September 14, 2018

Cyber Safety: Part II

Cyber Safety – Part II – Help, Hope, & Healing Research shows that scare tactics backfire. They don’t encourage healthier behaviors! So, how do I talk about these very real risks without freaking readers out? I want them to THINK about how to address these issues – not run away from them!  That’s what I said to myself once looked at what I’d drafted for this […]
July 26, 2018

What I’ve Learned as a Forensic Interviewer

I often meet people, as we all do, who ask what I do for a living. When I reply, “I’m a forensic interviewer”, I am often asked, “What’s that?” To which I explain, I conduct neutral, fact finding interviews with children who are suspected victims of sexual abuse. The majority of people assume that I’m some sort of saint, which I promise you, I am not. […]
April 4, 2018

Cyber Safety Part 1

Cyber safety: Part 1 – Conversations are Key   When I took my first computer class in high school (in 1985!!!), I never dreamed that students would be using digital technology as they do today.  Nor would I have believed that, in 2018, I’d be talking with 240 6th graders at Northley Middle School (Go Vikings!) about cybersafety, planning cybersafety programs for 1st graders at Chester […]
January 29, 2018

Supporting individuals with Autism in crisis situations

For children with autism and other forms of disability navigating daily life can be a challenge. Compound that with having been hurt by someone or being in the midst of a crisis. This is the experience of many individuals living with disability. First responders are trained to evaluate, deescalate, and support. In addition to these important skills, first responders must take special consideration when encountering a […]
October 20, 2017

Committed to the Cause: Serving Family Support Line for 30 Years

Soon Family Support Line will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the organization and over that time we have touched thousands of lives in Delaware County for the better. But we wouldn’t have been able to get this far without dedicated board members such as Louis A. Robinson, Jr., or “Lou” as we call him. Lou has helped to develop Family Support Line […]
October 16, 2017

Child Pornography: The Lasting Impact of Images

  All too often headlines announcing an arrest for possession of child pornography show up in the news. Shock, horror, outrage, and disgust are common reactions as people process the injustice and exploitation. When the accused doesn’t fit the stereotype of the creepy social outcast, which most possessors don’t, a certain cognitive dissonance may arise, as well. Photos or videos of child sexual abuse may be […]
October 3, 2017

A Time to Fight Stigma: Mental Illness Awareness Week

“Nothing happened. She’s just mad and trying to get him in trouble. She’s always lying. You can’t believe a word she says.” These harsh words were said about a survivor named Liza by someone named Alex, a mental health professional who was meant to help Liza after she had been sexually assaulted. Why didn’t Alex believe Liza’s report of assault? Because Liza has a history of serious, chronic mental illness. Alex […]
September 26, 2017

The Gender Revolution

The first question we are asked when we come into this world is often: Is it a boy or a girl? This question begins a multitude of assumptions for the individual. These assumptions include their favorite color, the sports they will play, the job they will have, and who they will date. This is all within a matter of seconds upon entering the world. This past […]
June 29, 2017

Why one volunteer has given so much for 3 decades….

June 5, 2017

What kind of training does a forensic interviewer have?

When I was considered for a position as a forensic interviewer in 2010, I had no idea how intense and valuable the training would be. While no academic background is required to become a forensic interviewer, most have social science degrees, as I do. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from Temple University and a Master of Social Science, with a concentration in Law and […]