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PCHC: (F.I N.D.) Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities

Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities

The Project FIND One-Day Training is designed for individuals working on multi-disciplinary teams (MDT’s) and in other service organizations seeking to gain additional information about the risk factors, realities and strategies for working with individuals with disabilities and individuals with mental health disorders. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individual disability, mental health disorder, language capacity and cultural background.

Understanding the unique characteristics of these groups and the ability to communicate effectively is paramount in creating safe environments and supporting quality of life. Additionally, participants will be introduced to the basics of the FIND Model of Forensic Interviewing.

Presenter: Staci Whitney, L.M.S.W.

Staci Whitney, LMSW is the Senior Director for Modell Consulting Group, LLC (MCG). Since 2017, Ms. Whitney has been responsible for teaching and coauthoring trainings on interviewing children and adults with disabilities. This included leading a project with national experts to develop an advanced Forensic Interviewing Protocol for interviewing individuals with disabilities (Project FIND). Prior to her work with MCG, Ms. Whitney was the Senior Forensic Interviewer at Bivona Child Advocacy Center in Rochester, NY and was responsible for developing Bivona’s Forensic Interviewing Program. During that time, Ms. Whitney had extensive training and experience in the field of Forensic Interviewing including interviewing children and individuals with disabilities who are victims or witnesses of crime. She has developed and delivered numerous trainings to Multidisciplinary Team Members and other professionals on recognizing and responding to suspicions and reports of child abuse.

**Please note there will be a 1.5-hour lunch break.

Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



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