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Trauma-Informed: Applying the Science in the Interview Room

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Credibility |  External Investigators |  Internal Investigators |  Interviewing |  Trauma
Liz DeChellis
1.5 Hours
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Mar 17, 2021
Never expires.


In this session, you will learn what a trauma-informed interviewing approach means and the practicalities of implementing such an approach.  We will explore how trauma-informed interview techniques help us obtain more accurate information with better details, while also ensuring a safe environment for the interviewee.  We will discuss how the techniques play out in actual interviews, how you might reframe questions and approach, and how you can challenge your own biases and preconceived notions as you navigate the interview.  Finally, we will spend time discussing credibility assessments and findings using a trauma-informed lens. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Generate and ask trauma-informed questions
  2. Create a safe environment for interviewees
  3. Build trust with interviewees while maintaining your role as a neutral investigator
  4. Identify how (and if) trauma-informed considerations play out in your Investigative Report


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. 

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your webinar registration and do so on or before Monday, March 15, your webinar registration fee will be refunded. To cancel your registration, email Julia Renner at There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, March 15.



California MCLEs: 1.5



Liz DeChellis's Profile

Liz DeChellis


Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation

Liz DeChellis, AWI-CH, is a Partner and Title IX Program Director with Van Dermyden Makus Law Corporation. Her practice focuses on conducting workplace and Title IX campus investigations with a specific focus on sexual harassment claims. Liz frequently serves as a Hearing Officer in Title IX campus sexual harassment and sexual assault cases. She also serves as an expert in evaluating Title IX and sexual harassment matters. Liz graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 2012 and earned an undergraduate degree from UC Davis. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Liz’s practice focuses on workplace and campus investigations into such claims as sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, improper governmental activities, and Title IX allegations.  She is trained in conducting Trauma Informed Forensic interviews and serves on the faculty of T9 Mastered, a training program for college and school district officials involved in Title IX compliance and investigation.