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 […]
May 17, 2017

Training heightens understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity

The Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center (DCCAC) sponsored a training for the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and medical professionals who make up the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) serving the interests of children victimized by sexual abuse.   The training, led Michelle Kline, was titled Opening the Closet Door; MDT approaches inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity. The ultimate benefit will be for individuals of […]
April 3, 2017

How do counselors cope with the pain experienced by sexually traumatized children?

I don’t know how you do it! I’ve been hearing variations on that sentence ever since I began working with children who have been sexually abused.  The people making the statement are usually thinking about how they would feel if they spent their days hearing the graphic details of sexually abusive incidents and witnessing how sexual abuse often continues to affect children and families long after […]
March 13, 2017

What is the process for a child forensic interview?

The forensic interview is a structured model delivered in phases: Rapport and Narrative Practice, Guidelines, Substantive Phase, Alternative Hypothesis and Closing. Demeanor and presentation may change, but the structure is always the same. During the Rapport and Narrative Practice phase, we are trying to assess the child’s communications style, ability to participate in the interview, and ability to recall. We are also setting the child’s expectations […]
February 20, 2017

How a Family Advocate Supports Victims of Abuse on Their Journey Through the Criminal Justice System

As a family advocate, one of the many services I provide is court accompaniment. Once a victim has completed the forensic interview, court proceedings may follow if there is an open criminal investigation. The process of moving through the criminal justice system sometimes requires patience. Victims who have never been involved with the judicial system can find it extremely confusing and perhaps intimidating. Court advocates are […]
January 30, 2017

Pets Provide Critical Support for Children Who have Been Abused

Thanks to Forgotten Cats, a little cat and a little girl are reunited. Imagine a child with a very painful secret – a secret they believe they must keep, no matter what.  They may keep it because they are afraid something bad will happen if other people find out.  Or because they feel so guilty or ashamed. Now image that child discovering they can tell their […]
January 9, 2017

Vicarious Trauma Workshop Blog

From September 15th to September 16th I attended “Forensic Interviewing of Children with Disabilities & Vicarious Trauma Training” in Providence, Rhode Island. The training was orchestrated by the North East Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC). NRCAC provides trainings and resources for Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) in the north-east region of the United States. The Vicarious Trauma workshop was led by Michelle Mullen and Sue Ascione, the […]
December 8, 2016

Welcome the The Community Connection Blog

Welcome to Family Support Line’s blog – The Community Connection. Thank you for taking time to learn how you can support a vision of healing and child protection.  Through The Community Connection Blog, we hope to extend our reach to build actions for a community where children know they can tell, families have hope for healing and we all work to build a safe environment. Often […]