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 […]
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 […]