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Advanced FI Training & Peer Review: "Testifying as an Expert Witness"

  • 11 Oct 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • CAC of Ottawa County, 12125 Union Street, Holland, MI



Advanced Forensic Interview Training
& Expert Peer Review: 
"Testifying as an Expert Witness"

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9:30- 12:30pm - Advanced FI Workshop: "Testifying as an Expert Witness"

12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch with Presenter Q&A

1:30 - 4:30pm - Peer Review Facilitated by Presenter(s)

Forensic Interview Specialist, Amy S. Allen of Homeland Security Investigations and Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Deborah Carley from the Attorney General’s Office of Michigan will provide a training on testifying as an expert witness in court.  This training will be focused on testifying as an expert on the cases where you have conducted a forensic interview of a child in your center.  The presenters will provide scenarios, actual question and answer format and take questions from the trainees on experiences that they have encountered in court either from a prosecutor or defense counsel.

Presenters: Amy Allen (HSI) & Deborah Carley (Attorney General's Office)

Amy Allen has degrees in Behavioral Science and Psychology with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.  Over the last 24 years Amy has become an expert in forensic interviewing and its national and international protocols conducting over 6000 forensic interviews and testifying in court on over 300 occasions as an expert witness.

Amy was the Director and Lead Forensic Interviewer in Oakland County from 1993-2008. In 2008, Amy took a job with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Forensic Interview Specialist.  With DHS she works cases involving child exploitation, human trafficking and human rights violations.  Amy lectures frequently to law enforcement, children’s protective services, judges, and the community on child exploitation and human trafficking. 

Amy was invited in 2007 by The Department of Justice to travel to the Republic of Moldova to assist in the writing of legislation for four neighboring countries on child abuse crimes.  Amy has been to Rwanda to interview victims of the 1994 genocide and recently to Cambodia, South Africa, Manila, Cebu, Cameroon, England and Haiti to interview victims on child sex tourism cases.

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Where: Children's Advocacy Center of Ottawa County, 12125 Union Street, Holland, MI

Who: CAC staff and MDT members that regularly conduct forensic interviews at a CAC are welcome to attend.

Cost: $17 (Includes boxed lunch, coffee, water, & snack as well as certificate of attendance!)

If you are traveling 50+ miles to attend this training, you are eligible for a hotel room paid for by CACMI on the night before the training. Depending on the demand and need for hotel rooms, CAC's may be limited to only one paid room per CAC. Please indicate your interest in being considered for a hotel room on the registration form. CACMI will contact you with the details of your hotel reservation. 

If you are requesting a hotel room, YOU MUST REGISTER AND MAKE PAYMENT BY SEPTEMBER 23 at 5PM!

If you are not requesting a hotel room, YOU MUST REGISTER AND MAKE PAYMENT BY OCTOBER 9 at 5PM!

Cancellation: If you need to cancel your registration,  please email us at admin@cacmi.org. Cancellation must be made by October 9 at 5pm in order to receive a refund.

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