decision-making. How do we navigate this complex landscape of traumas as court professionals and trauma evaluators? How do we ensure that trauma is considered equitably and inclusively?

What You’ll Learn:

  • That trauma may be understood categorically by a diagnosis, or dimensionally by factors that together do not meet diagnostic criteria but affect functional impairment
  • How to recognize when historical trauma or secondary traumatic stress (STS) has affected their own behavior and decision-making, including their compliance with the Code of Professional Responsibility
  • The best techniques to help those affected by trauma feel safe and comfortable reporting their experiences
  • How to create a legal environment that is trauma-responsive while ensuring procedural fairness and due process.

Dr. Thomas M. Brunner, Ph.D.,Dr. Brunner & Associates, Inc

Dr. Thomas M. Brunner, Ph.D., Dr. Brunner & Associates, Inc
Hon. Karen S. Adam, Pima County Superior Court (ret.)
J.M. Stanlee West Watt, West-Watt Law PLC