Events

This page shows meetings and events of the Michigan Chapter or other events relating to training or prevention of child abuse.  If you know of an event that should be listed on this page, please contact us with the information.



Upcoming events

    • 16 Aug 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Aug 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • Community Mental Health for Central Michigan- The Training Room, 789 North Clare Avenue, Harrison, MI 48625
    • 23

    In child abuse investigations, the single interview model is the approach currently recommended by Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs), Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and "best practice" resources throughout the US. This approach assumes a child is willing and able to discuss the allegation topic and can provide sufficient detail to inform the investigation and to support case decisions. While the single interview approach is sufficient for many children and cases, a subset of children are challenged to participate in such a focused conversation with a stranger and may benefit from more time and an expanded conversation over multiple sessions.

    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 (EFI) 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. Such children might be the very young child, a child with developmental delays or cognitive disabilities, or an extremely traumatized child. Cultural considerations may indicate a need for an EFI, rather than a single-session interview.

    The EFI Model is based on empirically-based forensic principles. Topics addressed during the EFI training are empirical evidence for multi-session forensic interviewing, overview of the NCAC EFI model, forensic questioning of children, developmental and cultural considerations, memory and suggestibility, the use of media in forensic questioning, incremental and direct approaches to substantive issues, and consideration of alternative hypotheses in forensic questioning.

    For additional information and a daily agenda for the training please click here.


    Presenter

    Linda Cordisco Steele, M. Ed, LPC- Linda is a Curriculum Chair and Senior Trainer for the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC). As a trainer for the NCAC, Linda has conducted more than 300 trainings across the U.S and abroad. She has presented workshops to local, regional, state, national and international child abuse conferences. Her areas of expertise include child forensic interviewing, child development, victim advocacy, and working within the multidisciplinary team setting. In addition to training, Linda currently conducts forensic interviews at children’s advocacy centers in Kentucky and Alabama. Linda has previously served as Clinical Director and as a forensic interviewer for three children’s advocacy centers: the Prescott House Children’s Advocacy Center in Birmingham, Alabama; the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama; and The Safehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in Albuquerque. She has also served as Clinical Director, Director of Victim Services, and Acting Executive Director of the Crisis Center of Jefferson County in Alabama. Linda has 30 years of experience in therapy and advocacy work with victims and extensive training experience regionally and nationally. Linda receives her Master’s in Education from the University of Pittsburg and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. 


    Location
    The training will be held at Community Mental Health for Central Michigan and you may use the interactive map below for driving directions.

    Community Mental Health for Central Michigan- The Training Room    
    789 North Clare Avenue    
    Harrison, MI 48625    


    Click on the location icon on the map for directions

    Payment Information
    Due to grant funding from the Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center, the training is free for MDT members from Clare and Gladwin Counties and you will need a code provided by your director to register. The cost of the training for out of area MDT members is $200.

    Registration for out of area MDT members will open soon and you can register online by clicking on the register button to the left. 

    Once you fill out the registration form you must click on the confirm button on the review and confirm page or your registration will not be accepted.  After you hit the confirm button, you will be taken to the payment page where you can choose to print out your invoice or you can select “Pay Online”.  If you choose Pay Online, you will have the option to select “Pay with my PayPal Account” or “Pay with a Debit or Credit Card”.  If you do not want to Pay with your PayPal account, Click the link “Pay with a Debit or Credit Card or PayPal Credit” which you will find under the PayPal login box.  On the next page, you will be able to choose to pay with your Debit or Credit card. Your credit card payment will show a $200 payment to the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance. If you wish to pay by check, please make the check payable to Northern Michigan Mobile CAC and mail it to the below address after you have registered online:

    NMMCAC
    Attention: Andrea Mills
    215 E. Oak St. PO Box 225
    Harrison, MI 48625 

    Additional Information
    If you have any questions about the training, please call Andrea Mills at the Northern Michigan Mobile CAC at 989-494-1377.
    • 08 Sep 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • St. Joseph, MI
    • 12

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance is coordinating regional onsite forensic interview peer review sessions across Michigan.  The purpose of these peer review sessions is to allow the participating forensic interviewers the opportunity to review forensic interview recordings in a group session, discuss specific interview techniques, and provide feedback regarding the interviews and documentation.

