Forensic Interviewing of Children Frankenmuth

Start Time/Date: 9:00 AM Tuesday, May 7, 2019
End Time/Date: 4:30 PM Wednesday, May 8, 2019
ADDRESS: Zehnder's Splash Village
1365 South Main Street
CITY: Frankenmuth, MI 48734

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An Introduction to the Forensic Interviewing Protocol

May 7-8, 2019
 Zehnder's Splash Village

Frankenmuth, MI  48734
(989) 863-7999

The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, Child Abuse Training Services, in cooperation with the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), and Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice (GTF), is pleased to present a regional, cross-professional Specialized Child Abuse Training seminar on the topic of Forensic Interviewing of Children. This training will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7 and conclude by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

This seminar is designed for prosecuting attorneys, assistant prosecuting attorneys, CPS workers, and police officers, who are involved with child abuse investigations or prosecution. The training is designed to increase your understanding of the primary features of forensic interviewing and provide information to enhance your interviewing skills. The Forensic Interviewing training provided by the Child Abuse Training Services (CATS) department within PAAM is the only DHHS and GTF approved Forensic Interviewing training within the state.

Michigan’s Forensic Interviewing Protocol was developed in conjunction with the DHS and the GTF. The goal of a forensic interview is to obtain a statement from a child in a developmentally sensitive, unbiased, and truth-seeking manner that will support accurate and fair decision-making in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. Topics to be covered include:

 Preinterview preparation.

 Interviewer guidelines.

 Conducting a phased interview.

 Special topics/children with special needs.

 Guidelines for questioning children.

There is no tuition charge or charge for materials for this seminar. Attendees are responsible for overnight accommodations, transportation, meals, and other incidental costs. If there are specific questions you would like to have addressed at the seminar, please list them on the registration form, and the questions will be provided to the speakers in advance.

Please register early since registration is limited to 24 people.  When space at seminars is available, we welcome participation from professionals in addition to DHHS CPS workers, law enforcement, and prosecutors.

Confirmation regarding seminar attendance will be sent out approximately 2 weeks prior to the seminar date.

Attendees (or their agencies) are responsible for payment for overnight rooms.  The hotel is holding a "block" of rooms at the state rate until April 23, 2019.  You may call (800) 863-7999 and mention Prosecuting Attorneys Association Forensic Interviewing seminar.  If you choose to make your reservations online, please use code 0718 prosecut.  The rate is not guaranteed after that date, however, if they have rooms available, they will offer the state rate. PLEASE make your reservations early.