Archived Webinars


After CFIT: Resources for Child Forensic Interviewers

California’s Child Forensic Interview Training (CFIT- Parts 1 and 2) is the foundational forty-hour course for child interviewing for professionals who interview children in multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) and Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in California. But, as any CFIT attendee knows, the training is jam-packed with information and it can be challenging to integrate all of that information into practice back at your desk and into your interview rooms. This webinar will provide information and resources to CFIT “alumni” about how to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired at CFIT into their settings and jurisdictions. This training is for those who have already attended CFIT. Please note: The course does not give an explanation of any forensic interviewing protocols and is not intended as an introduction or basic level course on forensic interviewing and therefore we are sharing the webinar with only practicing child forensic interviewers at this time. This webinar was recorded on May 28, 2015 and is 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Presenter Miriam Wolf, LCSW has over twenty years of experience in the field of child abuse. She works as a forensic interviewer, program consultant, trainer and curriculum developer in areas such as forensic interviewing, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Among many writing projects, Miriam authored California’s Child Forensic Interview Training curriculum, National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accreditation Manual (1st ed.) and NCTSN’s Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit. Currently the Director of the Forensic Interviewing Program at the Keller Center in San Mateo County, Miriam has conducted forensic interviews and provided program consultation there since 2003. 

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Child Sexual Abuse in Latino Families

Research on multicultural populations has found the presence and degree of shame to be a key predictor of children’s recovery from sexual abuse. Shame often hinders clinical efforts to help victims achieve a healthy recovery. Latino families report that their single most sought-after goal for recovery is to overcome their feeling of shame. The literature on shame has developed rapidly in recent years. It is important to understand how the definitions of shame vary, but they share the notion that the “shamed person” has been damaged. This free, 1 hour webinar training is designed to increase the cultural sensitivity of professionals working with Latino youth and families. This training is intended for professions who work with child victims of sexual abuse. The main topic to be covered in this training will address the Stigma of Sexual Abuse in Latino Culture and how it creates a barrier for services in Latino families. 

Presenter Jaime Molina, LCSW works for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Santa Cruz County, and has worked for the past 17 years with adolescents who use drugs and/or alcohol, have mental health issues, and possible gang affiliation issues. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the School of Social Work, at California State University, San Jose. Mr. Molina works as the Workforce Education and Training Coordinator, as the Prevention and Early Intervention Coordinator and as the Cultural Competence Coordinator. Jaime Molina is a consultant with the PVUSD School District in the County of Santa Cruz. Mr. Molina is a parent educator in family strengthening curricula, and volunteers his time working with youth and families in spiritual retreats.

To view this webinar, click here and you will be taken to the recording on SlideShare. 


Children with Disabilities: First Responders

People with developmental disabilities are overrepresented in our criminal justice system, both as victims of crimes and suspects of crimes. Law enforcement and other first responders often have little training regarding the nature of these disabilities and how to effectively engage with such individuals. The training is offered to first responders who may serve children with developmental disabilities who have been victims of sexual abuse and will: include a brief overview of developmental disabilities with special attention to intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder; discuss common characteristics of disabilities; highlight facts and statistics, and the frequency in which people with disabilities interface with first responders; include some case examples, discuss common misunderstandings, review strategies to use when interacting with people with disabilities, and educate people regarding available resources. This webinar was recorded on May 13, 2015. The original recording was 1 hour and 32 minutes, UNFORTUNATELY, there was a technical glitch and the last 30 minutes of audio was not recorded.

Presenter Kathryn Pedgrift, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at North Bay Regional Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She specializes in addressing social-­‐sexual behavior problems in adolescents and adults, as well as empowering those at-­‐risk of sexual exploitation. She has participated in numerous research projects related to the practice of self-­‐protection skills and the acquisition of knowledge related to physical boundaries and sexual abuse. Ron Harrison is 24 year veteran of the Daly City Police Department. Ron has been assigned to the Detective Bureau for the past 13 years and has exclusively investigated child sex crimes, adult sex crimes, child abuse and domestic violence. Ron is also the lone law enforcement representative for the San Mateo County Keller Center M.D.l.C and has participated in training new Detectives, Advocates and C.P.S. for San Mateo County regarding sexual assault investigation.

