Forensic Interviewing of Children
Big Rapids Department of Public Safety - Training Room
Wednesday 13th June 2012
SPECIALIZED CHILD ABUSE TRAINING
FORENSIC INTERVIEWING OF CHILDREN
An Introduction to the Forensic Interviewing Protocol
June 13-14, 2012
Big Rapids Department of Public Safety
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Big Rapids, MI 49307
The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, Child Abuse Training Services, in cooperation with the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, Department of Human Services (DHS), and Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice (GTF), is pleased to present a regional, cross-professional Specialized Child Abuse Training seminar on the topic of Forensic Interviewing of Children. This training will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13 and conclude by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2012.
This seminar is designed for prosecuting attorneys, assistant prosecuting attorneys, CPS workers, police officers, and CAC interviewers who are involved with child abuse investigations or prosecution. The training is designed to increase your understanding of the primary features of forensic interviewing and provide information to enhance your interviewing skills. The Forensic Interviewing training provided by the Child Abuse Training Services (CATS) department within PAAM is the only DHS and GTF approved Forensic Interviewing training within the state.
Michigan’s Forensic Interviewing Protocol was developed in conjunction with the DHS and the GTF. The goal of a forensic interview is to obtain a statement from a child in a developmentally sensitive, unbiased, and truth-seeking manner that will support accurate and fair decision-making in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. Topics to be covered include:
- Preinterview preparation.
- Interviewer guidelines.
- Conducting a phased interview.
- Special topics/children with special needs.
- Guidelines for questioning children.
Please find enclosed a copy of the registration form for the seminar. There is no tuition charge or charge for materials for this seminar. Attendees are responsible for overnight accommodations, transportation, meals, and other incidental costs. If there are specific questions you would like to have addressed at the seminar, please list them on the registration form, and the questions will be provided to the speakers in advance.
Please register early since registration is limited to 30 people. When space at seminars is available, we welcome participation from professionals in addition to DHS CPS workers, law enforcement, and prosecutors.
Confirmation regarding seminar attendance will be sent out approximately 2 weeks prior to the seminar date. Please contact Jennifer Doerr if you need overnight accommodation recommendations.
Click here for a downloadable registration form