Uniting Children's Advocacy Centers
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November 22-23, 2021 – Advanced Forensic Interview Training

November 22-23, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (MST)
*One hour lunch break 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Live training via Zoom

Registration Deadline: November 5

Presenting Evidence in Child Forensic Interviews

This is an excellent training you won’t want to miss! Seats are limited – grab yours now. Click here to register.

Who Should Attend: Professionals conducting forensic interviews as part of their current job.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore different types of evidence used in forensic interviews of children in abuse, witnessing violence, and exploitation cases.
  • Learn how to present different types of evidence in the context of a child-centered, trauma-informed, and legally defendable forensic interview approach.
  • Discuss the implications of presenting sexually explicit material.
  • Practice techniques and develop skills to present different types of evidence in child forensic interviews.

The training was useful in addressing legal and ethical issues of presenting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in a child forensic interview setting. Participants received clear guidance on how to manage use of sexually explicit materials in this setting and there was great discussion about the benefits of using evidence and specific considerations for this practice. The presenters are knowledgeable and engaging and I was impressed with how well organized it was on Zoom. Definitely applicable information and techniques and worth my time.

Valerie Laurence-Widmer, Executive Director Emma's House, Bitterroot Valley CAC

No registration fee – but you must register to attend. Click here to register.


Alexandra Levi, LCSW

Forensic Interview Specialist, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Ale Levi is the lead Forensic Interview Specialist (FIS), for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and has conducted 5000 victim interviews. Ms. Levi is an LCSW and holds her Masters in Social Work and Forensic Psychology. She has worked in the area of child abuse/exploitation since 1998. In 2009, Ms. Levi became the first FIS for HSI and established guidelines and protocols for the HSI Forensic Interview Program. She works with all victims of crime, focusing on child exploitation; cyber and technology facilitate crimes, human trafficking and child sex tourism. Ms. Levi travels both domestically and internationally conducting forensic interviews and trainings in English and Spanish, and has assisted other federal agencies as the Spanish speaking FIS for the federal government.

Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW

Program Manager, NCJTC

Julie Kenniston is a Program Manager for the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College and a contract forensic interviewer for the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center. She presents for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and Ohio Attorney General’s Finding Words forensic interview courses. Ms. Kenniston coordinated the Forensic Training Institute for The Childhood Trust. A former APSAC board member, she co-chairs forensic interviewing committees. She has conducted over 3,000 forensic interviews. Ms. Kenniston co-authored Handbook on Questioning Children: A Linguistic Perspective, 3rd edition with Anne Graffam Walker, PhD.

This training event is sponsored by the Children’s Alliance of Montana and the MCSART Program of the Montana Department of Justice Special Services Bureau.

Questions? Contact Dani Peterson at training@childrensalliancemt.org

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