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Interviewing Children About Sexual Abuse: A Comprehensive Review of the State of the Art
October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:40 pm
The CARES Institute’s
Experts in Child Abuse and Neglect Lecture Series:
Interviewing Children About Sexual Abuse:
A Comprehensive Review of the State of the Art
By Thomas D. Lyon, JD, PhD
October 20, 2021
1:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Intended audiences: This presentation is intended for child protection workers, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers of all levels, and licensed counselors), and all other disciplines not listed.
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Registration closes on October 19, 2021, at 3 PM
This program will give professionals the tools they need to elicit complete reports from children alleging sexual abuse. We will discuss the Ten-step interview, which includes interview instructions, narrative practice, a non-leading introduction to the allegation, and open-ended follow-up questions. These steps will enable interviewers to elicit a productive initial narrative describing abuse. We’ll discuss additional non-leading questions that are helpful in eliciting important additional details about abuse, including body positioning, types of touch, the invasiveness of touch, and conversations with the suspect and with disclosure recipients. Finally, we’ll discuss the most difficult issues, including how to overcome reluctance and how to interview recanting children. Throughout the presentation I’ll both describe research and play audio clips of actual interviews supporting the interviewing techniques.