by Kathleen Coulborn Faller
This video from child abuse evaluation expert Kathleen Faller is ideal viewing for mental health and child protection professionals, lawyers, judges, and law enforcement personnel.
Professionals called upon to interview children about alleged sexual abuse must possess a solid understanding of both legal and clinical issues. What are the most appropriate techniques for eliciting reliable accounts of children's experience? How should evaluators structure the interview to avoid legal challenges to their findings? This video from child abuse evaluation expert Kathleen Faller is ideal viewing for mental health and child protection professionals, lawyers, judges, and law enforcement personnel. Vignettes from simulated and actual child interviews guide viewers through sensitively gathering both general and abuse-focused information in a manner that is legally defensible. Faller shows how to gauge children's ability to report events accurately; which kinds of questions to ask and which to avoid; and how to use anatomical drawings and dolls appropriately. Viewers also see how Faller's multidisciplinary evaluation team works collaboratively to arrive at a final determination. The companion manual features supplemental information, role play scenarios and skills exercises, findings on children's memory and suggestibility, resource listings, and references for further reading.
Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, ACSW, is Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She is also Faculty Director of the CIVITAS Child and Family Programs, which train practitioners and researchers for work with abused and neglected children, and Director of the Family Assessment Clinic at the University of Michigan, a multidisciplinary team that evaluates complex child maltreatment cases.
"These programs provide an easily understood primer for newcomers to the field of child interviewing, and a good review of basic skills and protocols for seasoned professionals."
-Charles Wilson, MSSW, Executive Director, National Children's Advocacy Center, Huntsville, Alabama
"These videotapes should be considered required viewing for all professionals called upon to interview alleged victims of child sexual abuse and testify on their behalf. They offer a rare opportunity to receive state-of-the-art training from mental health and legal authorities in the field."
-Esther Deblinger, PhD, Center for Children's Support, School of Osteopathic Medicine, UMDNJ
35-Minute VHS + 43-Page Manual
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