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Course Teaches Forensic Interviewing of Children to Frontline Professionals

3/8/2006:   Over the last decade, interest has grown among law enforcement officers, child protection caseworkers, and prosecutors to acquire forensic interviewing skills of children. In 1998, the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) addressed the interest by developing a forensic interviewing course called Finding Words, Interviewing Children and Preparing for Court. The course was modeled after and developed in collaboration with CornerHouse, an interagency child abuse evaluation and training center in Minneapolis.

APRI's National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse has now developed a five-day forensic interviewing course modeled after Finding Words. APRI works with state and local officials and child abuse professionals to develop courses tailored to the unique dynamics of individual states. Thus far, 5 states have completed the training, and 10 have been admitted into the program.

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