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ChildFirst Mississippi Forensic Interview and Court Preparation Training

ChildFirst of Mississippi

is presented by Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi in collaboration with Zero Abuse Project.

When: June 29 - July 3, 2020
Time: 8:00 - 5:00 pm daily
Where:Children's Advocacy Center of Mississippi
1675 Lakeland Drive, Suite 503, Jackson, MS 39216

ChildFirstâ„¢ 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 and prepare children to testify in court.

**This course is restricted to members of child abuse multidisciplinary teams only.

This course provides child abuse multidiscplinary teams with a comprehensive introduction to a forensic interview process designed to improve their ability to effectively and reliably interview children about all forms of abuse, while also learning how to prepare the interviewer and child for court testimony.

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
  • Corroboration
  • Potential Blocks in the Interview
  • Multidisciplinary Teams and the Interview Process
Class Size:

Seating in each Child First class is limited to 25 students.

Class Completion Requirements

Attendees have an option between two certificates:

Observer Certificate - for Guardian Ad Litems, judges, etc... who want to get a better understanding of the interview protocol and will not be conducting forensic interviews.

Requirements for this certificate: attending all classroom lectures Monday - Thursday.There is no test or mock interview required for this certificate. Certificate will read particpant has "observed" the training. These participants will NOT be able to conduct interviews with this certificate.

Completion Certificate - for forensic interviewers, law enforcement, prosecutors or other team members who will conduct forensic interviews on a regular basis.

Requirements for this certificate: attending all classroom lectures, passing an exam AND completing a peer reviewed mock simulated forensic interview with an abused child (actor). These participants will be able to conduct forensic interviews with this certificate.

Who Should Attend:

Members of a Multidisciplinary Team Responding to Child Abuse

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June 29 - July 3, 2020

1675 Lakeland Drive Suite 503 Jackson, Ms 39216

Registration is NOW open for Multidisciplinary Team Members to sign up for our ChildFirst Forensic Interviewing course. This training is limited to 25 people and is restricted to multidisciplinary task force members. Please click on the registration link below to register.

Registration Fee:
$550.00 per attendee, $575.00 after March 27, 2020

Registration Ends:
2020-06-12 16:54:12

Contact Name:
Lisa Kwasinski, Program Manager

Contact Phone:

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Register Link:
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