March 22, 2011

Spring 2011 Issue: Talking with Teens….Is that in my Job Description?

As a forensic interviewer, I know firsthand how difficult it is to sit in a room with a child and conduct a forensic interview. Many challenges can arise during an interview because each child is different, each circumstance is different and each conversation is different.
February 23, 2011

Volume 3, Issue 1: If I’m the Party, Where’s the Cake? The Need for Comprehensive Child-Witness Court Preparation Programs

Court preparation is beneficial for the children required to testify in a courtroom. The purpose of a child-witness court preparation program is to assist the child witness in her or his ability to testify truthfully and effectively in a courtroom
May 23, 2010

Volume 1, Issue 1: Help for All Parents: Improving Parenting and Preventing Child Maltreatment with the Act Against Violence Program

Ample research evidence has shown that prevention programs for parents and caregivers of children can reduce the risk of child abuse and prevent the recurrence of physical child abuse.
February 24, 2010

Volume 2, Issue 2: Setting Course: The Case for the Credentialing of Forensic Interviewers

In the past five years, a number of child protection leaders and organizations have held discussions or even offered proposals for the credentialing or certification of forensic interviewers
February 24, 2010

Volume 2, Issue 3: SANE Testimony in Child Sex Abuse Cases: Shedding Light, Dispelling Myths for Justice

Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) is a relatively young discipline that has served as one of the biggest leaps in criminal justice and the proper treatment of victim survivors in decades
February 24, 2010

Volume 2, Issue 4: When the Smoke Clears: Cross-Examining the Defense Expert’s Attack on a Forensic Interview

In cases of child sexual abuse in which a forensic interview is a critical part of the prosecutor’s case, defense attorneys often call a defense “expert” to critique the child’s statement and the manner in which this evidence was collected
February 24, 2010

Volume 2, Issue 5: When the Child Has Spoken: Corroborating the Forensic Interview

The historic purpose of a forensic interview it to take a child’s statement in a legally defensible manner
February 24, 2010

Volume 2, Issue 6: Vicarious Trauma In Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutors

Studies demonstrate that child protection workers, law enforcement officers, forensic interviewers and therapists can experience vicarious trauma (VT) as a result of hearing about traumatic events and helping or wanting to help someone who has suffered trauma
February 24, 2010

Volume 2, Issue 7: Setting Course: The Case for the Credentialing of Forensic Interviewers

In the past decade, a number of child protection leaders and organizations have held discussions or even offered proposals for the credentialing or certification of forensic interviewers
February 24, 2010

Volume 2, Issue 8: When It’s Time for “The Talk”: Five Tips for Discussing the Credentialing of Forensic Interviewers with Your Prosecutor

In the past decade, there has been a national debate as to whether or not forensic interviewers should develop themselves as a profession complete with standards, testing,and an ethical code