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.
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.
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
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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:
Attention: Andrea Mills
215 E. Oak St. PO Box 225
Harrison, MI 48625
If you have any questions about the training, please call Andrea Mills at the Northern Michigan Mobile CAC at 989-494-1377.