Forensic Interviewing Children with Disabilities
Forensic Interviewing Children with Disabilities is an eight-part webinar series designed to assist interviewers in advancing their skills of interviewing children with disabilities in the most developmentally appropriate, non-leading, non-suggestive, legally defensible way possible. Participants who complete each of the eight modules in the series will receive a certificate indicating participation and completion of the program. It is required to complete all eight modules to receive this certificate. Certificates will not be issued for individual modules.
All sessions will take place from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm ET on Tuesdays. The program will take place remotely through the use of live interactive webinars over Zoom.
Information for CE Credits
APSAC is recognized as a provider of psychology and social work continuing education credits. Participating psychologists and social workers will receive 12 contact hours in the course and a certificate of completion will clearly note the number of credits awarded. Participants applying for CE credits must participate in all 8 sessions. The cost of continuing education credits is $40 for the entire course. For more information on Continuing Education Credit, Click Here.
Individual Session Information
1. Children with Disabilities and Abuse Dynamics with Staci Whitney
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:30 am ET
During this session participants will learn the appropriate use of language when referring to children with disabilities, historical treatment of individuals with disabilities, statistics/incident rates related to individuals with disabilities, and common biases and assumptions related to children with disabilities.
2. Communication Considerations for Children with Disabilities with Staci Whitney
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:30 am ET
During this session participants will learn about general communication considerations for interviewing children with disabilities. These will include many of the same strategies that are utilized in all interviews and investigations and how they can be appropriately applied to interviewing children with disabilities, including any necessary accommodations.
3. General Considerations for Interviewing Children with Disabilities with Staci Whitney
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:30 am ET
During this session participants will learn pre-interview considerations for choosing an appropriate interview setting that is trauma-informed and victim-sensitive. In addition, participants will learn pre-interview considerations for adjusting the forensic interview to the individual’s needs, and methods of gathering this information pre-interview. Consideration will be given to the physical setting, timing of the interview, informed consent, language, and comfort items in the interview process.
4. Advanced Considerations for Interviewing Children with Disabilities Part I with Dermot Whelan
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 |10:00 - 11:30 am ET
During this session participants will learn about disabilities in detail including: intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In addition, participants will learn strategies for communicating with children with disabilities.
5. Advanced Considerations for Interviewing Children with Disabilities Part II with Kate Homan
Tuesday, March 29, 2022| 10:00 - 11:30 am ET
During this session participants will learn about disabilities in detail including: physical disability, cerebral palsy, communication disorders, and deaf and hard of hearing children. In addition, participants will learn strategies for communicating with children with disabilities.
6. Interviewing Children with Communication Disorders with Kate Homan
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:30 am ET
During this session participants will learn specifically about communicating with children with communication disorders, speech language disorders, including interviewing children who utilize communication devices.
7. Adapted Protocol For Interviewing Children Who do Not Speak with Staci Whitney
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:30 am ET
During this module participants will receive an introduction to interviewing children who do not speak. Participants will learn how to establish communication with an individual who can only respond using “yes” and “no” in addition to learning how use the hybrid question style.
8. Investigating Crimes Against Children with Disabilities-Considerations for Law Enforcement with
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:30 am ET
During this session participants will increase their knowledge about the needs of crime victims with disabilities and learn about the most effective preliminary investigative steps to take when called to handle a matter involving a victim and/or witness with disabilities.