A society’s integrity and worth is not based on whether cases of sexual violence against children happen. Instead it is based on the acceptance of the possibilities of occurrence and proactive steps taken to both safeguard and respond in a timely and appropriate way to ensure that its children may benefit from its caring and foresight to truly have the right to be safe all the time, everywhere.
Tulir - Center for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse is organizing a Workshop on Forensic and Therapeutic Interviewing
on June 20&21 at Chennai, which will be in English. Details of the workshop are mentioned below
Since limited seats are available, participants will be selected based on their completed application forms (Please find pasted below a description of the workshop and you may write to us for the Application form) which will be accepted up to June17th. Participants will be informed of their acceptance within a day of Tulir receiving the application. A detailed workshop outline, venue particulars and registration timing will be given on confirmation of acceptance of participation.
Participants will have to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Refreshments and relevant learning material will be provided during the workshop. Registration will be Rs 800/- per day and it is mandatory for participants to attend both days.
The presenter will be Dr. Peter Choate, PhD, RSW Clinical Social Worker and Assistant Professor, Child Studies and Social Work, Mount Royal University, Calgary Canada. He has presented and published extensively on his areas of research and practice – addictions, life transitions court related issues including custody, family violence and assessments in child welfare matters and other forensic social work matters (including risk assessments of juveniles and adults with addiction, mental health and sexual offending concerns). Additionally he has qualified on many occasions in the Provincial Court of Alberta (Family and Youth Division) as an Expert Witness in Clinical Social Work besides also in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Among his other professional qualifications he has a Diplomate from the American Board of Forensic Examiners and has been Chair and Chair Emeritus as well as Member, of the Executive Advisory Board of the American Board of Forensic Social Workers
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 26618026 (10 am - 6 pm, Monday – Friday) for further details. We will be glad to clarify any other related queries and encourage you to share this information with others who you think may be interested
Workshop on Forensic and Therapeutic Interviewing
Children disclose sexual abuse in a variety of ways. One of the least common ways is to talk about the abuse directly. It is more common for children to disclose abuse either as Indirect or Accidental Disclosure or Disguised Disclosure. Additionally concerns or allegations about abuse arising from observations or a report could also prompt the necessity for further inquiry to appropriately intervene. Furthermore as the reporting of institutional based allegations swell, it is increasingly becoming clear that a better understanding of the ethical underpinnings and standardized protocols to be followed while sifting through information to substantiate or refute, is necessitated..
This workshop is designed to assist those human service providers who by virtue of their professional duties/responsibilities may receive an initial disclosure of sexual abuse, may have to enquire into an allegation of abuse and/or who additionally may have to initiate the process of healing through counseling as part of psychosocial support before making a referral for specialized therapeutic intervention
Participants will learn:
1. How disclosures are typically made;
2. How to respond to disclosure;
3. What are forensic questions and how to ask;
4. What are therapeutic questions and how to ask;
5. What is the difference between a forensic and a therapeutic approach;
6. What initial receivers of a disclosure should not do;
7. What creates safety for a disclosure and what shuts disclosure down.
Participants may be anyone who works with children and youth serving organizations This could include frontline responders like educators, social workers, counselors as well as those involved with child protection agencies ( Childline, CWC’s, DCPU’s etc..) .
This workshop is not designed for people who are responsible for criminal investigations or therapists/counselors providing long term support