You can download all the slides for the webinar, including the slides not included in the recording.

To view this webinar, click here and you will be taken to the recording on SlideShare. 


Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Meeting Survivors Where They Are

This 60 minute course will focus on the role of service providers in partnering with survivors of sex trafficking on the road to healing. The discussion will spotlight the importance of survivor centered program models and their impact on our work to support survivors.

Presenter Holly Joshi is the Executive Director at MISSSEY, a youth serving non-profit dedicated to providing direct services and advocacy for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Holly has 16 years of committed public service experience and over a decade of leadership and advocacy work in the movement to end commercial sexual exploitation. She led the Oakland Police Department’s Child Exploitation Unit and served as the Training Manager at MISSSEY before being promoted into her current role as E.D.

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Counterintuitive Victim Behavior: Is is Them or Is it Us?

Victim response to violence very often is counter to expectations of others. Despite society’s greater understanding of sexual assault and domestic violence, there continues to be little understanding of and tolerance for individual victim’s unique response(s) to trauma. Research demonstrates that victim response(s), when not appropriately explained during the legal process for the perpetrator, is used as a focus of defense arguments and successfully results in acquittals in cases of sexual assault and domestic violence. This webinar was recorded on August 10, 2017 and is a little over 1 hour in length.

Presenter Dr. Valliere is a licensed psychologist and has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers University. She has over 25 years experience in the field and has worked in individual and group treatment with violent offenders and their victims, including domestic violence offenders, sexual offenders, violent offenders, and substance abusers. She is currently the owner and director of two outpatient treatment centers – Valliere & Counseling Associates, an outpatient treatment center for mental health, domestic violence, and victim issues and Forensic Treatment Services, an outpatient violent offender treatment program. Her program treats Federal, State, and County Offenders as well as those incarcerated at the County Prison.

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Innovative Use of the MDT in the Investigation, Assessment & Intervention of Juvenile Sex Offenders

This FREE webinar is intended for professionals working with multidisciplinary teams on issues related to juvenile sex offenders. Mr. Powers will review types of juvenile sex offenders and suggest a consistent approach in dealing with them — from investigation through ongoing treatment. He will emphasize the multidisciplinary approach as a solution to solving the unique problems these cases bring to the system. Dynamics of juvenile sex offenders will be presented, including the myths commonly accepted by professionals. Mr. Powers will discuss theories of etiology, examine the roles of professionals, and suggest how a standardized approach can benefit professionals, offenders and affected families. This webinar was recorded on June 18, 2014 and is 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Presenter Dan Powers, LCSW is a clinical social worker and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Clinical Director for Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse professionals. He is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force.

To view this webinar, click here and you will be taken to the recording on SlideShare. 


Justice AND Healing: Trauma Informed MDT Investigations and Responses

Since its inception, the MDIT/CAC (Multidisciplinary Investigation Team/Children’s Advocacy Center) movement has been described as having a two-fold mission: Justice and Healing. Recent efforts across many professions and disciplines to create “Trauma Informed Systems” complements this mission. This workshop – intended for non-mental health professionals who work on MDTs – will provide an overview about the impact of trauma on children who report maltreatment, how MDT members can collaborate with mental health professionals, how trauma issues intersect with MDT members roles and responsibilities, what a trauma-informed MDT system might look like, and what MDT members can do – individually and collectively – to mitigate the effects of trauma, during the investigation and beyond. Participants will be able to: define the terms ”trauma” and ”trauma informed systems”; list components of a trauma informed system; learn about efforts to create trauma informed responses within specific professions (e.g. NCTSN’s trauma-informed child welfare project) and how these can be adapted for teams; articulate at least three strategies that MDT members can implement to mitigate effects of trauma; learn how MDT members can collaborate with mental health professionals and systems to mitigate the effects of trauma; appreciate that a trauma informed system includes awareness of and attention to the impact of secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue on MDT members. This webinar was recorded on June 4, 2013 and is 1 hour and 16 minutes long.

