Rita Farrell

Rita Farrell

Zero Abuse Project

Rita Farrell serves as the Lead Forensic Interview Specialist of the Zero Abuse Project. Rita manages the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Training Program, ChildFirst® Arkansas state program, and the development of advanced training courses and programs for forensic interviewers.

Rita is a certified law enforcement instructor and provides training and technical assistance for child protection professionals. Rita currently conducts forensic interviews and has interviewed more than 1,500 children. She serves as an expert witness on child sexual abuse, authored many peer reviewed articles specific to forensic interviewing and has trained nationally since 2005 on issues relating to child maltreatment and forensic interviewing.

Rita graduated from Ball State University with a degree in secondary education and was the founding executive director of Chaucie’s Place, a Child Advocacy Center in Hamilton County, Indiana. As a national trainer, Rita continues to champion the cause of child advocacy and the field of forensic interviewing.

How Do I Defend My Interview in Court?

Room 203

Download session presentation   The field of forensic interviewing is a constantly evolving profession. This lecture will provide participants concrete suggestions for defending their work in court and how to prepare for testifying in court. They will also learn about common cross-examination tactics and how to respond to them. Finally, participants will learn how to […]

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Advanced Interviewing of Adolescents

Room 203

Download session presentation This workshop discusses the unique challenges facing forensic interviewers and investigators when working with adolescent or teenage victims of child maltreatment and offers concrete suggestions for working with this population including a primer on understanding the world of today’s teens. Learning Objectives • Learn challenges facing forensic interviewers when interviewing adolescents. • […]

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