Trauma Informed Practice Guidance for Lawyers: Practice & Self-Care (Webinar Repeat) 

Mar. 10, 2020 - Aug. 31, 2030
Webinar Repeat Online

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Air Date: This is the archived version of a program presented on March 10, 2020.

Myrna L. McCallum JD, Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services
Alyson Jones, MA, RCC, Alyson Jones & Associates
Derek Lacroix, QC, Executive Director, Lawyers Assistance Program

Moderator: Rhona M. Lichtenwald, Hillcrest Law & Mediation
Format: Webinar Recording
CPD Hours: 2 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC
TViewing of this recording will provide you with 2 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.


This webinar is designed to provide guidance to lawyers in any area of practice to build awareness of how clients’ trauma affects Lawyer-Client relationships. 

  • How can lawyers support and work with clients who have experienced trauma?
  • How do perspectives on this relationship differ between lawyer and client in connection with trauma? 

The first part of this webinar will use a scenario-based discussion using examples in the following areas that clients experience trauma: Gender, LBGTQ2S; First Nations; Children; Ethnicity; Minorities; Poverty; Physical/Mental Disabilities and Mental Health. Our panel will discuss these scenarios from a law practice and psychological perspective. 

The webinar will then look at how working with traumatized clients may affect lawyers’ well-being and lead to secondary or vicarious trauma.

  • How can lawyers identify that this may be affecting their lives both professionally and personally? 
  • What resources are available?



About Rhona M. Lichtenwald, Hillcrest Law & Mediation

Rhona has practiced law in Vancouver since 1990 as a family lawyer, family law mediator and collaborative lawyer. Rhona’s mediation practice began in 1997 and she is a founding member and was Co-chair of the Vancouver Collaborative Divorce Association. After practicing and providing trainings and presentations in her field, Rhona taught PLTC, and additionally updated the PLTC family practice, ADR, advocacy skills, professional ethics and practice management course materials. In 2015, Rhona established Hillcrest Law & Mediation, which provides, family law mediation, family and collaborative law consulting services, professional development workshops and presentations, and bar examination tutoring.  Rhona is a frequent legal presenter, including teaching Family Law Mediation at the Rise Women’s Legal Centre to the law student clinicians. Rhona performs in local theatre productions and is a board member of Vancouver’s Metro Theatre.  She just concluded a run of “The Gazebo” at Metro and will be performing in her 9th Lawyer Show fundraiser, “Mamma Mia” April 30 to May 9, 2020.

About Myrna McCallum

Myrna McCallum is an Indigenous (Métis-Cree) lawyer from the historical Métis village of Green Lake, Saskatchewan in Treaty Six territory and she is also a registered Indian at nearby Waterhen Lake First Nation.

Myrna spent most of her 12-year legal career working in Indigenous communities and more specifically, serving survivors of sexual violence, as a Crown prosecutor, an Indian Residential School adjudicator and an Investigations Director. Throughout her career, she learned a great deal about trauma, its impacts on memory, communication and behaviour and the significant difference applying a trauma-informed approach has on the survivors who entrust her to witness their pain, receive their stories and assess their evidence.

As a former Indian Residential School student (Lebret IRS) and foster kid (Sixties/Seventies Scoop) Myrna McCallum has become passionate about educating lawyers, judges and police officers on Indigenous intergenerational and direct trauma as well as trauma-informed practice because she holds a deep awareness of how our justice system unnecessarily fails and traumatizes those involved in sexual assault and gender-based violence cases.  

Myrna believes that the eventual transformation towards a trauma-informed justice system will not only benefit those who look to police officers, lawyers and judges for protection or justice, but also the professionals regularly exposed to traumatic incidents and graphic evidence. She recognizes that legal professionals and officers of the court are highly vulnerable to vicarious trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder which can manifest into anxiety disorders and depression. Therefore, in the interests of career longevity and maintaining a high standard of quality work, a trauma-informed justice system will support those legal and justice professionals who are taking preventive measures to safeguard their own mental health.

Myrna’s greatest achievement has been the privilege of raising her three children as a single parent, all of whom have gone on to become beautiful, whole-hearted, compassionate and generous adults. Myrna is the proud kokom (grandmother) of Addilyn Rose and River Rhys.

About Alyson Jones

After building a very successful private practice throughout the years with Clair Hawes & Associates, Alyson had the opportunity in 2008 to purchase the centre. She took the practice to a whole new level as Owner, Clinical Director and President of Alyson Jones & Associates. In her usual enthusiastic manner, Alyson embraced the opportunity to bring her MORE philosophy to more people. She brought together a comprehensive team of like-minded professionals who are also committed to counselling as an opportunity for growth.

Each Associate brings their own unique style to the team, but we believe that the combination of our skills, expertise and collective commitment to growth and health brings a great benefit to every client we serve. Alyson believes in offering MORE to our clients and has built a team of therapists and administrators who strive to serve clients seamlessly providing support and addressing every aspect of the counselling experience. We focus on bringing our best to the table and assisting our clients in achieving their goals and desired outcomes.

About Derek Lacroix QC

Derek LaCroix, QC, joined LAP as our Executive Director in 1996. With 40 years work experience, he brings a sincere and valued perspective to his commitment to both the organization and to the BC legal profession. Derek practised law for 18 years and went on to expand his skills in business and counseling. This diverse range of interests has helped Derek become a respected leader in the legal, health care and recovery communities. He has served on committees with the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was a Commissioner of the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the Chair of the annual CoLAP conference for several years. He is also on several non-profit boards of societies dealing with addictions, education and spirituality. He is often called upon to present seminars and workshops throughout the province, and is tireless in his efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of legal professionals and those who care about them. He received the designation of Queen’s Counsel in 2004.


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