Forensic Interviewer at Trial - Gundersen Health System
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Forensic Interviewer at Trial

This course is designed for teams of two, consisting of one attorney and one forensic interviewer. Teams will learn to work together in preparation for a child abuse trial. The course combines lectures and practical court exercises to enhance the ability of the forensic interviewer and prosecutor or civil child protection attorney to defend the forensic interview and multidisciplinary team investigation from attacks by the defense.

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Agenda

Day One

Time Title
8:30 – 9 a.m. Welcome and introductions
9 – 10:30 a.m. Child abuse interviews - an overview
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Testifying in court
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Observe forensic interview
2:45 – 3 p.m. Break
3 – 4:30 p.m. Evaluating children’s interview statements
4:30 – 5 p.m. Team meetings/Witness preparation

Day Two

Time Title
8 – 9:30 a.m. Current research
9:30 – 9:40 a.m. Exercise overview
9:40 – 9:55 a.m. Break
9:55 – 11:55 a.m. Workshop: Forensic interviewer direct exam (exercise)
11:55 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. Lunch break
1:05 – 3:05 p.m. Workshop: Forensic interviewer cross examination (exercise)
3:05 – 3:20 p.m. Break
3:20 – 4:50 p.m. The forensic interviewer as an expert witness
4:50 – 5 p.m. Review & wrap-up

Day Three

Time Title
8 – 9:30 a.m. When the smoke clears: Cross-examination of the expert and non-expert witness
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 – 11:30 a.m. Workshop: Redirect of the forensic interviewer (exercise)
11:30 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Lunch break
12:35 – 2:05 p.m. Corroborating the forensic interviewer
2:05 – 2:20 p.m. Break
2:20 – 4:30 p.m. Workshop: Cross examination of the expert witness (exercise)
4:40 – 5 p.m. Course debriefing and closing remarks
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