What Our Work Does to Us – Managing Secondary Trauma Stress
July 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET (90 minutes)
Webinar Faculty: Vicki E. Light, Brad Martin, Lisa Podemski
About the Webinar: Staff attorneys from NYC's The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice will present their research on recognizing secondary trauma stress inherent to public interest lawyering from a Children's Law practice perspective. They will discuss ways to address vicarious trauma, STS and professional burnout through trainings, protocols, and stress management methods developed in the course of their research.
About the Faculty: Since 1985, Vicki Light has worked with The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP) as an attorney representing children in the NYC Family Courts. Vicki is currently coordinating JRP’s division-wide Trauma Advocacy Project (TAP), a project focused on enhancing the representation of subject children in sexual and physical abuse cases. In addition to her direct representation, Vicki has participated in local and national trainings on the subjects of domestic violence, the representation of abused and neglected children and addressing secondary trauma stress in a non-profit Children’s Law practice. Vicki also participates in many committees. She is chairperson of JRP’s committee on Secondary Trauma Stress, where she has helped raise awareness of STS and responses to the traumatic nature of JRP’s practice. In the Bronx Family Court, Vicki is the chairperson of its’ Teen Day committee which hosts an annual event dedicated to youth ages 18-21 who are aging out of foster care. Vicki also is a member of the Bronx County Multidisciplinary Alliance on Child Abuse, a team of professionals who work with abused children in this borough. For 19 summers, Vicki volunteered at Birch Family Camp, a camp for families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Vicki holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania, JD from Washington University School of Law and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Brad Martin is a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice, working in Manhattan Family Court. For the past 25 years he has represented children of all ages in child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, juvenile delinquency, Person in Need of Supervision, and voluntary placement proceedings. Since 1998, Mr Martin has specialized in the Family Treatment Court, which handles cases of child neglect involving parental substance abuse. Prior to joining Legal Aid, Mr Martin was an associate at Levin & Weissman, a New York City law firm providing pre-paid legal services to unionized construction workers, where he represented clients in matrimonial proceedings and real estate transactions. Mr Martin is admitted in New York and New Jersey. He is a 1984 graduate of New York University School of Law and a 1981 graduate of Middlebury College. Since, 2009, Mr Martin has worked on a multi-disciplinary committee in JRP concerned with issues of Secondary Trauma Stress, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout. The work of the committee has been to evaluate STS in JRP staff, educate staff about STS issues and implement measures to alleviate STS. Lisa Podemski has worked at the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice since 2008, as an attorney representing children in Brooklyn Family Court. Lisa participates in several committees, including JRP’s Secondary Trauma Stress committee and JRP’s Books for Kids project committee. Lisa also co-runs the Books for Kids project program in the Brooklyn trial office. Lisa taught elementary school in the South Bronx as a Teach for America corps member prior to enrolling in law school. Lisa graduated from NYU Law School and Barnard College.