As many of you know, the Michigan Chapter has been working with the National Children’s Alliance to obtain approval of a forensic interview training program in Michigan that will meet requirements set forth in the NCA accreditation requirements for Children’s Advocacy Centers. As it stands now, if a forensic interviewer is trained using the Michigan approved 2 day training from the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM), they would still need to obtain additional training as the NCA accreditation standards call for 40 hours of training. This has created difficulties in Michigan as forensic interviewers leave centers and new interviewers are hired. The Michigan Chapter and PAAM have worked to develop a training program that the Chapter submitted to NCA for approval. This has been an ongoing process with addendums to the original proposal being submitted by the Chapter when NCA responded with questions or concerns about the program.
On November 30, 2011, the Chapter received a response from NCA which indicated that the program could be approved once some modifications were made to a pre and posttest and feedback form which would be used in the program. On December 7, 2011, the chapter held a webinar with PAAM and Midwest Regional CAC representatives to begin development of these final documents. It now appears that the final program will be as outlined below:
Prior to Course - CAC Participants will complete the pretest on the Chapter web site and then download required reading material from the Chapter web site. The CAC participants will be required to complete the required reading prior to the first day of class.
First day of Class - This will consist of the current first day of training that is conducted by PAAM in their forensic interview training program.
Second day of Class - This will consist off the current second day of training that is conducted by PAAM in their forensic interview training program.
Third day of Class - This will consist of a new third day of training for CAC participants who need the additional training for NCA accreditation purposes.
The above course will be conducted by PAAM and any CAC participants requiring training that meets NCA accreditation standards would have to complete the prior to course activities and attend all three days of the training. Participants who do not require training that meets NCA accreditation standards would only need to attend day one and two of the training with no pre course activities.
We expect final approval of this program by the end of this year. PAAM will then begin scheduling training based on need throughout the State. PAAM has advised the Chapter that there may be a small fee per participant for those who need the expanded training and we will keep you advised as any fee structure is finalized.