The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (NMCSAP) is proud to present two 90-minute workshops with national trainer and forensic interview expert, Rita Farrell.
Both of these free, 90-minute workshops are designed for Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Team Members, Rural Forensic Interviewers, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), Investigators, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Child Protective Services, Victim and Disability Advocates and other criminal justice providers. You may attend one or both of these workshops.
1. Developing Effective Multidisciplinary Teams, “Playing Nice in the Sandbox”
To be conducted August 18, 2020 from 10:00am to 11:30am.
This workshop summarizes the history of developing MDTs in the United States and then, armed with that history, discusses the ten greatest challenges facing MDTs today and offers concrete suggestions for MDTs in meeting these challenges
• Students will gain a better understanding of the history for MDT development and best practices in the field of child abuse investigations
• Student will discuss the top ten challenges nationally facing MDTs
• Students will learn concrete suggestions for overcoming challenges among MDT team
2. Conducting and Defending a Pandemic-Era Forensic Interview
To be conducted August 25, 2020 from 10:00am to 11:30am.
This workshop provides concrete guidance in conducting pandemic-era forensic interviews in a manner that will help the prosecutor to defend the practice should the interview be challenged in court. Prosecutors are also provided a number of strategies in responding to potential defense attacks on a tele-forensic interview or an interview conducted with modifications resulting from the pandemic.
• Attendees will receive guidance in conducting a tele-forensic interview.
• Attendees will receive guidance for conducting an in-person forensic interview with PPE
or other modifications resulting from the pandemic.
• Prosecutors will learn to anticipate potential defense attacks on a pandemic-era forensic
interview and develop strategies for responding to these attacks.
Rita Farrell serves as the Lead Forensic Interview Specialist of the Zero Abuse Project. Rita manages the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Training Program, ChildFirst® Arkansas state program, and the development of advanced training courses and programs for forensic interviewers. Rita is a certified law enforcement instructor and provides training and technical assistance for child protection professionals. Rita currently conducts forensic interviews and has interviewed more than 1,500 children. She serves as an expert witness on child sexual abuse, authored many peer reviewed articles specific to forensic interviewing and has trained nationally since 2005 on issues relating to child maltreatment and forensic interviewing. Rita graduated from Ball State University with a degree in secondary education and was the founding executive director of Chaucie’s Place, a Child Advocacy Center in Hamilton County, Indiana. As a national trainer, Rita continues to champion the cause of child advocacy and the field of forensic interviewing.
For additional information, please contact Marcie at this link: Contact Marcie about August 2020 Workshops
“This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-WR-AX-0033 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.”