This training will provide examples of how to engage with clients in a legal aid setting that is both trauma-informed and sustainable. Within this framework, the following objectives will be highlighted: (a) how to prepare to work with clients seeking legal aid, (b) tools for having difficult conversations, (c) personal and professional sustainability practices in legal aid. This session will cover the impact these issues can have on an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence.

This session is presented by Sylvia Gribbell, LCSW is the Managing Director of Trauma-Informed Services and Education at Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice . She oversees the organization’s Community Advocacy (CA) program and trauma-informed staff training. Sylvia has worked as part of several multi-disciplinary teams at the intersection of social work and legal practice in the areas of dependency, special education, disability rights and survivor-based practices serving immigrants, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking survivors. She has over fifteen years as a social work practicum instructor working with over ten accredited schools of social work. Sylvia is also in private practice providing ecotherapy, training and consultation, and specializes in trauma, anxiety, and depression.

The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is an approved multi-activity MCLE provider (Provider #2303).

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The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) produces trainings designed for civil legal aid and pro bono attorneys throughout the state, bringing the experts directly to the advocates helping low-income Californians. Technology permitting, all trainings are recorded and archived for later on-demand viewing by advocates. This training is intended to provide legal information, not legal advice, for the purposes of training only practicing attorneys. The legal information in this webinar is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.

Difficult Conversations in Legal Aid: Caring for Clients and Caring for Self

January 23, 2024

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