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Three-day Training in Forensic Interview Skills for the Centre Professionals

A three-day training in forensic interview skills was held in the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb from 16 to 18 December 2015. The training was attended by multidisciplinary team professionals of the Centre. The trainer was Linda Cordisco Steel from the American National Children’s Advocacy Center – NCAC (http://www.nationalcac.org/) from Alabama. The model of work implemented by this centre is known for its excellence in the prevention and interventions working with abused children. NCAC training team holds the world-renowned leading position in training professionals working with abused children and their families.

Linda Cordisco Steele, M.Ed, LPC – Linda is Curriculum Chair and Senior Trainer for the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC). As a trainer for the NCAC, Linda has conducted more than 300 trainings across the U.S. and abroad. She has presented workshops at local, regional, state, national and international child abuse conferences. Her areas of expertise include child forensic interviewing, child development, victim advocacy, and working within the multidisciplinary team setting. In addition to training, Linda currently serves as a Child Forensic Interview Specialist at NCAC and provides supervision and consultation on forensic interviews locally and nationally. Linda previously conducted forensic interviews at four additional children’s advocacy centres: the Prescott House Children’s Advocacy Center in Birmingham, Alabama, The Safehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the CAC of the Bluegrass in Lexington and Gateway CAC in Kentucky. In addition to providing forensic interviews, Linda served as Clinical Director for the Prescott House, NCAC and The Safehouse of Albuquerque. Additionally, while in New Mexico, Linda served as the Project Director of the Mobile Interviewing Project, which serves the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo as a program of All Faiths Receiving Home in Albuquerque. She has also served as Clinical Director, Director of Victim Services, and Acting Executive Director of the Crisis Center of Jefferson County in Alabama. Linda has 30 years of experience in therapy and advocacy work with victims and extensive training experience regionally and nationally. Linda received her Master’s in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Licensed Professional Counsellor.

Training in the Child Protection Centre included newest knowledge about conducting forensic interviews with abused children: child recollections and remembering time perspectives, specificities in working with pre-school children and adolescents, using the media in the forensic interview, specificities in working with special needs children, etc. All these topics are based on evidence, i.e. scientific findings leading to improvements in conducting interviews with abused children during the past decade.