Details of Our Professional Training
Michelle Peterson Consulting MPC provides training services specifically designed for professionals who are involved in child abuse investigations. Training participants may include law enforcement officers and detectives, child protective service personnel, forensic interviewers and district attorneys. Michelle’s training is based on the most up-to-date and research-based protocols and practices and knowledge obtained from 20 years of participating in child abuse investigations. Michelle knows how to prepare professionals to conduct legally defensible interviews and to feel confident in their skills. Our training can be customized to meet you or your agency’s needs whether it’s individualized or in a small-group setting. Michelle is POST (Peace Officers Standards & Training) certified in Colorado.
MPC training curriculum includes:
- Forensic Interviewing Training (Beginning to Advanced)
- Minimal Facts Protocol
- Assessing Credibility of Forensic Interviews
- Interviewing the Reluctant Child
- Developing and Maintaining a High Quality Forensic Interviewing Department
- Memory and Suggestibility
- The Process of Disclosure
- Issues in the Forensic Interview
- Developmentally Appropriate Interviews
- Witnessing Homicide or a Violent Crime Interviews
Michelle Peterson Consulting MPC offers mentoring, coaching, and training of forensic interviewers of all levels. We understand what is takes to be a successful and effective forensic interviewer and provide the pathway and tools for you or your organization to do the same. Our training is focused and succinct and will quickly raise interviewing skills. Whether, one-on-one or within a small group, we will teach the fundamentals and tools needed to conduct legally defensible interviews.
Minimal Facts Protocol
Michelle Peterson Consulting MPC has expertise in teaching investigators and first responders how to talk to children on the scene to gather the most essential information. This “Minimal Facts Interview” is essential to avoid multiple interviews of child victims. It facilitates consistency among interviewers and uniformity between interviews.
Assessing Credibility in Forensic Interviews
Investigators who have the responsibility to observe Forensic Interviewers many times do not have the training on what a credible interview should look like or what information it should obtain. This training will educate investigators on what to look for and how to use that information when taking a case forward. This training will assist interviewers is making sure they are asking the questions that matter.
Interviewing the Reluctant Child
Developing and Maintaining a High Quality Forensic Interviewing Department
Over the many years of working with Child Advocacy Centers I have seen the rise and fall of many forensic interviewing departments. Let me help you create an environment of confidence, credibility and continued growth. To have a successful CAC one must have a highly regarded forensic interviewing department.
Memory and Suggestibility
Knowing what a child is capable of when it comes to their memory is crucial when interviewing victims/witness of abuse. Also, being aware of their suggestibility and how to address it in an interview can have lasting effects on a case. Know how to handle both so the case investigation/prosecution can go forward.
Issues in the Forensic Interview
What to do about the unexpected in a forensic interview. There are many things that can happen that potentially can derail the interview. Know what to do and how to move forward…and how to ultimately defend the interview.