Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation
Dates: May 22-23, 2018
Location: The Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, California
Andra Chamberlin, National Children’s Advocacy Center
Edward Chase, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Mary Sawicki, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Linda Steele, National Children’s Advocacy Center
This innovative trial advocacy training is designed for prosecutors and forensic interviewers as they work together to hone specific trial advocacy skills necessary to successfully present testimony and strategically counter common defense tactics during child abuse trials. Training methods include lecture and audience discussion, review of recorded forensic interviews, experiential skill-building exercises, and participation in mock court. Each participant will receive a training manual and access to additional training materials online.
Learning Objectives: As a result of this training, participants will:
- Gain valuable knowledge about effective forensic interviewer preparation for direct and cross examination by attending this training as a team of a prosecutor and forensic interviewer and participating jointly in practical exercises, group preparation, lectures and faculty feedback;
- Gain insight into meeting common untrue defenses in child abuse cases; and
- Gain insight into the trial techniques and rules of evidence concerning forensic interviewer expert witness qualification and direct and cross examination of a forensic interviewer at trial.
Training Participants: This training is limited to sixteen, two-member teams (or a total of 32 participants) that include one prosecutor and one forensic interviewer from the same children’s advocacy center or children’s justice center. Individual applicants will not be accepted.
Training Fees: There is no fee to attend this training. WRCAC will provide two nights of lodging at the Town and Country Hotel for each participant. Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.
Continuing Education Credits. WRCAC is in the process of securing continuing education credits for this training.
Applications are no longer being accepted.
Dates: December 5-7, 2017 (2.5 days)
Location: Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, California
Trainers: John Alderson, Resources for Change Inc., and Kori Stephens, Midwest Regional CAC
Every multidisciplinary team presents its own unique dynamics, strengths and challenges. Individuals who facilitate multidisciplinary teams must possess a wide array of skills to foster relationships, build trust, cultivate participatory discussion and decision making and ultimately assist the team in fulfilling their mission. This training is catered towards individuals who are tasked with the responsibility of team facilitation and will provide insight into strategies for identifying challenges and barriers that impact case outcomes and tools for overcoming these challenges and addressing conflict.
As a result of this training participants will be able to:
- Create a safe environment that promotes participatory discussion among multidisciplinary team members
- Assist their multidisciplinary team in identifying and addressing challenges/barriers that impact case outcomes
- Lead team members to make collaborative decisions
- Effectively communicate their role as team facilitator
Training Participants: This training is limited to 20 participants and, due to high demand, only one individual from each CAC may apply. The training is intended for CAC staff or MDT members who are responsible for coordinating team activities, facilitating case review, and ensuring the successful functioning of their team. Participants must attend the training in its entirety.
Training Fees: There is no fee to attend this training. WRCAC will provide three nights of lodging at the Town and Country Hotel for each participant. Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.
Court Preparation for the Medical & Legal Professions
Applications are currently closed.
Dates: February 27 – March 1, 2018 (2.5 days)
Location: The Handlery, San Diego, California
Trainers: Justin Fitzsimmons, J.D., SEARCH; Antoinette Laskey, M.D., Center for Safe and Healthy Families, University of Utah; Mark Hudson, M.D., Midwest Children’s Resource Center and Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center; and Suzanne Starling, M.D., Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
The Court Preparation for the Medical & Legal Professions Training is designed to build the knowledge and skills of medical providers and prosecutors who respond to, treat and investigate the physical and sexual abuse of children. The training addresses the respective roles of medical providers and prosecutors with regard to evidence collection and prepares each to elicit and provide unbiased, expert testimony in subsequent criminal court proceedings.
As a result of this healthcare participants will be able to:
- Develop a diagnostic approach to the medical management of the potentially abused child
- Effectively communicate with non-healthcare community professional partners like child protection services, law enforcement and lawyers
- Understand the scope of their practice and be able to communicate effectively in a legal setting regarding their training, experience and clinical decision-making in cases of suspected abuse
Legal professionals will be able to:
- Understand medical consultant reports about victims of child maltreatment
- Develop a strategy for effectively presenting medical expert witness testimony
- Be familiar with common defense theories regarding different forms of child maltreatment
Training Participants: This training is limited to sixteen, two-member teams (or a total of 32 participants) that include the following:
- One healthcare provider (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, sexual assault nurse examiner or physician assistants) who provides medical evaluations for suspected victims of child abuse; this training is not designed for nurses or other healthcare providers whose role is to assist the examiner; and
- One prosecutor or child protection attorney handling criminal cases of child abuse.
Priority will be given to applications representing both the healthcare provider and the prosecutor from the same multi-disciplinary team (MDT); however, as space permits, individual MDT members who fulfill these roles may also attend the training.
Training Fees: There is no fee to attend this training. WRCAC will provide three nights of lodging at the Handlery for each participant. Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.
Continuing Education Credits. WRCAC is in the process of securing continuing education credits for both medical and legal professionals.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Applications are currently being accepted through February 9, 2018. Registration is Closed.
Dates: April 12-13, 2018
Location: Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station, Portland, Oregon
Trainers: Benjamin A. Sigel, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based form of therapy specifically adapted for children (ages 3-18) who have experienced trauma and who are having significant emotional and/or behavioral problems related to their traumatic life events. The goal of this in-person, two-day training is to prepare clinicians to begin the practice of TF-CBT. All training attendees are expected to participate in semi-monthly consultation calls for six months following the in-person training and make TF-CBT presentations of appropriate clients.
Learning Objectives: As a result of this training, participants will:
- Identify ways that traumatic experiences have the potential to impact child development and health throughout the lifespan
- Cite at least two key research studies that demonstrate the potential impacts of childhood trauma on the lifespan
- Explain why trauma-informed care is vital and distinguish between traditional mental health treatment and trauma-informed care
- Describe the nature of the research that supports the efficacy of TF-CBT
- Identify and define each component of the TF-CBT model
- Recognize the importance of respectful and empowering client engagement in the treatment process
- Understand the rationale behind each TF-CBT component and be able to use at least 3 tools or strategies for each of the model’s components
- Access and practice trauma-focused assessment tools
Training Participants: This training is for masters-level mental-health clinicians and graduate students who are currently seeing clients who have experienced trauma. The maximum training size is 36 participants, with a maximum of 12 participants per consultation call. Participants of this training are required to complete the online TF-CBT web-based learning course in advance of the in-person training by visiting www.musc.edu/tfcbt2 and clicking “register.” A certificate of completion of the online training must be submitted to WRCAC prior to attending the training.
Training Fees: There is no fee to attend this training. WRCAC will provide two nights of lodging at the Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station for each participant. Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.