    Goals of the Regional Sessions:

    • To provide forensic interviewers the opportunity to network with other interviewers outside of their local area.
    • To increase the knowledge and skills of forensic interviewers.
    • To provide the opportunity to discuss forensic interviews and provide feedback regarding those interviews.
    • To improve the quality of documentation prepared after the forensic interview.

    Schedule for the Day:

    • 10:00am - Introductions
    • 10:30am - FI Peer Review
    • 12 Noon  - Lunch Provided
    • 1:00pm   - FI Peer Review
    • 2:00pm   - Challenges in Forensic Interviewing
    • 2:30pm   - Feedback & Wrap UP
    • 3:00pm   - Session Concludes

    Requirements:

    You must be a qualified forensic interviewer conducting interviews at a MINCA member Children’s Advocacy Center.

    You will make your lunch selection during the registration process.  Click Here to view descriptions of the lunch selections before registering.

    The session will be held at the following Location:


    Berrien County Council for Children
    4938 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085

    Click on the location marker on the above map for directions to the meeting location.

    • 12 Sep 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Lansing, MI

    Save the Date.

    A regular board meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance.

    Registration information and exact location of the meeting will be listed at a later date.

    Please check back here as the date approaches for additional information. Board meeting packets will be available a few days before the meeting date.




    • 04 Nov 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Lansing, MI

    Save the Date.

    A regular board meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance.

    Registration information and exact location of the meeting will be listed at a later date.

    Please check back here as the date approaches for additional information. Board meeting packets will be available a few days before the meeting date.




    • 16 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Lansing, MI
    • 12

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance is coordinating regional onsite forensic interview peer review sessions across Michigan.  The purpose of these peer review sessions is to allow the participating forensic interviewers the opportunity to review forensic interview recordings in a group session, discuss specific interview techniques, and provide feedback regarding the interviews and documentation.

    Goals of the Regional Sessions:

    • To provide forensic interviewers the opportunity to network with other interviewers outside of their local area.
    • To increase the knowledge and skills of forensic interviewers.
    • To provide the opportunity to discuss forensic interviews and provide feedback regarding those interviews.
    • To improve the quality of documentation prepared after the forensic interview.

    Schedule for the Day:

    • 10:00am - Introductions
    • 10:30am - FI Peer Review
    • 12 Noon  - Lunch Provided
    • 1:00pm   - FI Peer Review
    • 2:00pm   - Challenges in Forensic Interviewing
    • 2:30pm   - Feedback & Wrap UP
    • 3:00pm   - Session Concludes

    Requirements:

    You must be a qualified forensic interviewer conducting interviews at a MINCA member Children’s Advocacy Center.

    You will make your lunch selection during the registration process.  Click Here to view descriptions of the lunch selections before registering.

    The session will be held at the following Location:

    Small Talk CAC
    3400 Pine Tree Rd., Suite 106
    Lansing, MI 48911

    Click on the location marker on the above map for directions to the meeting location.
    • 13 Dec 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Holland, MI
    • 15

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance is coordinating regional onsite forensic interview peer review sessions across Michigan.  The purpose of these peer review sessions is to allow the participating forensic interviewers the opportunity to review forensic interview recordings in a group session, discuss specific interview techniques, and provide feedback regarding the interviews and documentation.

    Goals of the Regional Sessions:

    • To provide forensic interviewers the opportunity to network with other interviewers outside of their local area.
    • To increase the knowledge and skills of forensic interviewers.
    • To provide the opportunity to discuss forensic interviews and provide feedback regarding those interviews.
    • To improve the quality of documentation prepared after the forensic interview.

    Schedule for the Day:

    • 10:00am - Introductions
    • 10:30am - FI Peer Review
    • 12 Noon  - Lunch Provided
    • 1:00pm   - FI Peer Review
    • 2:00pm   - Challenges in Forensic Interviewing
    • 2:30pm   - Feedback & Wrap UP
    • 3:00pm   - Session Concludes

    Requirements:

    You must be a qualified forensic interviewer conducting interviews at a MINCA member Children’s Advocacy Center.

