The Art and Science of Interviewing Children

Presenter: Kristy Brodeur Dermody
When: November 20, 2015 (Friday)
Time: 12:30 - 2 p.m.

This presentation will address CALICO’s history, goals, procedures, roles of various professionals on Alameda County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) and benefits of a MDT collaboration. The workshop will cover an overview of how sexual abuse happens, child interviewing techniques and explanation of why certain questions are asked, and an overview of the Ten Step Investigative Interview. We will also address facts about child sexual abuse including prevalence, definitions, myths, symptoms of abuse, why individuals sexually offend, relationships between offenders and victims and facts about the grooming process.

Kristy Brodeur Dermody has been interviewing child abuse victims for 18 years, and is currently a Senior Child Interview Specialist and Training Coordinator at CALICO Center, Alameda County’s Child Advocacy Center. Kristy has conducted well over 2,500 interviews of suspected child abuse victims, sexually exploited children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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