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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Violence Investigations
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Length: 1 Hour

Reported incidents of workplace violence are on the rise.  Throughout Canada, provincial legislatures are beginning to require more significant responses to violence in the workplace and on university and college campuses.   However, understanding the effects of trauma on a complainant and the implications for the investigation can be complicated.  Therefore, in order to conduct effective investigations into alleged violence, it is crucial that investigators are trained on and employ principles and practices that are trauma-informed. Whether you are an internal or external investigator, this webinar will provide insight on how to incorporate principles of a trauma-informed approach into your investigative practices. 

This webinar will give an overview of: 

  • The concept of trauma and its effects on complainants;
  • Principles and procedures of a trauma-informed process;
  • Best practices of a trauma-informed intake and investigation, including interviewing parties and witnesses, analyzing evidence and report writing; and
  • How to avoid trauma-inducing practices.

Disclaimer: The contents of this webinar and the positions taken are those of the presenter only, may be time sensitive, and are not warranted, endorsed or otherwise recommended by AWI and are not intended to provide legal advice.  

Lisa Corrente, Torkin Manes LLP Barristers & Solicitors

Lisa Corrente is a partner at Torkin Manes LLP where she practices employment law and health law. She acts extensively for clients in wrongful dismissal litigation and human rights
complaints. Ms. Corrente also advises and represents health care facilities and health
professionals with respect to Ministry compliance matters, professional complaints and
discipline proceedings, privacy, and issues concerning residents and their family members.
Within both her practice areas, she 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. Ms. Corrente is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, and the Canadian Association of Workplace Investigators. She is also the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Health Law Section. Ms. Corrente obtained her JD from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Alana Sharpe

Alana Sharpe is a manager of Workplace Harassment and Discrimintation Prevention at Metrolinx. She was previously internal workplace investigator at Walmart Canada and managed the Human Rights & Equity office at Brock University where she developed the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy with a particular focus on a survivor-centric approach to addressing sexual violence on campus. She has extensive experience developing human rights policies and resolving and investigating human rights complaints. Ms.Sharpe holds a BA in Sociology and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a JD from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Association of Workplace investigators, and the Canadian Association of Workplace Investigators. She is a graduate of the 2016 AWI Institute in Niagara on the Lake.


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