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Forensic Interviewing
A forensic interview is a neutral, fact finding interview that is legally defensible in court.  The interviewer is a highly trained professional who interviews children to help authorities and partner agencies determine if they have been physically/sexually abused.  In addition to yielding information on whether abuse has occurred, this approach produces evidence that will stand up in court if the investigation leads to criminal prosecution.    Forensic interviews are legally sound because they ensure the  interviewer's objectivity, employ non-leading techniques and emphasize accurate documentation of the interview via video recording.
 
Forensic Medical Examination
Forensic medical examinations are performed by a SANE-P, SANE-A (Sexual Assault Nurse Eaminer-Pediatric/Adolescent) Nurse.  The nurse is certified in conducting pediatric and adolescent sexual assault exams.  Medical examinations of our child clients include, wellness exams, testing for STD's (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) when appropriate and specific exam techniques for alleged sexual assaults.  Our medical provider is available to testify in court when necessary.  What an incredible blessing it is to be able to treat children in our child friendly medical exam room instead of a hospital environment.
 
Mental Health Counseling Services
Dr. Holli Sink and Christina Holley, therapist at Center of Excellence works in conjunction with the CAC to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).   It is a treatment intervention designed to help children, youth, and their parents overcome the negative effects of traumatic life events such as child sexual or physical abuse; traumatic loss of a loved one; domestic, school, or community violence or exposure to disasters, terrorist attacks, or war trauma.  Extensive research has shown that TF-CBT is the gold standard in treatment for childhood trauma and traumatic grief. This treatment is consistently effective in reducing children's traumatic symptoms as well as symptoms of depression and behavioral problems. The therapists office is just minutes away from the CAC, located in Boone.  Center of Excellence is also under the umbrella of Southmountain Children and Family Services.
 
Multi-Disciplinary Team
The multi-disciplinary team(MDT) is made up of represenatives from Avery and Watauga counties.  The MDT is key to the CAC and includes members from law enforcement, child protective services, district attorney's office, medical professionals and mental health therapists.  The MDT meets monthly to review and discuss cases that involve child sexual or physical abuse.  The primary objective of the MDT is to focus at all times on the well being of the child victim and avoiding any unnecessary trauma to the child and their non-offending caretaker.

 

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