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Sexual Harassment and Workplace Culture Workshops

Listed are some commonly asked questions about these workshops.

1. When will Sexual Harassment and Workplace Culture (SHWC) workshops be held?
Each CPD year, a number of SHWC workshops are scheduled for new practising certificate holders and for those who have not yet attended this workshop. These PC holders are individually notified by email by the Society. Whilst the Society sends out courtesy reminders, it is a practitioner’s responsibility to comply with a mandatory condition on their practising certificate within the timeframes stipulated.

2. If I have already attended why is the condition on my PC again?
The requirement to attend this SHWC workshop as a mandatory condition on practising certificates is included for those who have not previously attended. The condition states ‘Unless the holder of this certificate has completed the Law Society of Tasmania Sexual Harassment, Changing Workplace Culture workshop, the holder is to complete the workshop by 30 April [year].’

3. Can I list CPD points for attending this workshop?
Yes. The CPD guide for this 1.5-hour workshop is: Equality and Wellbeing (EW); Ethics (E).

4. Can I attend another sexual harassment training course instead of this Society’s workshop?
The Council of the Law Society of Tasmania has stated that practitioners with a PC issued by this Society are to attend this particular workshop, which was developed by the Queensland Law Society and licensed to this Society, because it is specifically focusses on the legal profession and thus offers 1.5 hours of focused materials that tends to resonate with this profession. A practitioner can, of course attend any professional development they are interested in, however, for the purposes of compliance with the said condition on their Tasmanian practising certificate it is this Society run workshop that is required to be completed.

5. What is covered in this training?
This SHWC workshop covers:

  • Real life stories, research material overview and introduction to legal profession cultural traits.
  • The incident followed by debrief and discussion of learning objectives.
  • Active bystanding and role modelling.
  • The Complaint followed by debrief and discussion of learning objectives.
  • A Reflections debrief of perpetrator and target reflections and consequences.
  • Call to action and support services.

At the completion of this SHWC workshop participants will have the knowledge and understanding of substantive content in respect of:

  • what constitutes sexual harassment;
  • the statistics and surveys providing empirical data on the incidence, reporting rates and the implications for individuals and the legal profession of sexual harassment;
  • how individuals behaviours impact workplace culture;
  • the predominant traits and culture in legal workplaces that may act as catalysts for harassment and bullying behaviours;
  • the role of bystanders in changing culture and the practical application of using the 5Ds in responding as an Active Bystander;
  • the role of leadership in modelling positive behaviour in legal workplaces;
  • the importance of appropriate sexual harassment and bullying policies and training processes in legal workplaces;
  • the options and appropriate responses to manage an incident experienced or observed; and
  • the options available for further and ongoing support for those dealing with incidents of sexual harassment or bullying.

6. Who presents these workshops?
The presenter of these workshops is Catherine Scott. Catherine is currently a member of the Wellbeing Committee of the Law Society of Tasmania and is committed to promoting and achieving a healthy and positive work culture in the Tasmanian legal profession. Catherine has undertaken specialised training for this Sexual Harassment and Workplace Culture Training Workshop. Catherine Scott has worked as a lawyer in Tasmania for almost 20 years in both private practice, including as a principal at Page Seager Lawyers and now as Head of Legal at ConMoto Group, and in the public sector as a Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Registrar. Catherine specialises in dispute resolution and administrative law, and regularly acts for clients in discrimination and sexual harassment matters. During her time at the Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Catherine mediated many discrimination and sexual harassment matters. Catherine also developed and facilitated the Federal Court’s professional development program and mediation accreditation program.

If you have any queries about this information, please get in touch at cpd@lst.org.au.