Intent versus Impact: Examining and Improving Interactions with Child Victims and Their Non-Offending Caregivers

Course Description

This presentation will examine the various types of interactions MDT professionals may have with child victims, non-offending caregivers and the community throughout the course of a child abuse investigation. It will highlight the differences in approach, intent and strategies employed during each of these varied interactions. Using case studies, concrete examples and research, this presentation will provide strategies for engaging with these populations in an intentional way, with a focus on balancing investigative needs and the benefits of rapport-building and affirmative interactions. Other topics that will be covered include examining intent versus impact in interactions with children and families and suggestions for improving communication amongst MDT professionals and forensic interviewers.

Learning Objectives

1. Examine the differences in approach, intent and strategies employed during the types of interactions MDT professionals may have with child victims, non-offending caregivers, and the community.

2. Highlight the importance of balancing investigative needs with the benefits of rapport-building and affirmative interactions.

3. Provide strategies for improving communication with child victims, non-offending caregivers and the community.

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