Lifelong Resilience Building a Sustainable Career in Criminal Justice

Lifelong Resilience Building a Sustainable Career in Criminal Justice
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-04-30
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Lifelong Resilience Building a Sustainable Career in Criminal Justice
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Working in helping professions can take a toll on one’s wellness. Given the existing problem with recruitment and retention in these roles, it becomes imperative that individuals take ownership of their resilience to have a sustainable career. In this session, Kate Manning explores easy yet effective strategies for criminal justice professionals to implement.

Kate Manning has 25 years of experience working in the trauma and victims space. She’s served the Justice Department to assist victims in cases that range from terrorism to child exploitation. She is currently the president of Blackbird LLC and is the author of The Empathetic Workplace.

Points raised during this interactive discussion include:

  • Kate’s story that demonstrates how she experienced burnout working at a violence shelter for only six weeks due to a lack of resources and tools to navigate the work conditions.
  • Statistics and anecdotes from public articles and surveys and the webinar participants that underline the prevalence of burnout as evidenced by rates of turnover, resignations, secondary traumatic stress, suicide ideation, and substance abuse disorder.
  • The common reason and motivation that those working in the criminal justice and other helping professions for choosing their line of work.
  • Defining and differentiating stress, burnout, and secondary trauma based on how they arise, how one can lead to others, and signs of burnout to watch out for.
  • The importance of establishing and maintaining clear boundaries in high-stress environments to improve personal well-being and professional effectiveness.
  • Practical examples demonstrating how boundary setting can look like in different areas of criminal justice such that our professional expectations do not become too consuming.
  • Ideas to turn off as a means to establish boundaries and the benefits that taking breaks and unplugging can reap.
  • Facts and figures that highlight the isolation employees feel which contribute to turnover and why it is essential to cultivate meaningful connections at work.
  • The value in small talk and regularly checking in on friends to foster connections between people and make others feel seen and appreciated.
  • The importance of reaching out to people during tough times, tips on how to do so without necessarily burdening them, and how those we reach out to typically feel after these interactions.
  • What it means to remember your purpose and how this can cultivate motivation and resilience even through challenging times.
  • How counting or wins and expressing gratitude can facilitate engagement with our sense of purpose.
  • Shift One Degree: Understanding that building resilience and creating positive changes in life is a gradual process where small, consistent shifts lead to significant, long-term benefits.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Getting into entry-level criminal justice roles.
  • Loneliness brought about by the loss of one’s support system in the workplace.
  • Recognizing and managing our stress.
  • The tendency to shut off emotions to get through the day.
  • Effectively setting boundaries with difficult clients.


Other Webinars with this Presenter

  • Jan 18, 2024: Empathy and Inclusion 
  • April 30: Lifelong Resilience: Building a Sustainable Career in Criminal Justice (this webinar)
  • Jan 22, 2025: HOLD The Date!
  • April 29. 2025: HOLD The Date!
  • Sept 30, 2025: HOLD The Date!


Or click here to view and register for other upcoming Leadership webinars and recordings on the JCH Platform.


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Audience Comments

  • “Thank you for having a webinar on such a relevant, under-discussed, topic. Careers in criminal justice and advocacy need to have self-care and boundaries stressed as normal and needed. Talking about it helps normalize the stresses we all feel.”
  • “I thought it was a very good presentation reminding us to be aware of our own feelings. thoughts and needs and how we can take care of ourselves and each other.”
  • “This is one of the best webinars I have ever attended on boundaries and how to deal with such a stressful job. I love what I do, but I find I take a lot of it home with me. Thank you for sharing these resources and very important information. I will definitely be applying the tools I learned today.”
  • “This webinar was engaging and full of useful knowledge.”
  • “This is exactly what I need right now. Hearing that someone understands and that many others do as well. I love learning about how to take better care of myself so I can continue to help others.”
  • “I really enjoyed this webinar! Katherine did a wonderful job covering this information and was easy to listen to.” 🙂
  • “Really enjoyed the exchanges between the presenter and the audience. Very good examples and responses are true to the working environments that were noted. It was eye-opening to see/hear that there does exist but especially prior to COVID the presence of burnout/depression and suicidal attempts.”
  • “This was one of the best webinars I’ve taken. Well done!”
  • “Absolutely amazing session and well presented!”
  • “Wonderful information in a calm, clear setting! Loved it!”
  • “I take a lot of Webinar training through the Clearinghouse and have found them to be very informative and helpful.”




Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) is an organization of individuals working together to foster awareness of the value that women bring to law enforcement. WIFLE’s goals include recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in federal law enforcement occupations, and the continued development of an information sharing and support network. WIFLE promotes collaborative leadership styles and the development of programs and policies that balance community service with enforcement of the laws. WIFLE also serves as an information and resource network for women in federal law enforcement, domestically and internationally. WIFLE is a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion in the federal law enforcement profession, a cornerstone to effectively serving communities across the country.



This webinar has been pre-approved by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for 1 Continuing Education Unit in Core 4 (Officer Wellness & Mental Health Awareness) for the State of Maine’s ACO annual training. You can find more information about Certification, required annual training or submitting materials for credit at Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page.




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