Judicial Life/
Vicarious trauma, burnout and recovery.

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Tuesday 23rd May 2023

Seminar | 4:45 PM-6:15 PM


Research has confirmed that vicarious trauma and burnout are occupational risks for judicial officers and those that work with them.

It’s important that you understand the risks and signs of these serious – and not uncommon – experiences.

In this twilight seminar, you will unpack how each can arise in judicial work – and what you can do about it.

Our experts will also explore:

  • prevention
  • how to recognise early warning signs 
  • evidence-based strategies for managing the impact and recovery.


University of New South Wales
Professor Gordon Parker AO
Professor Gordon Parker AO is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry, UNSW. His research has focussed on mood disorders. He was Founder of the Black Dog Institute, Head of the School of Psychiatry at UNSW, Director of the Division of Psychiatry at Prince of Wales Hospital and Area Director of Psychiatry in the South-Eastern area. He has served on the NSW Guardianship Board and the NSW Administrative Appeals Tribunal and is a Board member of the Quest for Life Foundation. In 2004 he received a Citation Laureate as the Australian Scientist most highly cited in ‘Psychiatry/Psychology’. In 2018 he received the prestigious James Cook Medal from the Royal Society of New South Wales and was a finalist for the NSW Senior Australian of the Year. He was recipient of the 2020 Australian Mental Health Prize. He has published 23 books and over 1,000 scientific reports.
Phoenix Australia
Professor Andrea Phelps
Professor Andrea Phelps is the Deputy Director of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. Her research has focused on veterans mental health and the nature and treatment of posttraumatic stress, including moral injury and posttraumatic nightmares. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems in Veteran and emergency service populations and was responsible for the accreditation of PTSD treatment programs for Veterans across Australia. Andrea leads a number of major projects including the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD. She also consults to a range of Government departments and industry partners on research, service development and policy issues regarding organisational responses to psychological trauma. She has over 140 publications including peer reviewed papers, book chapters and technical reports.
Reserve Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria
The Honourable Justice Clyde Croft AM
The Hon Justice Clyde Croft AM is a Professor in the Monash University Law Faculty, an Adjunct Professor of Practice and he has a PhD from the University of Cambridge.From 2009 to 2019, Justice Croft was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and was the Judge in charge of the Arbitration List in the Commercial Court. Justice Croft delivered many important and critical judgments developing arbitral jurisprudence on the UNCITRAL Model Law as it now applies in Australia. He was appointed a Reserve Judge of the Supreme Court in 2021. Justice Croft chairs the Expert Advisory Committee of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee of Australia (UNCCA). He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 for significant service to the law, and to the judiciary, particularly through commercial arbitration.
Human Ethos
Carly Schrever, BSci/LLB; MPsych (Clinical); PhD Candidate (Melb)
Carly Schrever is a lawyer, psychologist, researcher, and a Director of Human Ethos – a psychological consultancy directed to the wellbeing of judges and lawyers. Carly undertook Australia’s first empirical research into the sources and nature of work-related stress among the Australian judiciary which has been published broadly. She is a regular presenter at judicial conferences on the topic of judicial stress and wellbeing, and has been engaged by several jurisdictions around the globe to develop tailored judicial wellness programs. Through her consultancy, Human Ethos, she also works with law firms and legal professional bodies to deliver training on lawyer wellbeing.