CAWI Seminar: Conducting A “Trauma Informed” Investigation
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When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Where: Roper Greyell LLP
745 Thurlow Street
Suite 1850
Vancouver, BC  V6E 0C5

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This full-day program is focussed on understanding the neurobiology of trauma and using investigative techniques in a victim centered, trauma informed approach.


9:45-10:00 am Registration
10:00-11:00 am The Concept of Trauma
The Neurobiological Impact of Trauma
The Influence of Societal Myths and Stereotypes
11:00-11:10 am Break
11:10 am-12:30 pm Utilizing Trauma Informed Investigative Techniques:
  • The Intake Interview
  • The Investigation Plan
  • Interview of the Complainant
  • Interview of the Respondent
  • Interviewing Witnesses
  • Gathering the Evidence
  • Tips for Report Writing
  • Communicating Outcomes
  • Providing Information and Support during an Investigation

Complainant Interview Demonstrations

12:30-1:15 pm Lunch
1:15-2:00 pm Interactive Sessions on the “Do’s and Don’ts”
2:00-2:30 pm Questions & Closing Remarks


Members: $100 CAD
Sustaining Members: $75 CAD
Non-Members: $150 CAD

Registration includes complimentary lunch.


Lisa Corrente

Lisa Corrente

Lisa Corrente is a partner at Torkin Manes LLP in Toronto. Lisa’s practice in her firm’s Health Law Group includes advising and representing health and residential care facilities. She regularly provides assistance to long-term care homes, retirement homes, group and foster home operators, and other facilities with respect to Ministry compliance matters, professional complaints and discipline proceedings, privacy and requests for access to information, residential tenancy disputes and issues concerning residents and their family members. Last summer, Lisa acted as counsel to a long-term care home during the Public Inquiry into the murders and other crimes committed by former nurse, Elizabeth Wettlaufer. As a lawyer in the firm’s Employment & Labour Group, Lisa acts extensively for clients in any issue that arises in the workplace. She deals with wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights complaints, privacy and surveillance issues and pay equity proceedings. Lisa also provides advice and assistance on employment agreements, workplace policies, severance packages and the resolution of workplace disputes. Within both her practice areas, Lisa conducts neutral workplace investigations into matters such as policy violations and employee misconduct, resident abuse and neglect, discrimination and harassment, failure to accommodate and reprisals. Lisa is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). She is the Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Health Law Section and is the Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Health Law Section.

Dr. Perry Sirota

Dr. Perry Sirota

Dr. Perry Sirota has a Masters, MBA, and a Ph. D. from Queen’s University in Clinical and Forensic Psychology with over 30 years of experience. He offers counselling, forensic assessments, training, litigation consulting and investigations. He helps organizations develop internal screening methods, workplace violence and drug policies, and management of internal crisis situations. He prepares psychological evaluations for all Court jurisdictions, and has testified about 400 times as an expert witness in the Court of Queen's Bench, Provincial Court, Family and Youth Court, and at Labour Arbitrations. He travels broadly responding to workplace threats and incidents of violence.

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