San Fernando Valley Local Circle Meeting
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When: Friday, July 10, 2020
10 AM
Where: Zoom Videoconference
Contact: Jay Sherman

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Panel Discussion: Trauma Informed Interviewing and Credibility Assessment

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This meeting is eligible for continuing education credits:

  • California MCLE– 1.0 Credit (Approved)
  • SHRM – 1.0 PDC (Approved)

Program Description:

Trauma can take many forms, and interviewing trauma survivors about the trauma they have experienced is different than interviewing other witnesses. Changes that occur in the brain and body during a trauma affect memory, so a survivor’s recollection of events may be disjointed, incomplete and inconsistent. During this program, a neuropsychologist will explain these processes so investigators better understand how to minimize harm and maximize the information they gather in survivor interviews. Experienced workplace investigators will also discuss special considerations that may apply when assessing trauma survivor credibility.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Improve feelings of safety for a witness who is a trauma survivor.
  • Overcome some limitations of remote interviewing.
  • Elicit increased information from trauma survivors.
  • Understand the special considerations that may apply when assessing trauma survivor credibility.


Anne GarrettAnne Garrett, Esq., AWI-CH
With over twenty years of experience as a labor and employment lawyer, Ms. Garrett has conducted numerous workplace investigations at worksites ranging from large public utilities and Fortune 500 companies to smaller non-profits and family-owned businesses. Ms. Garrett founded her law firm in 2017, where she focuses her practice on workplace investigations. She has also worked pro bono with domestic violence survivors for over a decade. Additionally, Ms. Garrett chairs the AWI Weekly Committee and is an AWI Certificate Holder.

Dana Chidekel, PhD Dana Chidekel, PhD
Dr. Chidekel is board certified in pediatric and adult neuropsychology. She maintains a clinical, diagnostic practice for children and adults. She also serves as an expert witness in civil, employment, educational, probate, and class action matters involving medical malpractice, personal injury (including traumatic brain injury), capacity, undue influence, neurodevelopmental disorders, special education, and trauma.

Jay Sherman, Esq., AWI-CH Jay Sherman, Esq., AWI-CH
After practicing law for almost two decades as a business litigator, in 1997 Mr. Sherman shifted his career to HR management, where he conducted numerous workplace investigations. In 2014 he started his own law firm devoted exclusively to performing workplace investigations. Mr. Sherman has been a presenter at AWI’s annual conference, has been published in the AWI Journal and is the convener for AWI’s San Fernando Valley local circle. He is also an AWI Certificate Holder.

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