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Trauma-Informed Care: Learn the Ropes of Engaging with Traumatized Clients on October 29 - Paralegals News

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Posted on: Oct 17, 2018

It's always a tough and difficult situation when you have clients who've experienced traumatizing events. It takes special consideration when developing strategies for engaging with and leveraging these types of clients, so we hope you'll make it to the IndyBar's October 29 program, covering the integration of trauma-informed care into practice. The seminar features Sarah Hurley of the White Stone Project, a professional, survivor-led business whose mission is to equip and develop teams and organizations working with trauma survivors through professional training, consulting and speaking initiatives. You can register for the program here.

"Sexual abuse/assault cases are complex, both legally and emotionally, and require attorneys who understand how sexual trauma can affect the human brain. Our firm hired Sarah and her team at The White Stone Project to train our attorneys and staff. The training was outstanding! Sarah and her team were extremely knowledgeable and provided invaluable insight into the psyche of victims of sexual abuse. I would highly recommend Sarah and her team to anyone wanting to better understand the emotional needs of these victims."

--Greg Laker, Partner, Cohen & Malad LLP

More about the White Stone Project
The White Stone Project equips teams to be more effective in their work with victims/clients by providing a technical understanding of the neurobiology of trauma, fine-tuning soft-skills in building client rapport, navigating trauma narratives, reading body language, and preparing clients for trials while avoiding re-traumatization. We can also act as victim advocates and liaisons between firms and clients. Our
trainings range from half-day sessions to multiple-day certifications and we offer hourly consulting rates, as well. This information is beneficial for any firm who works with clients who have experienced complex trauma including sexual harm, abuse, addiction, family dysfunction and adverse childhood experiences. 

Our name is taken from Revelation 2:17 where it talks about the one who overcomes being given a white stone with a new name on it; WSP is about authentic identity. We believe everyone has the desire to be fully seen and fully known. As such, we go well beyond trauma-informed care and human trafficking training by teaching teams valuable skills to go deeper into their client’s lives and provide a more meaningful (and reciprocal) impact. It is not uncommon for participants to experience a deeper level of their own self-awareness in the process.  

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