CPD training

Trauma-Informed Legal Practice

Trauma-informed lawyering is an essential and long-overdue competency for all legal professionals. Providing trauma-informed legal services is foundational to mitigating the effects of the access to justice crisis – including the barriers many experience to accessing services – and building stronger, safer relationships with clients and colleagues.

In this 2-hour webinar, we will explore the key takeaways from Golden Eagle Rising’s soon to be released Trauma-Informed Legal Practice Manual. In becoming trauma-informed, one will learn about the neurobiological effects of trauma, the likelihood for trauma in clients and witnesses, how to adapt initial engagements with clients, and which examination techniques and litigation approaches minimize (re)traumatization. All legal professionals who work in high conflict or highly traumatizing areas of law will benefit from the adoption of trauma-informed practices in the workplace, as they can also help foster a positive work environment, improve mental health, and contribute to long-term retention.

This presentation is being given by Myrna McCallum, a Cree-Metis lawyer and host of “the trauma-informed lawyer” podcast, launched in partnership with the Canadian Bar Association. The presentation is intended for legal advocates, lawyers, law students, and all other legal professionals which interact with clients and/or potentially traumatizing legal issues.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 2 hours of CPD with LSBC, including 2 hours of practice management credit.


Trauma Informed Legal Practice presentation material


September 17, 2020


4:30 - 6:30 pm PDT




Animal Law 101: Bite Size Animal Law

Animal law is a growing area of practice which intersects with numerous other areas of law. This 1-hour webinar on Animal Law is open to lawyers, paralegals and advocates looking for an introduction to this topic.

We will provide an overview of a number of topics including: a brief history of animal law, pet custody, BCHRT and CRT pet cases, animal cruelty, dangerous dogs, municipal by-laws and case examples.

Our presenter will be Victoria Shroff, adjunct professor of animal law at UBC’s Allard School of Law and one of the longest serving animal law practitioners in Canada.

Participants in this course may claim up to 1-hour of CPD credit with LSBC.


October 7, 2020


12:30 - 1:30 pm PDT




Basics of the YCJA for Lawyers

This 2-hour training session on the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is designed for lawyers. This training session is developed by the Department of Justice Canada with the purpose of providing insight into the YCJA and its principles, with an emphasis on the recent amendments to the YCJA following former Bill C-75.

This training session will allow participants to better understand and contextualize the principles of the YCJA, recent amendments to the Act, the reasoning and objectives behind these amendments, administration of justice offences, diversion methods, as well as bail and sentencing principles and conditions.

The instructor for this course, Sandra Couture, is a member of the Quebec Bar who works with Justice Canada in the Youth Justice and Strategic Initiative Section where she provides legal and policy advice on all matters related to the YCJA and Canada’s youth justice system.

**Please note this training session will NOT be recorded.**

Participants in this training session may claim up to 2 hours of CPD with LSBC.


October 20, 2020


12:30 - 2:30 pm PDT



More CPD opportunities

Archived webinars

Archived webinars are organized by topic. If you plan to review a previously recorded course for CPD credit, it is your responsibility to ensure that your review of the course meets the Law Society of BC's criteria for Approved Education Activities.

Legal research course

This course, which is eligible for CPD credit, is a series of videos that demonstrate how to plan a research strategy and employ specific research skills.  In the videos we show you how to use popular legal research tools that are free (CanLII) or that you can use for free at the BC Courthouse Libraries. 

Take the course (including self-assessment quiz questions) on the Law Society Online Learning Centre.

In-person training

Tours and training are available by appointment in our Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Prince George, and Victoria branches.

Please contact the library branch directly or email training@courthouselibrary.ca to make an appointment.

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