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Talking with Children About Negative Experiences with Jodi Quas

Seaside (Monterey), CA


May 4, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Seaside (Monterey), CA
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Kris Murphey
707 992 0834

When concerns have been raised about a child having experienced or witnessed a crime, it is often necessary to talk to the child and find out what exactly happened, when, and who was involved. Even if details of the crime are known, it may still be useful to find out specific details from the child. How children are questioned can profoundly affect whether or not children disclose in the first place and, if so, the accuracy of the information they provide.

The presentation will review strategies that can be used to:

(a) increase the children’s willingness to disclose prior negative experiences

(b) increase the amount of detail children provide about those experiences, and do so in a way that does not compromise accuracy, and

(c) decrease children’s tendency to err in their reports.

A second purpose is to describe ongoing controversies regarding interviewing practices and children’s reporting tendencies so that adults faced with the task of finding out what children know can make informed decisions about how best to question children about alleged crimes.

About the Trainer

Dr. Jodi Quas is a Professor of Psychology, Social Behavior and Nursing Science at UC Irvine. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Davis. She has been conducting research for over 15 years and is recognized as a leading researcher and significant contributor to the field of child development. Her research interests include memory development in early childhood, effects of stress and trauma on children’s development, and children’s involvement in the legal system. Specific interests include strategies to improve children’s narrative productivity and accuracy; the effects of stress on children’s memory; emotional regulation and physiological reactivity as predictors of children’s coping with and memory for stressful events; jurors’ perceptions of child witnesses; and consequences of legal involvement on child witnesses and victims.

Credit Available

Course meets qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #128510). CIR Inc. is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and it’s content.

CE units are available for a fee of $45, payable at the time of the training.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.


8:30am:    Registration begins
9:00am:    Welcome
9:15am:    Broad Considerations: Violence Exposure, Development, and Talking with Children about Trauma
10:45am:  The Interview Context: Framing the Questions and Setting
12:00pm:  Lunch
1:00pm:    Current Controversies: Disclosure, Difficult Concepts, and Deception
2:15pm:    New Directions: Tests of Novel Strategies to Increase Disclosures and Reporting
3:30pm:    Q&A
3:45pm:    Evaluations and adjourn

This training is offered FREE of charge.

Participants are responsible for their travel, lodging and food expenses.

A confirmation letter with map and details will be e-mailed to you at least two weeks before the training date. 

To register online, please complete the registration application below:

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Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Kris Murphey at kris.murphey@cirinc.org.  Requests must be received by April 20, 2017.

For more information, questions, or grievances please call 707-992-0834 or visit www.cirinc.org/catta

Produced by the Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance (CATTA) Center, a project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Victim Services Branch.  Presented in collaboration with CAPSAC.