The multi-disciplinary team’s response to special victims cases (crimes against children, family violence, sexual assault) is complex. The heavy burden of these complex assignments, however, is routinely overlooked. This workshop will candidly explore the challenges that arise from constantly working within the trauma-specific to special victims cases and the effects on those who handle them. Participants will be encouraged to consider the unique impact these cases have on them and will be offered alternative solutions to traditional methods for how they are handled—including personnel assignments, investigations, interviews, and court testimony. Participants will discuss recognition and prevention of burnout and be provided strategies for leadership to build preventative measures into team dynamics. This workshop also serves as a platform for participants to open up about barriers to successfully juggling day-to-day duties, on and off the job, and normalize the emotional/mental toll of these unique cases.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify the personal effects working on special victim cases has on team members.
Upon completion, participants will be able to provide alternative techniques for multi-disciplinary job roles that look beyond traditional methods for working special victim cases.
Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize warning signs of burnout for individuals and team members as well as provide strategies to build preventative measures into team dynamics.