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Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training Offered Locally

Gain valuable insight by attending Advanced Forensic Interviewing with national trainer Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. The training, held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Indiana Tech Law School, costs $25 per person and includes CEUs for social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family counselors, as well as LEUs for law enforcement professionals. (Lunch is not provided.)

This training is appropriate for those engaged in the forensic interview process conducted at the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children and other child advocacy centers across the state. Kenniston will focus on using narrative practice to maximize information and minimize suggestibility, tips for minimizing miscommunication, and how to interview reluctant children. Register by contacting
Pat Smallwood at the Bill Lewis Center for Children (260) 414-2104 or via email: psmallwood.

Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW, is an independent consultant and trainer presenting nationally and internationally on interviewing, investigation, and the prosecution of child maltreatment cases. As the volunteer Executive Director of The Center for Family Solutions, Ms. Kenniston is active with domestic violence and sexual abuse victims. She conducts forensic interviews for the local Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and is working with the Southwest Ohio team on human trafficking cases. Ms. Kenniston organized and coordinated the Forensic Training Institute for The Childhood Trust in Cincinnati, Ohio starting in August 1997 and has trained in the program since its inception. As board member for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) from January 2009 to July 2015, she co-chaired the forensic interviewer certification task force and continues to support APSAC in forensic interviewing services. Ms. Kenniston was a Sexual Abuse Investigator for Hamilton County Department of Human Services where she conducted over 3,000 forensic interviews of alleged child victims of sexual abuse. Ms. Kenniston is a co-author with Anne Graffam Walker, PhD, and co-editor with Sally Small Inada, MA, on the 3rd edition of the Handbook on Questioning Children: A linguistic perspective published by the American Bar Association.