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Friday, March 19 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Self Care and Resilience in Public Defense

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A shift toward “self-care culture” in recent years has brought self-care practices to the forefront of public consciousness. While most people understand the fundamental practices for care for oneself effectively (healthy diet, exercise, sleep, etc.), for those working in adversarial or trauma-heavy environments such as Public Defenders Offices, the practice of self-care is a bit more complex.

This presentation will begin by identifying relevant terminology (trauma, empathy, compassion fatigue, burnout, resiliency) related to this topic. We will then identify warning signs of secondary trauma or burnout and how to identify when you/your colleagues may be struggling. We offer examples of practical and holistic coping strategies that can be utilized within daily practice and that are specific to individuals working in Public Defenders offices. We also offer resources to assist participants in supporting health, wellness, and mental health on a broader level. Our presentation includes personal experiences/stories and it is bolstered by evidence-based research and practices.

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Jenilee Rowley

Dispositional Advisor, Office of the Public Defender, Minnesota
Ms. Rowley has been employed by the MN Board of Public Defense since 2010. She is a graduate of St. Scholastica and is a licensed social worker. In addition to her background in social work and Public Defense, Ms. Rowley has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and is certified... Read More →
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Katie Benson

Dispositional Advisor, Office of the Public Defender, Minnesota
Ms. Benson has been employed by the MN Board of Public Defense since 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison and the Brown School of Graduate Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed independent social worker. Prior to her work in... Read More →

Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 3