Is It Them Or Is It Us? Understanding and Enhancing Children’s Disclosures in Sexual Abuse Cases
Presenter: Laurie Fortin, LCSW
MDT agencies are tasked with the investigation and protection of children, yet we are continually challenged to do so when sometimes the only evidence is the child’s disclosure. We are quick to identify things about the child’s disclosure that makes us question their veracity, but is it really them or is it us? This training will explore our own misconceptions and biases related to sexual abuse, as well as ways in which we can negatively impact a child’s credibility through our questioning of them and/or misperception of their behavior and actions. Likewise, the training will broaden our lens in understanding the child’s disclosure in a way that better enables us to protect them and to utilize techniques that help maximize their abilities.