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Managing Vicarious Trauma: Confronting the Elephant in the Room




Law Society of Tasmania

CPD Points



Law Society of Tasmania

28 Murray Street Hobart, TAS

Staffordshire House (videolink)

56 Charles Street Launceston, TAS

Rae & Partners Devonport (videolink)

13 Fenton Street Devonport, TAS

McLean McKenzie & Topfer (videolink)

41 Cattley Street Burnie, TAS

CPD Guide: 1 (PS, PM)

Registrations Now Open!

Whilst Tim Marsh, Chief Counsel, Victoria Legal Aid is in Hobart to join the Society at the Criminal Law Conference on Friday 1 March 2019 he will pop along to the Law Society at Murray Street and run a presentation on managing vicarious trauma for the legal practitioner.

We encourage you to get along to hear Tim speak on this topic while we have him in Tasmania!

Confronting the Elephant in the Room: how can law firms get better at dealing with staff stress, crisis and burnout outline

  • Traditional approaches to employee psychological welfare and why they fail
  • Victoria Legal Aid’s experiment with positive wellbeing
  • Why workload remains a key factor
  • What practitioners can do help themselves
  • What employers and firms can do to help practitioners

Some key messages:

  • Practitioners own assessment of wellbeing is an unreliable barometer of mental health
  • Positive work practices and boundaries, supported by peer debriefing is a strong preventative of crisis
  • Individual practices to build wellbeing and resilience are strongly encouraged
  • Practitioner efforts to manage their own wellbeing need to be matched by acknowledgement of workload by employer


Guest Speaker

Tim Marsh, Chief Counsel, Victoria Legal Aid

Tim works in the areas of: Supreme Court and County Court trials and pleas; Complex contested committals; Judicial review proceedings; Court of Appeal; High Court matters; Crimes mental impairment specialist; and Matters involving the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 and Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

Tim is involved with the Mental Health Review Board – 2008 and Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law (ANZAPPL).

Tim is also a member of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Steering Committee for the reference into the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997, the County Court working group that addresses procedural and practical issues in mental impairment and unfitness cases and is a Trial Counsel Development Program – Leading Counsel participant.



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