Family Law 2022: Vicarious trauma and resilience in legal practice

Family Law Conference 2022: Vicarious trauma and resilience in the legal practice

This session will explore this confronting topic by answering several questions. What is vicarious trauma and how do we recognise it? What is the effect of vicarious trauma for staff and clients? What is vicarious resilience? Most importantly, how do we mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma and build resilience in legal practice as individuals and as organisations?

Claudia Maclean, Principal Solicitor, Women's Legal Centre ACT

Claudia Maclean is the Principal Solicitor of the Centre, responsible for the management and supervision of the Centre’s legal practice. Since joining the Centre in 2015, she has developed and expanded the practice to meet the legal needs of women in Canberra, including developing a family law property litigation and an early intervention Child Protection practice. She has also developed innovative pro bono relationships with firms to supplement the work of the Centre. Claudia is the recipient of the UNSW Community Leader Scholarship and is currently completing an MBA (Social Impact) at UNSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management. Claudia is a representative of the steering committee for the Family Law Pathways Network Canberra, and a committee member of the ACT Law Society’s Family Law Committee and ACT Law Society’s Pro Bono Clearing House Panel. Claudia is also currently chair of the ACT Legal Assistance Forum Child Protection Working Group, which works with stakeholder organisations to advocate for service and law reform in the ACT Care and Protection jurisdiction.

Kasumi Ejiri, Head of the Socio-Legal Team, Women's Legal Centre ACT

Kasumi Ejiri is the Head of the Centre’s Socio-Legal Team. Since she joined the Centre in 2019, she has led the development of the Centre’s multidisciplinary approach to legal practice. Under her leadership, the Centre has developed a strong socio-legal framework for lawyers to integrate and collaborate with social workers and Aboriginal case workers to offer a more holistic and trauma informed service for our clients. Kasumi is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and is a specialist domestic violence worker. Before moving to Canberra she worked in remote Central Australia and in the Northern Territory.  Kasumi is passionate about anti-oppressive social work that acknowledges women’s experiences of trauma and injustices so they can empower themselves to move forward with their lives.


  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register. 
  • Members will earn 0.5 CPD point in core area 2 and 0.5 CPD point in core area 3
  • This event was recorded at the Family Law Conference, held on Wednesday 23 March 2022 
  • This recording will expire on 31 December 2022.
  • Online tickets: $44


Webinar ticket $44.00(GST incl.) Register



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