Working in the criminal justice system means being regularly exposed to trauma on top of the stress and demands of the job, as well as the challenges that we all face individually and as a society. This webinar provides insights into the prevalence of trauma in the professions, how it impacts criminal justice professionals, and strategies to counter its effects.
Leading the discussion is Katharine Manning, Blackbird LLC’s President. Prior to this role, Kate served as a senior attorney advisor at the Executive Office for US Attorneys in her 15 years with the US Department of Justice. She also worked as a counselor and advocate for Battered Women and the Family Violence and Sex Crimes Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
Details of Kate’s discussion covered:
- The unique situations and challenges of working in the criminal justice field that subject them to stress and trauma, and anecdotes that allude to this.
- The prevalence of stress and trauma-related issues in the profession and how the population that criminal justice professionals work with expose them to secondary trauma.
- Getting to understand stress response by looking at the brain, its parts, and its functions.
- How the amygdala, designed to keep us safe, triggers stress reactions in the presence of threat which in extreme cases, can lead to amygdala hijack.
- How early-life exposure to threats alters brain development and functions making stress responses faster and harder to control.
- How humans are hardwired for empathy which facilitates connections but also exposes us to others’ traumas.
- Differentiating trauma, stress, burnout, secondary, and compassion fatigue from each other.
- How stress is not a negative thing but when prolonged and unmanaged can lead to burnout.
- How secondary trauma is a result of interacting with people in trauma and when left unaddressed can lead to compassion fatigue.
- Common signs and symptoms of compassion to watch out for and what these look like.
- The first step to managing stress by identifying our stressors and the four easily-implementable ways to respond to stressors.
- Five daily self-care strategies to choose from to proactively integrate into our lives to prevent stress and trauma from taking control, how to implement them, and their benefits
- Practicing self-care as a life-long commitment by setting appropriate boundaries, reaching out and getting support when needed, and recognizing the warning signs of compassion fatigue.
- Understanding PTSD – the delayed onset of symptoms, the categories of symptoms, and the effective treatments available to manage PTSD.
- The value in taking small steps and making gradual changes that prioritize your well-being for sustainable improvement.
- The importance of reflecting on the meaningful reasons you chose your career path and the larger purpose of your work to gain resilience amidst stress and trauma.
- Questions from the webinar attendees regarding taking breaks, especially in the high-demand law enforcement career.
Other Webinars with this Presenter
- January 26: Empathetic Leadership: Building a Culture of Trust
- May 23: Trauma-Informed Leadership
- Oct 10: Burnout and Resilience (This webinar)
- Jan 18, 2024: Empathy and Inclusion
- April 30: Secondary Trauma (coming soon)
- “The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to walk through water without getting wet.” I think that employers of those in these occupations need to take a stronger approach to pushing wellness such as a daily company-wide meditation at the start of every day to reset, like was mentioned in the webinar. We have seen several people the compassion fatigue has affected and I think more need to be done on site on the job.” — Ashlie
- “Just appreciate the reminders. It’s easier to focus on taking care of yourself when you are at a near breaking point and realize you have to. When things start to get better, those practices can slide a bit. And it’s important to be reminded that I need to maintain that long-term.” — Amanda
- “Great upbeat presentation with a sense of humor – much appreciated by 1st responders!!” — B
- “This was a good tool I feel because not even with work there is so much going on in the world right now that I feel we need MORE of these trainings.” –Christine
- “I love the powerful quotes by Carol Burnett and Hugh McCutcheon. This was an amazing webinar and I am going to share the information with the other Advocates.” — Claressa
- “Katharine Manning is a fabulous presenter and I always enjoy her webinars!” — Devra
- “Katherine’s simple tips on how to identify the stressful feeling, name it to claim it and what to do to destress – breathe, meditate, stretch, etc.” — Elizabeth
NACP and D-SAACP Advocates can earn 1 CEU by attending this webinar through the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing. To learn more about NOVA, visit trynova.org.
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.