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Testifying in court is a process that can cause anxiety, even for the most seasoned professional. Understanding how to discuss the forensic interview protocol, our multidisciplinary team processes and the research that supports them is a critical skill. This training will discuss commonly broached topics in the court process, how to practically prepare for court, how to defend practice in
This workshop provides prosecutors with a comprehensive overview of jury selection purposes and strategies, including pre-voir dire investigative tips, developing an authentic approach to juries, addressing juror myths, building case themes in child abuse cases, sample questions, and related closing considerations.
Many maltreated children are spiritually impacted by abuse and require a coordination of medical, mental health, and spiritual care. This presentation examines this research and explores creative reforms for bringing faith and child protection communities together to protect children and address their needs. The workshop also explores how MDTs can recognize and respond to spiritual injuries before, during and after
It is incumbent on teams and interviewers to prepare our forensic interview process to meet the needs of the child sitting before us in the interview room. This training will discuss issues of accessibility in the forensic interview process with regard to language facilitation and the use of interpreters in the forensic interview.
This workshop provides prosecutors and multidisciplinary team members with an understanding of polyvictimization, with an emphasis on the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse. The presentation will also discuss the effects of domestic violence on children, protective factors, screening considerations, and implications for investigation and prosecution.
The purpose of this presentation is to inform audience members about major advances in terms of evidence collection and processing as it relates to instances of child homicide, child sexual abuse, and other forms of child abuse and neglect. Discussions pertaining to advances in the field will be addressed, alongside criticisms of the field and concerns for the future landscape
While the practice of using of dolls and diagrams is sometimes seen contentious in the field of forensic interviewing, research shows the appropriate use of dolls and diagrams within the guidance of a nationally recognized protocol can increase forensically relevant information and accuracy within the forensic interview. This training will summarize relevant research on dolls and diagrams, provide an overview
In this workshop, students learn of institutional dynamics that may allow child abuse to flourish. Applying this knowledge, students will be given concrete steps for policy and training reform and the need to develop stronger relationships between MDTs, faith communities, and youth serving organizations
The field of child abuse and maltreatment exposes practitioners to secondary traumatic stress and the forensic interview is where the most intimate and detailed accounts of this abuse and maltreatment are gathered. This training discusses the importance of self-care for the forensic interviewer and how individuals, organizations and systems can best support frontline professionals.
The tragedy of youth sexually abusing other children is frequently encountered by prosecutors and forensic interviewers, yet it poses significant and persistent challenges. This workshop provides pertinent research and strategies for the effective, appropriate intervention and prosecution of juvenile offenders.
In this workshop, students receive an overview of the use of religion in justifying slavery, segregation and other oppressive practices. Students will also see the seeds of these teachings in modern day conspiracy theories. Armed with this knowledge, students will receive practical suggestions for addressing this aspect of historical trauma.
A child just disclosed sexual abuse to you. What do you tell the child? Do you know your legal obligations? How can you respond without jeopardizing criminal investigations and the child’s safety? This workshop, presented by a former prosecutor, addresses several hypotheticals, discusses trauma-informed best practices for interacting with abused and neglected children, and reviews mandatory reporting law.
This workshop equips prosecutors with strategies to prepare forensic interviewers for trial and maximize the utility and effectiveness of their testimony. Attendees will learn how to construct the direct examination of a forensic interviewer, with an emphasis on forensic interview admissibility considerations and how interviewer testimony sets up the cross-examination of defense experts. The presentation concludes with ten areas for
This training discusses the purposeful integration of courthouse facility dogs in the forensic interview process. Topics covered include an explanation of the role of courthouse facility dogs, the appropriate use of facility dogs and considerations and potential challenges surrounding the intersection of courthouse facility dogs and the forensic interview process.
A significant body of research finds that many abused children are impacted spiritually or have religious questions pertaining to the maltreatment. Failing to address these questions may impact a child physically and emotionally. In addition to reviewing this research, the keynote proposes strategies for MDTs to address these issues and to develop effective collaborations with faith communities.
Self-care should be an individual priority, but it can not be achieved without support from your professional and personal communities. True self-care requires support and resources from leadership. This workshop provides an overview of the research on the vicarious trauma of working with families impacted by trauma. There will be opportunities to self-assess how your professional community is helping in
The workshop uses current research to help the audience move past many of the myths that are repeated in this sound bite topic and into actual facts. This presentation focuses on what works when talking to children and teens about personal safety. In the last twenty years, the research has helped us move away from HOW a child knows a
In this workshop students will learn of the importance of effective strategies and themes for opening statements and closing arguments in child abuse cases. Students will learn a theme for presenting their case. They will learn specific arguments to persuade a jury that a child is telling the truth. They will learn to debunk common defenses in child abuse cases.
In this workshop, students will learn the keys to a successful cross-examination. They will learn how to prepare and gain a thorough understanding of the case including the evidence to be presented by both sides, drafting cross-examination topics and questions, and understanding the limitations of cross-examination. Finally, students will learn concrete examples of how to box the witness into a
This training will discuss strategies for organizing forensic interviews with young children, specifically looking at what to do when multiple forms of maltreatment or multiple incidents are disclosed within the same interview. It will also cover linguistic strategies for interviewing young children.