• June 2006
  • Vol. 7, No. 5

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Forensic Interviewing for Sexual Abuse

Agencies are invited to submit applications for training presented by the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA). Finding Words—Half a Nation by 2010 is an NCPCA initiative to train multidisciplinary teams across the States in the principles of forensic interviewing of children who have been sexually abused. The course follows the Finding Words model developed in collaboration with CornerHouse, a child sexual abuse evaluation and training facility in Minnesota. The goal is to train half of the States by 2010.

The target audience for the training course includes prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and child protective caseworkers who work as teams to develop the capacity for expert forensic interviewing within a State. Details about the content of the course, the training process, and application procedures are presented in a packet that is available online:

http://www.ndaa-apri.org/pdf/half_nation_application_06.pdf (link no longer available)

NCPCA, in conjunction with the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), also offers a number of courses in investigation and prosecution of child abuse:

www.ndaa-apri.org/education/ndaa/child_abuse_training_schedule.html (link no longer available)

Both NCPCA and NCPTC are projects of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI).

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