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Why choose us:

  • Evidence Based Training
  • Equips delegates with a solid theoretical foundation
  • Theory integrated with practise
  • Opportunities to practise techniques under supervision
  • Kits included with most training courses
  • High standard of evaluation for successful completion
  • Professional support and post training supervision
 

FACT COURSES 2017

PLEASE NOTE: CPD POINTS INDICATED ARE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS AND AUXCILIARY SOCIAL WORKERS.
Additional to the attendance certificate, an outline of the course, the CV of the presenter and confirmation of CPD accreditation by SACSSP are made available on request for professional development portfolios of psychologists / other professionals.

 
 

course in pre-forensic evaluation

This course offers the delegate with a systematic assessment model through which the child’s functioning, in all the spheres of his life, can be evaluated, with specific focus on screening for possible sexual abuse.

This is a child-friendly approach where age-appropriate media and techniques are used to obtain the necessary information. This information enables the professional to give recommendations with regard to the use of further
investigations and provides motivation for the continuance of a forensic investigation. Within the assessment model the following topics are covered:

  • Developmental screening of crucial aspects in forensic assessments
  • Competence assessment of the child;
  • The child’s emotional experience of his/her peer group and school;
  • The child’s emotional experience of his relationship with his/her parents and siblings;
  • Child’s emotional experience of other significant people in his life;
  • Assessment of relationships that cause possible discomfort for the child;
  • Assessment for possible trauma (including abuse, violence, etc.) in the child’s life;
  • Specific screening for sexual abuse.
 

course in forensic interviewing

This course offers delegates with a sound knowledge base on forensic investigations into allegations of sexual abuse. Course delegates are equipped with the necessary knowledge regarding sexual abuse and forensic investigations in order to complete a thorough forensic investigation which includes not only the assessment of the child concerned, but also a thorough collateral investigation and finalizing the process. The following aspects are covered during the course:

  • Understanding sexual abuse – dynamics and theory;
  • Legislation pertaining to sexual abuse;
  • Difference between forensic work and clinical work;
  • Different models in forensic investigations;
  • Various protocols in conducting forensic interview with the child;
  • Extended forensic investigation process;
  • Principles in questioning children and areas of inquiry in abuse disclosures;
  • Use of media and techniques in forensic investigations;
  • Finalizing the process : collateral investigation / alternative hypothesis / drawing conclusions;
  • Ethical and practical issues;
  • Report writing in sexual abuse matters.
 

CPD ACCREDITED COURSES

introduction to child assessment

This course offers the delegate with a systematic theoretical foundation through which the child’s functioning, in all the spheres of his life, can be evaluated and understood. The following topics are covered:

This information enables the professional to give recommendations with regard to the use of further investigations and/or the planning of relevant therapy processes. This theoretical base is also used to draw conclusions and make recommendation that is supported by current theory and research.

  • Understanding of child development and how aspects of child development practically influences a) the assessment process with the child b) the interpretation of information gained during the assessment c) parental guidance;
  • Theoretical understanding of attachment, the importance thereof and components of assessing parent-child attachment;
  • Parent-child relationship and aspects that influences the parent child relationship;
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of emotional development and the emotional needs of the child;
  • Understanding Trauma (including abuse, violence, etc.) in the child’s life;
  • Understanding and assessing the child’s temperament, ego-state functioning and self-esteem;
  • Understanding normal sexual development and problematic sexual behaviour;
  • Basic principles in assessment of children.
 

socio-emotional evaluation of children

The socio-emotional evaluation model is a child-friendly approach where age-appropriate media and techniques are used to obtain the necessary information. This information enables the professional to give recommendations with regard to the use of further investigations and/or the planning of relevant therapy processes. This course offers the delegate with a systematic assessment model through which the child’s functioning, in all the spheres of his life, can be evaluated. Within the assessment model the following topics are covered:

  • Whether the child’s motor and perceptual development falls within the normal limits of his/her age and developmental phase;
  • Where the child’s primary attachment lies;
  • The child’s emotional experience of his/her peer group and school;
  • The child’s emotional experience of his relationship with his/her parents and siblings as well as the child’s emotional experience of his/her parent’s marriage relationship;
  • Assessment for possible trauma (including abuse, violence, etc.) in the child’s life;
  • Assessment of the child’s temperament and self-esteem;
  • Assessment of relationships that cause possible discomfort for the child.
 

interactional analysis: evaluating parent-child interaction

The course enables the student to conduct an evaluation of parent-child interaction consisting out of pre-observational interview, interactional analysis and post observational interview. The purpose of this assessment is to obtain information about the parent child interaction, strengths and weaknesses in the relationship as well as to evaluate attachment and parental skills.

In more specific terms, the course enables the social worker to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:

  • Various models of assessing parent-child interaction;
  • To interview the adults concerned in a pre- and post observational interview e.g. parents, caregivers
  • To integrate information about the parent-child relationship obtained from the parent, child and the interactional session;
  • To determine the strengths and weaknesses of the parent-child relationship;
  • To assess parent-child attachment;
  • To assess parental skills;
  • To plan for effective service rendering to parents and children (including foster care placements and reunification services).
 

facilitating the child's disclosure

This course is aimed at professionals working with children, to equip them with interview skills to facilitate the child’s disclosure of abuse. In socio-emotional evaluations, therapy or even other interactions with children it may happen that they begin to tentatively or actively disclose sexual/physical abuse. This course will provide the professional with the necessary interview skills, questioning techniques and media to facilitate the child’s disclosure.

This course is in no way a substitute for a thorough forensic investigation process. This course purely equips the professional how to effectively and in a legally sound manner facilitate the child’s disclosure of abuse. Although the forensic interviewing skills with which the professional will be equipped in this

course, is similar to the forensic interviewing techniques in forensic evaluation or assessment, the forensic evaluation or assessment of a child covers a wider range of knowledge, skills and techniques that can not be covered in the limited time span of a one week training. This course is therefore aimed at therapist, social workers, police, teachers and counsellors who work with children on a daily basis and who are often confronted with possible disclosures of abuse by a child.

The following aspects is covered by this course:

  • Introduction into understanding the dynamics of abuse;
  • Interviewing and questioning techniques in exploring the child’s disclosure of abuse;
  • Media that the interviewer may use to assist the child in disclosing abuse;
  • Overview of the legal and ethical obligations of the professional once a child has disclosed abuse (Sexual Offence Amendment Act & New Child Care Act).
  • Referrals and the way forward.
 

OTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TROUGH FACT

helping professions

  • Understanding and supporting the non-offending caregiver in child sexual abuse
  • Expert testimony in court
  • Assessing the young child or children with developmental delays
  • Latest developments in the socio-emotional assessment of children

teachers

  • Teachers training on Sexual Abuse
  • Normal sexual development of children, problematic sexual behaviour, dynamics of sexual abuse, prevention of sexual abuse, how to deal with an disclosure of abuse, legal issues)
  • Understanding the child in your classroom
  • (Comprehensive training for teachers to understand how developmental factors, attachment, temperament, trauma and other factors influences the child in their class room)

parents

  • Information evening for parents on normal sexual development and prevention of sexual abuse
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