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Using Developmentally Appropriate Language When Interviewing Children. Chris Newlin, MS LPC Harbor House 706-235-5437 [email protected] Harbor House Mission. Provide a child-friendly environment to interview children regarding allegations of sexual and/or severe physical abuse

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using developmentally appropriate language when interviewing children

Using Developmentally Appropriate Language When Interviewing Children

Chris Newlin, MS LPC

Harbor House

706-235-5437

[email protected]

harbor house mission
Harbor House Mission
  • Provide a child-friendly environment to interview children regarding allegations of sexual and/or severe physical abuse
  • Coordinate the multidisciplinary investigation of these allegations
  • Limit any additional trauma to the child
introductions
Introductions
  • Role
    • DFCS
    • Law Enforcement
    • Mental Health
    • Other
  • Function
    • Interview
    • Don’t interview
goal of training
Goal Of Training
  • Improve your ability to effectively communicate with children
    • Age at which specific details are likely to be expected
    • Five types of questions and expected responses
    • Three primary factors that may affect a child’s responses
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“Even very young children can tell us what they know if we ask them the right questions in the right way.”

        • Anne Graffam Walker, Ph.D.
identify different question types
Identify different question types
  • Did he have his clothes on, or off, or something else?
  • What happened that time in the truck?
  • I know someone touched you, who did that?
  • Did your mom hurt you?
  • What happened?
  • She licked your pee-pee, didn’t she?
  • Was it your mom, your step-mom, or something else?
review of training
Review of training
  • At what age can a child tell you about:
    • Who
    • What
    • Where
    • When
    • # of times
    • Circumstances
review of training11
Review of Training
  • What type of question yields the most narrative information?
  • What type of question yields the least amount of useful information?
  • What may diminish a child’s responses?
  • What may enhance a child’s responses?
finding words georgia
Finding Words Georgia
  • Forensic Interview training for:
    • DFCS Investigators
    • Law Enforcement Investigators
    • Child Abuse Prosecutors
  • Application for 2004 Trainings
    • www.gachildadvocate.org/pdf/2004fwg-app.pdf
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