Presenter Miriam Wolf is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over twenty years of experience in the field of child abuse and neglect. She is a trainer and curriculum developer in areas such as forensic interviewing, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and related topics, and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Currently, she works as a program consultant to the Keller Center, conducting forensic interviews and providing program consultation.

To view this webinar, click here and you will be taken to the recording on SlideShare. 


Leave No Survivor Behind: Mirror Memoirs

Amita Swadhin shares their journey of breaking silence, healing, and using survivors’ stories as a tool for collective healing and organizing to end rape culture. They present their latest project, Mirror Memoirs, an oral history and leadership development pipeline for LGBTQI people of color who survived child sexual abuse and discuss how centering the most marginalized survivors can liberate everyone. Webinar includes Q&A with participants.

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Managing the Complexities of a Child Sexual Abuse Case, Parts 1-4

This four-part webinar series “Managing the Complexities of a Child Sex Abuse Case: From Arrest To Prosecution” focuses on how Detectives and Prosecutors can work together to manage the unique challenges this type of case presents.

Eligibility: Law Enforcement and members of a multi-disciplinary interview team.

Presenters: Jennifer Ow is the Deputy District Attorney in Placer County and Ron Harrison is a Seargent for the Daly City Police Department

Part 1: Initial Investigation and Prosecution

This session focused on the initial stages of investigation and prosecution. It includes information on first responders and special considerations for investigators, interviewing juvenile victims, and general C.P.S. considerations. It also addresses updated information on charging options and challenges, statute of limitations, and using the evidence code/case law in investigation.

Part 2: Preparation for Preliminary Hearing

This session will focus on Detective follow up and District Attorney preparation for the preliminary hearing. It will also focus on Detective investigation techniques including pretext phone calls, suspect interviews and use of ruses during an interview. Probable case arrest, arrest warrants and search warrants will also be covered. We will also review District Attorney charging decisions.

Part 3: Trial Prep and Sentencing

This session will focus exclusively on trial preparation and sentencing. We will focus on victim preparation and well as the need for cooperation and preparation between the District Attorney and the Detective. We will also look at sentencing guidelines and what to expect from the Sentencing phase.

Part 4: In-Depth Case Review

This session will bring the previous sessions together by focusing exclusively on in-depth case reviews. It will include successes, failures, and lessons learned.

Please email cirinc@cirinc.org for a link to the recordings.


Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Reunification Following Abduction

This basic training introduces participants to the recovery, reunification and reintegration after a child has been abducted. It is suitable for: Child Abuse and Abduction Programs, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, Mental Health, Non-profit Organizations, Prosecutors and Investigators, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Programs, Victim Witness, Visitation Monitors and School Personnel. This webinar was recorded on June 10, 2015 and is 54 minutes. 

Presenter Cari Teran is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides individual, couples and family therapy for adolescents and adults. Cari specializes in recovery from trauma or abuse and abduction reunification, among other topics. She is a member of the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, Los Angeles County Child Abduction Task Force and a presenter for the California State Child Abduction Task Force. She has presented on topics related to childhood trauma, child abduction and battered women and children. She provides ongoing education to the Los Angeles Police Department on domestic violence and emergency response.

To view the webinar, click here and you will be taken to the recording on SlideShare. 


Recognizing, Assessing and Treating Trauma in Children

One of the main elements of a trauma-informed system is that system has strategies and procedures in place to recognize a child’s trauma history, including child sexual abuse and any effects of that trauma, refer children who screen positive for trauma responses for a more thorough trauma assessment, have mental health partners available and trained to conduct a trauma-informed assessment, and that assessment information is used to direct the child to the most appropriate treatment. The presenter will offer a broad overview of screening, assessment, and treatment practices for children who have experienced traumatic events, including sexual abuse. The presenter will then provide the audience members with detailed descriptions of trauma screening, assessment and treatment practices, highlight tools that currently exist to facilitate effective trauma screening and assessment in cases of sexual abuse, and provide strategies that child welfare and mental health agencies can use to improve their screening and assessment practices for sexual abuse. Participants will be able to: identify tools that exist to help screen children for trauma; describe the components of a trauma-informed mental health assessment; and identify treatment practices that are effective in treating children with trauma symptoms. This webinar was recorded on May 28, 2013 and is 1 hour and 20 minutes long. 