    You will make your lunch selection during the registration process.  Click Here to view descriptions of the lunch selections before registering.

    The session will be held at the following Location:

    CAC of Ottawa County
    12125 Union Street
    Holland, MI 49424


    Click on the location marker on the above map for directions to the meeting location.

    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI

    Save the Date for the MINCA Annual CAC/MDT Professional Development conference.

    Registration details and additional information will be available soon.

    Please check back here often.  Registration will open in early 2017 so please check back here often for additional information.




Past events

10 Jun 2016 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Sub-Grant Instruction Webinar
19 May 2016 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
18 Apr 2016 Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance CAC/MDT Conference
05 Apr 2016 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance VOCA Grant Training Day
17 Mar 2016 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
02 Dec 2015 MDT Response to Missing & Exploited Children
19 Nov 2015 MINCA Forensic Interview Peer Review Session
06 Nov 2015 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Annual and Board Meeting
21 Sep 2015 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
27 Aug 2015 MINCA Forensic Interview Peer Review Session
15 Jun 2015 MINCA Forensic Interview Peer Review Session
12 Jun 2015 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
20 Apr 2015 Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance CAC/MDT Conference
20 Mar 2015 Washtenaw CAC Vicarious Trauma Training
19 Mar 2015 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
30 Jan 2015 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
17 Nov 2014 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Annual Membership Meeting
12 Sep 2014 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
09 Jun 2014 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
30 Apr 2014 CAC Third Day Forensic Interview Training
28 Apr 2014 Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance CAC/MDT Conference
13 Mar 2014 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
24 Jan 2014 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
06 Dec 2013 CAC Third Day Forensic Interview Training
08 Nov 2013 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
11 Oct 2013 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
13 Sep 2013 (Meeting Canceled) MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting (Rescheduled for Oct 11, 2013)
14 Jun 2013 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
22 Apr 2013 Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance CAC/MDT Conference
21 Apr 2013 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
15 Mar 2013 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
25 Jan 2013 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
28 Nov 2012 Multi-Disciplinary Team Training
09 Nov 2012 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
20 Sep 2012 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Strategic Planning and Board Meeting
04 Sep 2012 Justice in our Communities: Investigation & Prosecution of Child Abuse
01 Jun 2012 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
23 Apr 2012 Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance CAC/MDT Conference
22 Apr 2012 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
09 Mar 2012 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
01 Feb 2012 OMS Program Training
30 Jan 2012 OMS Program Training
13 Jan 2012 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
04 Nov 2011 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
09 Sep 2011 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
04 Jun 2011 Champions4Children Walk
28 May 2011 Andre' Bosse Center Benefit Concert
13 May 2011 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
07 May 2011 Child Advocacy 5K Run/Walk
25 Apr 2011 Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance MDT Conference
11 Feb 2011 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
12 Nov 2010 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
18 Oct 2010 Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment Conference
10 Sep 2010 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
26 Aug 2010 Calhoun County Mini Golf Family Fun Day
23 Aug 2010 NDAA Strategies for Justice
09 Jul 2010 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
25 Jun 2010 Nathan Weidner CAC 15th Annual Golf Outing
23 Jun 2010 Testifying In Court
18 Jun 2010 Saginaw CAC Golf Outing
16 Jun 2010 André Bosse Centers’ Singing in the Light
16 Jun 2010 André Bosse Centers’ Community Foundation Match Day
06 Jun 2010 National Children's Alliance Leadership Conference
03 Jun 2010 Ottawa County CAC Child Abuse Golf Outing
22 May 2010 Annual TCCPCAN Golf Outing
21 May 2010 MI Chapter National Children's Alliance Board Meeting
20 May 2010 Kalamazoo Roof Sit to Stop Child Abuse
14 May 2010 West Michigan Conference on the Multi-Disciplinary Response to Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect

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