The toll of trauma: New study examines effects of ‘compassion fatigue’ on public defenders

Dec. 7, 2011 — The cumulative physical, emotional, and psychological effects resulting from continual exposure to others’ traumatic experience — compassion fatigue — can put lawyers at risk. In this video, Deb Smith, SPD director of assigned counsel, and Linda Albert, State Bar WisLAP coordinator, discuss a groundbreaking study of State Public Defender attorneys. This study examines the impact of secondary trauma on lawyers who are continually exposed to others’ traumatic experiences.

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