Sep 29, 2015
6:00pm - 8:30pm    |    Furman Hall Clinic Room 604


This session is only open to NYU Law Students. Registration required. Register here.

Light dinner and refreshments will be provided


About the skills-building series

In recent years, NYU law students focused on public interest law and human rights have expressed a desire for more opportunities to develop practical skills that may improve their chances of obtaining employment in their fields of interest following graduation. In response, the Public Interest Law Center (PILC), the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights have decided to jointly organize a series of inter-disciplinary skill-building sessions throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. There will be two interactive evening sessions per semester, beginning in the fall semester. These sessions are targeted at NYU law students interested in pursuing public interest careers and non-traditional lawyering jobs.

About this session: Coping With Vicarious Trauma

As “helping”  professionals, lawyers—particularly those who work in the field of human rights or public interest, and who provide direct services to victims of abuse and other marginalized populations—must cope with exposure to the trauma experienced by clients and communities facing violence, conflict, abuse, discrimination, and other forms of harm. This session will explore the phenomenon as it pertains to public interest and human rights lawyers, focusing both on the issues presented by front-line public interest workers who have clients in their office, as well as the issues faced by human rights researchers who witness conflict. Facilitators will discuss skills for managing the emotional and psychological consequences of working with traumatized individuals and communities, and strategies to avoid burnout.

About the facilitator

Adam BrownAdam Brown Dr. Adam Brown is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at Sarah Lawrence College where he directs the Cognition and Emotion Laboratory. He also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. His research focuses on clinical, cognitive, and neuroscientific approaches to memory and emotion, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resilience and international mental health. He is the recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Defense, Fulbright, and private foundations.

About the format

Participants will be expected to actively participate and to prepare an assignment before this session, in order to guarantee a more substantive and more focused discussion.


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