Chicago: Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Secondary Trauma: Impacts of our Work on our Bodies, our Minds and our Hearts

Chicago Local Group

October 10, 2022 | 12:00 PM Central

In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, LMA is proud to bring you this workshop featuring Amy Johnston, Clinical Therapist and Director of Education at Urban Wellness.

We have all experienced collective trauma over the past two years. Those of us in roles within high stress industries – like legal – are particularly at risk for increased distress. Hearing, witnessing and sharing the stories of others in distress has an impact on our own wellbeing. When we work in spaces where our clients, colleagues or communities experience trauma, we become marked and changed by their experience as well. Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Secondary Trauma are different, but related concepts which impact people who care. This workshop explores why we are vulnerable to this type of distress, helps us identify our trauma exposure response, and creates space to reflect, process and develop tools for supportive self-care.

Join Amy as she discusses strategies and solutions for legal professionals dealing with burnout and compassion fatigue. Key learning objectives include:

  • Understand the concepts of secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.
  • Identify your Individual trauma exposure response pattern.
  • Understand the value of curiosity, paradox and self-compassion and practice these concepts in real time.

In-Person Location (includes Lunch):
NOTE: You must be fully vaccinated agaist COVID-19 to attend in person.  If attending in person, you must complete this attestation form.

McDermott Will & Emery
444 W Lake St
Suite 4000
Chicago, IL 60610

Virtual Option:

LMA Members: $40 for in-person/$20 for virtual
Prospective LMA Members: $60 for in-person/$40 for virtual
Note: When registering, you will have the option to choose In-Person or Virtual Registration.  Those who choose Virtual will receive the Zoom link on October 10th.

About the Speaker:

Amy JohnstonAmy Johnston, LCSW, PMH-C: Amy is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience working in mental health, trauma and burnout. Amy studied at Northwestern University and The University of Chicago before moving to Dublin, Ireland to work in mental health. She then returned to Chicago to support parents and staff in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Lurie Children's Hospital, before joining Urban Wellness in 2019.

As a clinician, Amy specializes in burnout, grief and trauma, and compassion fatigue. Amy is a certified perinatal mental health specialist.

Learn more about Urban Wellness and the Well-Being at Work Program.

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