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Prosecutor Wellness

Prosecutor wellness is an issue that is justly receiving increased attention and resources. Here is an award-winning wellness program and some helpful materials from the American Bar Association.


In 2016, County Attorney Kirsten Pabst joined clinical social worker Andrew Laue, LCSW to create the first of its kind secondary trauma program for prosecutors, designed to educate staff on the impact of trauma and provide tools to manage the effects of trauma, enhance resilience and increase employee longevity.  Hailed as an innovative success, the National Association of Counties (NACo) recognized Pabst and Laue with a national Achievement Award and a 100 Brilliant Ideas in Government Award.

Information about the program:

Secondary Trauma Group – Implementing Organizational Resiliency for Prosecutors
Missoula County Attorney’s Office (2016) Read

Missoula Prosecutors Recognized for Fighting Secondary Trauma
Montana Public Radio (7/17/17) Read


The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change
ABA National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being:  Creating a Movement to Improve Well-being in the Legal Profession (8/2017) Read

Growing Concern Over Wellbeing of Lawyers Leads to Comprehensive New Recommendations
American Bar Association (8/14/17) Read

Lawyer Well-Being Infographic
ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (2017) Read