Child Abuse Services
A forensic interview is a neutral, fact-finding interview utilized when an allegation of abuse is made. A forensic interview provides a comfortable, unbiased, child-friendly setting and uses non-suggestive, non-leading interview techniques. Great care is taken in the child’s comfort level, minimizing the number of interviews and conducting the interview in a child-friendly atmosphere by trained professionals.
Case managers screen referrals for our program and schedule services for children. They also act as liaisons between parents, investigators and the community. They facilitate Multidisciplinary teams and participate in community education.
Our medical team includes two attending child abuse pediatricians, two child abuse
pediatric fellows, a forensic nursing coordinator, a medical case manager and our team of pediatric forensic nurse examiners.
Forensic Medical Clinic
A forensic medical examination allows for the evaluation of children suspected to have been sexually abused or to have suffered minor physical abuse.
Consultative Services for Investigators
When a child has been evaluated at an outside hospital or has not been evaluated by a medical provider, consultative services allow for expert physician consultation regarding suspicion of abuse.
Inpatient Consultative Services
Inpatient consultative services provide expert physician consultation for hospitalized CHKD patients with suspected abuse or neglect.
Pediatric Forensic Nurse Examination
CHKD’s pediatric forensic nurse examiners provide emergency medical evaluations and evidence collection for children who have been sexually assaulted at the request of law enforcement agencies. When an emergency evaluation is needed, a qualified forensic nurse examiner is available 24 hours a day.
Mental Health Services
Our program’s mental health team comprises of licensed clinical social workers and licensed clinical psychologists. Referrals are accepted from Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) agencies such as
Child Protective Services, law enforcement, or military family advocacy programs. Our services include:
Extended Forensic Evaluation
An extended forensic evaluation is an objective evaluation of allegations of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse of children conducted in a non-threatening child-friendly setting over the course of several sessions. Referrals are accepted only from investigative agencies.
Parenting Capacity Evaluation (PCE)
A PCE is an objective evaluation of a caregiver that aims to help social services organizations and the courts make informed decisions regarding caregiver risks and the fit among a caregiver and child. The PCE is a comprehensive evaluation that is conducted jointly by a licensed clinical social worker and clinical psychologist.
A psychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of children’s personality, cognitive, behavioral and/or emotional functioning, including an examination of the impact of trauma. Psychological evaluations are completed with children who are receiving other mental health services at our program.
Trauma-Specific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-specific cognitive behavioral therapy (TS-CBT; e.g., Cohen, Deblinger & Mannarino, 2004; Kolko & Swenson, 2002) is an evidence-based treatment designed to integrate cognitive behavioral techniques with trauma-specific interventions. The model has been researched in several randomized clinical trials and is considered a Best Practice model for reducing traumatized children’s emotional and behavioral problems. It can be provided alone or together with the Coping in Court module (described below).
Coping in Court Therapy Module
Coping in Court is a therapy module that draws upon cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and systems theory to help victims of child abuse or neglect experiencing distress related to the court process. The Coping in Court therapy module is designed to help children manage their distress while remaining sensitive to the legal process.
For more information, please call (757) 668-6100.