Advanced Issues in Forensic Interviewing - Gundersen Health System
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Advanced Issues in Forensic Interviewing

The field of forensic interviewing is forever evolving. We have learned much about best practice, new emerging research, and a consensus on forensic interview protocols. There is nothing like sitting in a room with a child who has potentially experienced some form of maltreatmentt and wondering if you are handling the process focusing on the child first, your purpose, and if you can legally defend your process. All interviewers are challenged in many different ways and all children are different. Because of this, there is not one right way to interview all children. It takes a unique blend of ART and SCIENCE to be an effective interviewer.

Advanced Issues in Forensic Interviewing will allow new and experienced the opportunity to learn together from experts in the field. Create an agenda of advanced topics that best meets your training needs on a date and location convenient for your team. This training is designed for forensic interviewers who have successfully completed a basic forensic interview training and are actively conducting forensic interviews.

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Agenda Topics

  • Expanded forensic interviews
  • Interviewing reluctant children
  • Interviewing victims of trafficking
  • Shadow children: Addressing child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation within the family
  • What question do I ask next?...Breaking down our forensic interviewing questions
  • The ChildFirst® forensic interview process: Considerations and techniques for holistic interviews of victims of abuse and trauma
  • Forensic interviews with young children
  • ChildFirst® EX: Overview
  • Defending the forensic interview in court
  • Corroborating evidence within the scope of the forensic interview: Wait, I’m not an investigator, so what does that even mean?
  • Preparing children for court
  • Peer review and mentoring for forensic interviews
  • Preparing our children for our process
  • Understanding the importance of narrative practice (Episodic/Script memory)
  • Overcoming difficult situations in forensic interviews
  • Interviewing children with development challenges
  • Forensic interviews with adolescents
  • What is all the debate about?.....The use of anatomical dolls and diagrams in the forensic interview
  • Assessing children’s statements
  • Forensic interviewers working with their prosecutor
  • Understanding and defending recantation in cases of child abuse
  • Recording technology and child interviews
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