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Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation Training
Applications are currently being accepted through Tuesday, March 20, 2018. To apply, click here.
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 three 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.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training & Consultation Calls
Applications are currently being accepted through February 9, 2018. Registration is now 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.
Court Preparation for the Medical & Legal Professions
Applications are currently being accepted through December 27, 2017. To apply, click here.
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.
The 32nd Annual International San Diego Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
Presented by the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
January 28 – February 2, 2018, Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, California
The San Diego Conference focuses on multi-disciplinary best-practice efforts to prevent, if possible, or otherwise investigate, treat, and prosecute child and family maltreatment. The objective of the San Diego Conference is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in the prevention, recognition, assessment and treatment of all forms of maltreatment including those related to family violence as well as to enhance investigative and legal skills. In-depth issues include support for families, prevention, leadership, and policy-making. Translating the latest research into action is also addressed.
UPCOMING WRCAC TRAININGS
WRCAC will offer the following trainings in 2018. Please email email@example.com to add your name to our mailing list and be notified when registration opens.
Forensic Interview at Trial: Preparation and Presentation
May 22-23, 2018, San Diego, California
This two-day training is offered in partnership with the National Children’s Advocacy Center an the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. It is designed for prosecutors and forensic interviewers to attend in teams. Participants will develop skills to successfully present testimony and counter defense tactics at trial. The course utilizes didactic learning and mock forensic interviews for practice.
Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT)
Date and location pending
This training builds on the skills learned in the TF-CBT model to treat youth with problematic sexual behaviors.
CURRENT & UPCOMING PARTNER TRAININGS
Team Facilitator 2.0 Training
Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (SRCAC) will be offering Team Facilitator 2.0 in 2018. The training will allow MDT facilitators to delve much deeper into understanding their roles and applying the facilitation skills needed to help their teams succeed, resulting in improved outcomes for children who have suffered abuse and their families. Team Facilitator 2.0 will consist of two in-person trainings in Huntsville, AL, plus three web-based facilitator-led sessions that will take place in between the Huntsville sessions. Please note that this is a new training and is not a “part two” of previous Team Facilitator trainings that SRCAC has offered.
- Session 1 in Huntsville: February 13-15, 2018
- Session 2 in Huntsville: June 5-7, 2018
More information and registration will be available on the SRCAC website (srcac.org) in mid-November.
Extended Forensic Interview Training
Provided by the National Children’s Advocacy Center
October 23-25, 2018, Long Beach, California
This training introduces a model for a multi-session forensic interview of a child who is potentially a victim or witness of child abuse or other violent behaviors. An Extended Forensic Interview is appropriate for children where the results of a single interview are inconclusive or where there are serious concerns about the child’s ability to participate in a single-session interview. For more information, please visit http://www.nationalcac.org/extended-forensic-interview-training/