Protecting the Mental Wellbeing of Corporate Investigators: Preventing, Mitigating, and Responding to Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma


Vicarious trauma is a type of second-hand psychological response most often associated with first responders and front-line crisis workers. Although corporate incident investigators and HR and compliance professionals are usually not the first on the scene, they frequently find themselves listening to both victims and accused people who recount what could be the worst days of their professional lives.

There is no doubt that the case management process can be stressful and sometimes triggering for those who are managing it. The personal and organizational impacts can include compromised risk assessment and investigations, investigator burnout and absenteeism, and a less healthy workplace overall.

Join expert workplace investigator Ken McCarthy as he shares his experience with vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue resulting from his involvement in workplace investigations.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to assess trauma risks to investigators, HR, and compliance professionals and business leaders
  • How to implement measures that prevent, mitigate, and respond to compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
  • How best practices in case management can help to ease the emotional burden on investigators

Webinar Presenter

Kenneth McCarthy

Ken is a former executive from the Canada Border Services Agency, where during the final 10 years of his career, he led a workplace investigations program for a workforce of over 15,000 employees. He provided executive oversight in more than 500 workplace investigations and has designed and delivered investigation training sessions to over 500 front-line managers.
Ken has seen the devastating consequences of workplace harassment, violence, and fraud on individuals and organizations, from issues related to mental health, absenteeism, and presenteeism; to organizational reputation damage and financial losses. He set out to make a difference by founding Integrity By McCarthy Inc.
Ken is also a member of the investigation unit for the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner of Canada, under the Abuse Free Sport program, which aims to eliminate maltreatment in sport in all Canadian federally funded sports organizations, from grassroots to high performance levels.

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