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Date: October 26, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT

Location: Online

Cost: $150

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Course Overview:

“Bumps in Best Practice” will provide ideas for interviewers who are struggling with improving their interview skills, want to evolve longstanding practices at their CAC, and/or just can’t get the hang of using more open-ended invitations. This three-hour training will be part formal training and review, part peer networking, and part “Ask the Expert." Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in conversation with peers and the trainer, with a goal of leaving re-energized and with new ideas to address the inevitable “bumps” that arise for interviewers on multidisciplinary teams.

Please note that ASL interpretation will be provided for this training.

About the Presenters:

Miriam Wolf, MS, LCSW is a forensic interview specialist, trainer, expert witness and curriculum developer in the areas of child maltreatment and sexual abuse, forensic interviewing, multidisciplinary teaming, and related topics. Miriam is currently the Director of the Forensic Interviewing Program in San Mateo County, CA, where she has conducted forensic interviews and provided program consultation at their accredited Child Advocacy Center (CAC) since 2003. She previously served as Director of Stuart House, one of the first CACs in the nation and has nearly 30 years of experience as a program director, director of training, social worker, and therapist in a variety of children’s service agencies and has served on the boards of CAPSAC and CACC (Children’s Advocacy Centers of California). Miriam has authored several pieces of curricula and manuals used state-and nationwide to train social workers and other professionals including California’s Child Forensic Interviewer Training (primary author of the 2002, 2007, and 2015 versions, consultant and module-specific author of the 2022 version), CalSWEC’s Child Sexual Abuse and Interviewing curricula (2002 versions) and CalSWEC's Child Maltreatment Identification (2002 and 2021 versions). She serves on the faculty of two national forensic interview training programs, APSAC and Fox Valley's FIT-CST, the latter specific to interviewing of minor victims of sex trafficking. A Licensed Clinical Social worker, she holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

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

1)    Identify at least one “bump,” or a personal or organizational struggle, in implementing best practices in their MDT/CAC.

2)    Discuss at least three strategies to address “bumps” commonly identified by interviewers.

3)    Select at least one new idea to try post-training!

Agenda (PT TIME):
1:00 - 2:30 PM – Introductions and review of objectives. Break-out room discussions to identify common “bumps” and report-backs. Mini-lecture on best practices (open-ended question design, NEP, note taking and more!)

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM – Break

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM – Break-out room discussions, “Ask the Expert” session with the trainer, and transfer-of-training reflection activity.

For more information, questions or grievances, please contact Nelle Stanwood at or 707-710-9340. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Nelle Stanwood at Accommodation requests must be received by October 13, 2023.

Continuing Education Credit:

Continuing Education Credit Cost: $45

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants may also apply for Continuing Education Credits for $45 after the event when they fill out the follow-up survey. Course meets qualifications for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #128590). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Certificates for CE Credits will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event. If you would like to cancel your CE application or would like a refund, please contact Goretti Alvarez at or 707-992-0537.

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.