Since 1986, Karen L. Brajenovich has been active in the counseling,
mediation/facilitation, disability management, and CA Worker's Compensation industries. She has owned and operated K.
L. Brajenovich Consulting since 1991.
She holds a Master's degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution,
and Peacebuilding from Cal State Univ., Dominguez Hills; a Master's degree through Universidad de Granada, Spain and San
José State University in Spanish and Latin American Studies; and a double
Bachelor's degree in International Business Management and Spanish from San José State Univ. She has completed
hundreds of continuing education hours in the areas of: conflict transformation, disability management, ergonomics, human
resource management, worker's compensation, counseling, psychology, labor market research, bullying, harassment, and elder
care. She has mastered additional subject knowledge in
real estate, finance, and estate management.
She is certified as a: Professional Mediator by U.C. Berkeley and County
of Santa Clara; Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by Society For HR Management; Professional Disability Manager
(CPDM) by Insurance Educational Assoc.; and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor
Certification. She's listed with the Dept. of Industrial Relations as an Independent Vocational Evaluator, Small Business
Evaluator, and Vocational Return-to-Work Counselor.
She serves since 2009 with the Santa Clara County Office
of Mediation & Ombuds Services as a County-certified bilingual Juvenile Welfare Ombuds, Mediation Trainer, and Superior
Court & Community Mediator. Her experience covers hundreds of disputes & conflicts in the areas of:
Civil Harassment/Bullying, Workplace Violence, Landlord-Tenant, Juvenile Welfare, Business & Commerce, Family
& Probate, Parent-Teen, Victim-Offender, and Community Relations for English & Spanish speakers. She served as
a Curriculum Developer & Instructor for the CREST scholastic conflict resolution program.
in California, México, and Central America, she has assisted in thousands of cases with post injury counseling &
consultation, medical and disability case management, mediation/facilitation, and work transition; written hundreds of job
analyses and job descriptions, both pictorial and video graphic; and provided litigation support and expert court testimony
in dozens of worker's compensation, wrongful termination, discrimination, divorce, estate, and personal injury litigated
She is a member with various conflict resolution, disability management, worker's compensation,
and HR industry professional groups, and strives to stay current on California and Federal disability and HR benefit
Karen is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish. She exhibits a strong ability for analysis and
reason of complex subject matter, and is able to help others quickly get to the heart of most issues. As a very empathetic
and compassionate listener, she is focused on helping others to creatively bring about their best personal solution in the
quickest and most economical fashion. She takes pride in being fair, honest, and ethical.