Presenter Lisa Conradi, PsyD. is a Psychologist and Project Manager with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

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Sexting and Our Youth

Join us for a conversation with national expert Nancy V. Gifford on the topic of “sexting” and our youth. “Sexting” is commonly defined as youth taking sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves or others in their peer group and sending those photos or messages via cell phones or computers to their peers. We’ll discuss prevalence, cases, response, and national trends. The recording of our Sexting webinar was taken June 24, 2010. It is 1hour 3minutes long. We apologize for all of the phone beeps as participants came in and out of the webinar room.

Presenter Nancy V. Gifford is a consultant with the Family Online Safety Institute, an international, non-profit membership organization committed to developing a safer Internet. In addition, Ms. Gifford is special counsel to the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. 

The Microsoft study on online reputations and hiring practices referred to during the training can be found here.

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Supporting Victims of Online Predation: Current Issues

This webinar recording is intended for professionals working with multidisciplinary teams. It provides an overview of current issues in Cyber Crime and will focus on answering questions submitted by attendees in advance. It includes a discussion of the unique dynamics of online victimization of children, information on internet predators, and technology dangers such as sexting, malware, sextortion, and human trafficking. Case study examples will be provided. It is intended for professionals working with multi-disciplinary teams on issues related to child abuse. This webinar was recorded on March 18, 2015 and is 1 hour and 32 minutes.

Presenter Tracy Webb is the Counsel for Child Abuse Policy and Cyber Crime Prosecution in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. She is a career prosecutor who has spent the majority of her career prosecuting family violence and child abuse cases. Tracy is currently an active member of the Federal Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force and co-chair of the Los Angeles County Cyber Crime Task Force. She is a frequent speaker locally and nationally in the area of technology facilitated crimes, child abuse and exploitation.

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Taking the High Road: Ethical Challenges and the Multidisciplinary Team

There are many benefits of working in a multidisciplinary team. However, ethical challenges can result from conflicting roles and values. This workshop will examine these specific ethical issues as they relate to members of multidisciplinary teams. This webinar will examine how every decision made reflects not only the ethical principles of each team member individually, but also each team member’s sensitivity and commitment to the team concept. It will provide information on: recognizing the essential steps for ethical problem solving in a team setting; how to identify and analyze ethical issues, client rights and confidentiality related to family violence issues; considering privacy in a multidisciplinary setting; how to problem solve when team members are not “on the same page”; how clients’ rights are uniquely related to the multidisciplinary team approach. Mr. Powers presents a decision making model outlining useful steps for team members to follow, allowing a consistent approach for teams facing ethical dilemmas. This webinar was recorded on May 6, 2014 and is 1 hour and 37 minutes. 

Presenter Dan Powers, LCSW is a clinical social worker and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Clinical Director for Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse professionals. He is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force.

To view this webinar, click here and you will be taken to the recording on SlideShare. 


Two-Part Introduction to Child Sexual Abuse

Part 1: How It Happens: Understanding Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse

This session is intended for professionals who work with child victims of sexual abuse. After this workshop, participants will: know the physical, behavioral and emotional indicators of sexual abuse; understand how developmental and cultural differences affect disclosures of and responses to sexual abuse; understand the offending cycle; understand the range of victim responses to CSA; understand the range of non-offending responses to CSA; know the roles and responsibilities of the multiple professionals who become involved in CSA cases; know which sexual behaviors with and between minors must be reported under California’s child abuse laws. 1 hour and 25 minutes. 

