Tue, 22 Sept | Webinar

Let’s Talk about It: Wellbeing, self-care and mental health

A Webinar with Rachel Francis – Co-director of Claiming Space and Barrister at One Pump Court chambers
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Let’s Talk about It: Wellbeing, self-care and mental health

Time & Location

22 Sept 2020, 18:00 BST

About the Event

Given the sensitivity of the topic, the webinar was not recorded. 

Content Warning: some audience members might find the topic of this webinar upsetting

Rachel Francis is a barrister practising in immigration and family law with particular expertise in working with vulnerable clients. She is the former co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers. During her time as co-chair, Rachel saw first-hand the effects of working with trauma in the legal profession. She was jointly responsible for the strategic direction of the group and for co-ordinating its campaigning, promoting social mobility and protecting the interests of junior lawyers who believe in the importance of legal-aided work as a means of achieving social justice. In July 2019 Rachel was awarded the LAPG Special Award for outstanding commitment to access to justice.

Rachel co-founded Claiming Space, a community interest company which aims to:

  • Create safe, non-judgmental spaces for legal practitioners to learn, share and reflect on their practice.
  • Work in a way that acknowledges the impact of day-to-day work, political and social climates, stigma and misunderstanding of the impact of working with traumatic material and traumatised clients.
  • Facilitate peer group support for lawyers and collateral professionals working with vulnerable clients.
  • Provide in person and online training on vicarious, trauma and burnout, self-care and stress management.

We will be talking to Rachel about the above aims, the need to be aware of the impact of  working with clients who are vulnerable and/or have been through trauma, and how best to look after ourselves when doing that work.

Please note: this is not a therapeutic/ counselling session. The session will not give out individualised advice.

This will be held over Zoom, and due to the sensitive nature of the topic, we will not be recording it.

The session will conclude with a Q and A.

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