Having been a media interviewee and a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences, Lee is a highly, accomplished presenter.

The first barrister in the UK to design and present training to lawyers on Secondary Trauma, Lee draws on years of exceptional, personal and professional experience.

Lee offers professionals, who work with troubled clients and traumatic cases, unique insights into the adverse impact of fear and trauma upon health, well-being and professionalism, how to recognise, prepare for and deal with and recover from them.

Lee’s informative, healing and empowering talks are delivered with dynamism and humour.

Interactive talks are also encouraged. Attendees are asked if they wish to participate and share their views, experiences and concerns. This interactive element provides opportunities for Lee / others to respond to individual needs in the moment and creates a sense of collegiality. This can help dissolve any isolation that some professionals feel, when dealing with traumatic cases.

Lee’s purpose is to:

  • help people identify any hidden issues that may adversely affect them.
  • offer guidance on how to manage and resolve them
  • create a safe environment for people to share and discuss issues
  • provide the motivation, means and inspiration to do so
  • deliver thoroughly enjoyable and informative talks
  • help others to help others

Potential Benefits

  • greater self-awareness
  • enhanced health and well-being
  • improved professionalism

Different talks covering the impact of trauma in the workplace and how to prepare for it, identify symptoms and recover from them, can be discussed and tailored to client’s needs and objectives.

Example 1 – The Hidden Costs of Work Well Done

Currently, formal education does not address the “hidden extras” such as Secondary Traumatic Stress, Burnout and more that many professionals and admin staff experience when working with troubled clients and traumatic cases. Consequently, some professionals may be practising whilst unfit to do so, contrary to professional conduct rules. Furthermore, some law practices and organisations may not be exercising their duty of care under Health and Safety laws.

The talk provides:

  • An overview of Secondary Traumatisation
  • Clarifies the different terminology used to describe the various conditions
  • Explains why any feelings of stigma regarding the impact of Secondary Trauma upon mental health is unfounded
  • Explains who is more vulnerable and why
  • Gives some of the more serious symptoms that can adversely impact personal health, well-being and professionalism
  • Provides guidance on how to deal with symptoms
  • Highlights the reasons why education and self-care plans are vital.

Example 2 – Secondary Trauma: A First-hand Account

Lee shares her experiences of Secondary Traumatic Stress, how it impacted her throughout her career and how she recovered from it. Points covered include:-

  1. Exposure: pupillage in family and criminal law chambers, founder member of Reunite, the National Council for Abducted Children,  Founder/President of The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
  2. Vulnerability
  3. Impact:personal and professional
  4. Preparation and staying healthy
  5. The wisdom gained and growth

Example 3 – Secondary Trauma: Prevention and Care

Secondary Traumatic Stress is unavoidable when working with troubled clients and distressing cases. Many professionals are not equipped to prepare for and address the negative effects of exposure to other people’s traumas.
In this talk Lee gives an overview re:

  • What are Secondary Traumatic Stress and Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • The personal and professional impact
  • How to self-diagnose
  • Some steps to take for prevention and care.