Part 2: Is This Normal? Typical and Atypical Sexual Behavior in Children

This session is intended for professionals who work with children. After this workshop, participants will: be able to identify typical childhood sexual behaviors in different developmental stages; recognize the role that culture plays in shaping sexual behavior; be able to distinguish normal childhood curiosity from sexually concerning behaviors; be able to articulate facts and myths about connections between sexual abuse and sexual behaviors in childhood; become aware of “red flags” for atypical sexual behavior in childhood and adolescence; be able to describe developmental changes in adolescence which impact decision making related to sexual behavior. 1 hour and 18 minutes. 

Presenter Miriam Wolf is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over twenty years of experience in the field of child abuse and neglect. She is a trainer and curriculum developer in areas such as forensic interviewing, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and related topics, and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Currently, she works as a program consultant to the Keller Center, conducting forensic interviews and providing program consultation.

To view Part 1, click here. 

To view Part 2, click here. 


Understanding Vicarious Trauma: Ask the Expert (2018)

Vicarious trauma (VT) and Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) are frequently used interchangeably to refer to the indirect trauma that can occur when we are exposed to difficult or disturbing images and stories second-hand. This can occur by viewing graphic news reports, gruesome or frightening television shows and various other media, hearing a detailed traumatic story from another person, viewing crime scene evidence, working in a court room, attending a debriefing or a conference where disturbing images are described or shown, and many other ways in which we can be indirectly affected by the content or visuals of some other living creature's suffering. Over time, repeated exposure to difficult content can have a negative impact on our functioning and overall mental health, and it is important to develop a sense of our individual warning signs and develop tools to mitigate these negative effects.

Presenter Françoise Mathieu is a Registered Psychotherapist and a compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from over 20+ years as a mental health professional, working as a crisis counselor and trauma specialist in university counseling, military, law enforcement and other community mental health environments. Françoise is co- executive director of TEND, whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helping professionals on topics related to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, self-care, wellness and organizational health.

These recordings are both the Ask the Expert lecture recording with a response to the lecture with a live interactive session on vicarious trauma. The pre-recorded session was recorded on May 10th, 2018 and is 20 minutes in length and the live session was recorded on May 24, 2018 and is 35 minutes in length. 

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To view the live interactive session, click here


Working with Complex Trauma Part 1 (2017)

The term complex trauma describes both children's exposure to multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature, and the wide-ranging, long-term impact of this exposure. These events are severe and pervasive and can include abuse or profound neglect. They usually begin early in life and can disrupt many aspects of the child's development and the very formation of a self. Since they often occur in the context of the child's relationship with a caregiver they interfere with the child's ability to form a secure attachment bond. Many aspects of a child's healthy physical and mental development rely on this primary source of safety and stability. This webinar will provide an overview of complex trauma, its dynamics and how they might manifest during a child's interactions with the child welfare system, and how to create a trauma-informed system to better serve children and families.This webinar was recorded on April 19, 2017 and is 1 hour.

Presenter Lisa Conradi, PsyD. is a Psychologist and Project Manager with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

To view this webinar, click here and you will be taken to the recording on SlideShare. 


Working with Complex Trauma Part 2 (2018)

This webinar is a follow up to 2017's popular webinar with Dr. Lisa Conradi. 

The term complex trauma describes both children's exposure to multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature, and the wide-ranging, long-term impact of this exposure. These events are severe and pervasive and can include abuse or profound neglect. They usually begin early in life and can disrupt many aspects of the child's development and the very formation of a self. Since they often occur in the context of the child's relationship with a caregiver they interfere with the child's ability to form a secure attachment bond. Many aspects of a child's healthy physical and mental development rely on this primary source of safety and stability.

This webinar provides additional information about complex trauma, including content on cultural competency and more on how complex trauma might manifest during a child's interactions with the child welfare system. It was recorded on May 2, 2018 and is 1 hour in length.

Presenter Lisa Conradi, PsyD. is a Psychologist and Project Manager with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

To view this webinar, click here and you will be taken to the recording on SlideShare. 

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