A trauma-informed investigation takes into account different conditions such as shock, denial, memory loss, or withdrawal that may interfere with the interviewee’s ability to clearly articulate their experience. Investigators are missing the opportunity to solicit the most objective version of a reporting party’s story if they do not consider developing a fact-finding strategy that is also trauma-informed.
Join us online to learn how to create a safe space for all parties in the high stakes of a trauma case. Creating this environment through carefully chosen words and actions will help you elicit better responses that lead to more productive investigations.
Why This Training Is Important
Grounded in research, Title IX investigators will be introduced to some of the neurobiological responses that are triggered when a person endures trauma and how this can affect having to recall their experiences during an investigation. The neurobiology of trauma can be complicated and difficult to recognize but is paramount in regards to maintaining the integrity of an investigation.
As part of your registration, you will receive access to short videos and other resources that will offer your team a foundational understanding of bias. These resources will cover the concepts more generally (not just in relation to Title IX investigations) and help you and your team get the conversation started around these topics. By reviewing these resources before the webcast, you’ll be prepared to discuss the intersection between bias and investigations affected by trauma during the live session.
Who Should Attend
If you have a role in sexual misconduct or trauma cases on campus, you will benefit from this webcast.
During this webcast, we’ll offer specific language / verbiage suggestions to help you build rapport and ask better questions during trauma-informed investigations.
We’ll also offer research-based suggestions of how you can close gaps in your cases in ways that build trust and account for the particular neurobiology of trauma.
Cheryl Wayne, M.Ed., JD, Title IX Investigator, DePaul University