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ChildFirst® EX: Expanded Forensic Interview Training 

The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs’ is conducting a virtual online ChildFirst® EX: Expanded Forensic Interview Training from 8:00am to 12:00pm daily beginning June 22-25, 2020. The training will be provided by national forensic interview expert, Rita Farrell, from the Zero Abuse Project.

This free training is designed for Rural Forensic Interviewers, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), Investigators, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Child Protective Services, and Disability Advocates. We know that one single forensic interview does not always meet the needs of every child. The ChildFirst® EX: Expanded Forensic Interview Training will provide rural participants with a defensible process for conducting interviews with children who may not succeed in a standard, single interview due to trauma, disability, or other complicating issues, including poly-victimization. Based on the nationally-recognized ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol, this training defines an expanded interview process, as well as, research supporting multiple non-duplicative interviews with child victims and witnesses, based on ChildFirst® EX utilization of any forensic interview protocol model. This training will include lectures and interactive simulations in conducting an Expanded Forensic Interview.

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 2020 ChildFirst® EX: Expanded Forensic Interview Training

This training 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.”