ChildFirst™ Mississippi is presented by the Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi in collaboration with the National Child Protection Training Center. ChildFirst™ Mississippi is a permanent training academy, which teaches professionals from various disciplines, in an intensive 40-hour training, how to effectively interview children regarding allegations of abuse.
This course provides child abuse professionals a comprehensive introduction to a forensic interview process designed to improve their ability to effectively and reliably interview children about sexual abuse. Topics include:
• Effective Interviewing
• Process of Disclosure
• Questioning Children and Process of Inquiry
• Cultural Competency and the Interview Process
• Forensic Interview Model
• Child Development
• Hearsay and the Child Victim
• Preparing the Child Witness for Court
• Potential Blocks in the Interview
• Multidisciplinary Teams and the Interview Process
Seating in each Child First class is limited to a small number of students. Each student will be given a written examination at the end of the course and the examination must be passed in order to complete the course. In addition, each student will be expected to complete role-play interviews as part of the learning experience.
Observers will identify on the application why they want to observe the course, will have a personal call with the course organizer about expectations, and will receive a certificate for the course topics observed. CAC Forensic Interviewers who have previously successfully completed RATAC training or ChildFirst training, can apply to attend as a “refresher” at a discounted cost of $250.00.
Who Should Attend: This course is designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protection attorneys and forensic interviewers who are part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Location: CACM Office, 1675 Lakeland Drive, Suite 402, Jackson, Mississippi
Application and payment deadline is September 23, 2017. Fee increases to $550.00 for any application or payment received after September 23, 2017.
*Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi, SWB13002, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapist; Approved Period: October 1, 2015-October 1, 2017. Social workers will receive 22 continuing education clock hours, including 1 ethics hour in participating in this course (General: 20 hour, Ethics: 1).
*35 Law Enforcement Hours have been approved by MDPS Office Standards and Training
*18 CLEs including 1 ethics credit has been approved by the MS Commission on Continuing Legal Education