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Bridging Challenges in Forensic Interviewing: A Collaborative Discussion



Date: March 13, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PT

Location: Online

Cost: $100

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Course Overview:

"Bridging Challenges in Forensic Interviewing: A Collaborative Discussion" is designed to inspire interviewers facing hurdles in refining their skills, seeking improvements to established CAC practices, or grappling with the nuances of question design. This event will blend formal training with interactive peer networking. Four distinguished child interview specialists will share their expertise, present insights, and lead small group discussions. Attendees will leave the session not only re-energized but also armed with fresh ideas to navigate the inevitable challenges encountered by interviewers within multidisciplinary teams.

About the Presenters:

Monica Borunda is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is also an adjunct professor at Cal State Los Angeles, and a Child Forensic Interview Specialist and Parent Educator. She is also a trainer, consultant, and expert witness on topics of trauma, child abuse, and child forensic interviewing. In addition, Monica sees children, adults, and families in private practice in the city of Pasadena. 

Kristy Brodeur Dermody has been interviewing suspected child abuse victims for 24 years, and is currently a Child Interview Specialist and Training Coordinator at CALICO Center, Alameda County’s Child Advocacy Center. Kristy is also the Statewide Training Coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Center of California (CACC).

Dr. Lauren E. Maltby is a board-certified psychologist working at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Lauren also works as the Supervising Forensic Psychologist in the K.I.D.S. Hub, where she manages the forensic interview program.

Suzie Walsh is a retired law enforcement professional with over 17 years of experience as a distinguished investigator and child forensic interviewer, is now a Marriage and Family Therapist in southern California. Since joining CIR in 2010, she has been a key figure in training, curriculum development, and collaboration in areas like Multi-Disciplinary Teams and Trauma-Informed Practices. Currently providing therapy at the CALM center, Suzie also offers forensic services, mentorship, and ongoing training, contributing significantly to the advancement of forensic interviewing practices.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and Address Challenges: Participants will identify at least one professional or organizational challenge hindering the implementation of best practices in their MDT/CAC.
  2. Strategic Problem-Solving: Attendees will discuss at least three effective strategies commonly employed by interviewers to overcome challenges encountered in forensic interviewing.
  3. Application of Innovative Ideas: Participants will select at least one new idea or approach discussed during the training to apply in their post-training forensic interviewing practices, aiming to enhance skills, navigate challenges, and/or innovate established procedures within their multidisciplinary teams.

For more information, questions or grievances, please contact Nelle Stanwood at or 707-512-0957. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Nelle Stanwood at Accommodation requests must be received by February 28th, 2024.

This training is funded by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. With your support, CIR provides current, research-based training programs that ensure that children, families, and communities are served in a coordinated, holistic way, allowing professionals in the field to implement strategies to improve their practice.