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Friday, July 23, 2021

Course: Supporting Well-Being in Public Defense (Part 2)

Start Date: 6/14/2021 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 7/23/2021 6:00 PM EDT

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Jeni Benavides
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (859) 629-9152

Part 2: Supporting Well-Being in Public Defense (June 14-July 23, 2021) (6 weeks)
(Part 1 Sustaining Well-Being in Public Defense is a prerequisite to Part 2 Supporting Well-Being in Public Defense)
Small Group: Wednesdays 5-615 Pacific/8-915 Eastern with Jenny Andrews and additional faculty (everyone will be in one small group time and breakouts will be used for smaller group discussions)

Registration deadline June 7th  at noon eastern.
Apply for a scholarship.   Deadline June 1 noon eastern
$145 for NAPD Members.  $195 for non members.

Target audience: People working to create culture and systems supportive of well-being in public defense, such as: office leaders, trainers, wellness committee members, and individuals motivated to support wellness through actions at an office/systemic level.
Course description: Office leaders, trainers, and supervisors who support the well-being of all staff will enhance the strength and resilience of those employees to provide energetic, zealous representations of the people we represent. This course will move beyond strategies of self-care to share, design, incubate and launch initiatives to support public defender well- being.

Course Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course participants will:
-Design programs and initiatives to support well-being (such as team debriefing, structured mentorship, training sessions sustaining well-being). Examples and models will be offered, but participants will choose and design any program they seek to implement. These ideas will be incubated, developed and supported within the group.
-Participants will strategize and act systemically to build a broader culture of support within public defense.
-Use the NAPD Principles of Creating Sustainability in Public Defense Offices for guidance.
-Re-examine research and studies of supporting well-being, specifically focusing on how office leaders, managers, supervisors and trainers can use evidence-based practices to support well-being of all staff.
-Participants will use wellness concepts (trauma, burnout, moral injury) to inform internal communication practices, and to advocate for policies, practices and resources to support wellbeing in public defense.


A child of counterculture, raised off the grid by back-to-the-land hippies on the Lost Coast in Northern California, Jenny Andrews is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as a public defender in Oakland, California in 1996, but left after seven years, after experiencing burnout and moral injury, and didn’t practice law for three years. She returned to public defense work in 2007, and has continued working as a public defender in Sonoma County and Santa Barbara County, in a wide variety of positions, including: Forensic Resource Counsel, Felony Team Leader, Director of Training, and Senior Deputy. She teaches on the faculty of Gideon’s Promise, the National Association for Public Defense, the National Criminal Defense College, the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School, and the California Public Defenders Association, and the NAPD Online Academy. She has been a certified yoga teacher since 2004, previously worked in the education department of Yoga Journal magazine, and is a longtime student of yoga and mindfulness practices. She believes in finding supportive practices to sustain a career in public defense—hers include yoga and meditation, writing, hiking along the beach with her husband and daughter, and tending a rural apple farm in Northern California.

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 6/7/2021 12:00 PM

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