SCNCAC is excited to announce that Rita Farrell, Forensic Interview Specialist at Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, will be the featured speaker for the 2017 SCNCAC Statewide Forensic Interview Peer Review Session. Ms. Farrell will be discussing emerging issues in the field of forensic interviewing, interviewing victims of trafficking, and exploring all forms of maltreatment in the forensic interview. Attendees can expect to learn about the following:
· Best practices for using anatomical diagrams
· Differences in conducting interviews with children who have been trafficked
· Examining strategies in cases when family has sexually exploited children
· Concrete suggestions in exploring all types of maltreatment in the forensic interview
· Polyvictimization research
Rita Farrell currently serves as the forensic interview specialist of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (Gundersen NCPTC) at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. She manages the ChildFirst® Arkansas program and serves as the director of Education for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County. She is the co-author of the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol and the development of advanced training courses and programs for forensic interviewers. Rita has conducted more than 1,500 child interviews, testified in numerous court cases and trained for the ChildFirst® program in Indiana since 2002. Rita is a certified law enforcement instructor and has trained at the national level since 2006 on many child a use related topics. She has authored five peer reviewed articles specific to forensic interviewing of child abuse victims.