Prosecutor wellness is an issue that is justly receiving increased attention and resources. Here is an award-winning wellness program from the Missoula County Attorney’s Office and some helpful materials from the American Bar Association.
Missoula County Attorney Secondary Trauma Program
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
American Bar Association
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