Announcing APSAC's 2022 Advanced Training Institutes in San Diego

January 23, 2022

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APSAC is announcing two Advanced Training Pre-Conference Institutes in San Diego.


Intrafamilial Child Torture: An Emerging Category of Child Maltreatment

Intrafamilial Child Torture (ICT) is gaining recognition as a distinct form of child abuse that requires specialized reporting, investigation, intervention, and treatment. While there is ample research on politically motivated torture, which may include child victims, there has been very little research on children who are tortured at home by their parents and caregivers. Two articles published in 2014 discuss the medical diagnosis, and the other the criminal law definition, of child torture inflicted by parents. This training will expand upon these earlier works and offer a precise definition of Intrafamilial Child Torture (ICT) for use in child welfare, child mental health, for attorneys, law enforcement, clergy, and other child-maltreatment professions. It will introduce essential psychological dynamics of child torture in families. While these characteristics are not unique to ICT individually, their conflux creates a presentation best understood as intrafamilial child torture. This training will give participants an opportunity to practice applying the definition of child torture to case studies, complete a critical analysis of a real-life ICT case, and propose responsive actions for a variety of professions involved in the protection and treatment of children tortured by their caregivers.

Presenters: Pamela Miller, JD, MSW, LISW-S; Judith S. Rycus, PhD, MSW; Stacie Schrieffer LeBlanc, JD, MEd; Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, LCSW


Adapting Forensic Interviews for Children who do not Speak

This workshop is intended for forensic interviewers who want to learn about interviewing children who do not speak or who are considered “non-verbal.” Through this workshop, participants will have increased understanding of verbal behavior and communication methods; increased knowledge of common biases regarding communicating with children who do not speak; increased knowledge of pre-interview considerations when preparing to interview a child who does not speak; and learn reliable and legally defensible techniques that can be applied in forensic interviews with these children. Participants will have opportunities to apply what they have learned through class and small group activities. This training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individuals who do not speak, use gestures, use a communication device, or speak few words.

Presenter: Kate Homan, MS

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