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Child Abuse Expert Witness | Virginia

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This expert is a Licensed Clinical Social (LCSW) and a Diplomat Child Forensic Interviewer (DCFI). She is currently practicing at an advocacy center in VA. In this role, she coordinates the multidisciplinary team response to child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse investigations. She conducts forensic interviews and extended forensic interviews of child and adolescent alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and witness to crimes. She has also worked at the Safe Shores: The DC Children's Advocacy Center coordinating the Forensic Interview Program and conducting interviews. This expert has conducted hundreds of CAC-based forensic interviews of alleged victims of abuse. She has completed nationally recognized trainings in Forensic Interviewing including ChildFirst-Virginia, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), Childhood Trust, and the National Children's Advocacy Center. She was a faculty member with Child First-Virginia and is a trained facilitator for the Stewards of Children Darkness to Light Curriculum. She has spoken at state and national conferences including the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, the National Center for Victims of Crime, Child Advocacy Centers of Virginia, and the National Children's Alliance Leadership Conference. she has served as an expert witness in both civil and criminal courts providing testimony about forensic interviewing, sexual abuse dynamics, the process of disclosure, delayed disclosure, and interviewing techniques.

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Location: VA
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S.W., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Additional Coursework, 300+ Hours on various topics including child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse dynamics, forensic interviewing, delayed disclosure/disclosure process, memory, suggestibility, and mental health
Licensed,Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Virginia
Diplomat Child Forensic Interviewer(DCFI), National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers

Former, Child Protective Services Social Worker, Buncombe County Department of Social Services (North Carolina)
Former, Psychiatric Clinician in the Emergency Department, Mission St. Joseph's Health System (North Carolina)
Former, Forensic Program Coordinator, Safe Shores: The DC Children's Advocacy Center (Washington, DC)
Current, Clinical Social Worker, children's behavioral center (Virginia)
Current, Forensic Program Coordinator, child advocacy center (Virginia)

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