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13 July 2020 | Comment | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

HJ Talks About Abuse: An Interview With Hugh Koch On Resilience During COVID-19

In this episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, Alan Collins discusses the importance of having strategies to maintain and improve our resilience and wellbeing, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown.

HJ Talks About Abuse: An Interview With Hugh Koch On Resilience During COVID-19 HJ Talks About Abuse: An Interview With Hugh Koch On Resilience During COVID-19

People have always had strategies to help them stay resilient, however, these strategies have been put under pressure over the last number of months during lockdown. Resilience and wellbeing affect your ability to cope and also bounce back after adverse events. This is especially true during COVID-19.

Resilience and wellbeing are also linked to job satisfaction and performance.

We know that lawyers need to continuously improve, rather than be perfectionists; be empathic, not over-involved; and get support and not take risks… how does resilience help this?

Hugh outlines a six-factor approach to resilience:

  • Positive thinking: Use positive words when you think or speak e.g. that was good; thank you;
  • Managing anxiety: Relax frequently using a deep breath;
  • Organising tasks: Have a tidy, organised desk;
  • Communicating well: Increase smiling and friendly behaviour;
  • Communicating kindly: Be kind and reassure others; and
  • Enjoying work: Make positive comments at the start of working day.

This is not an exhaustive list, but by reviewing these categories and thinking of how we can implement strategies along these lines, you will find that over time, you will increase your resilience and wellbeing.

Author bio

Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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