Utilizing Language Interpretation in Child Abuse Interviews

Utilizing Language Interpretation in Child Abuse Interviews

Training Details

Minnesota Children’s Alliance (Alliance) is excited to host Utilizing Language Interpretation in Child Abuse Interviews, with Rachel Johnson, forensic interview specialist with Zero Abuse Project, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, via Zoom HealthCare.

In this session participants will examine how multidisciplinary team members and interviewers can meet the needs of the child sitting in the interview room through accessibility. Providing language facilitation and interpretation services are vital to accessibility in the forensic interview process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase the understanding of assessing the needs of children and non-offending caregivers requiring language interpretation.
  2. An overview of considerations prior to, during, and after the forensic interview process.
  3. Learn tools and strategies for utilizing interpreters in the forensic interview.

Presenter Bio

Rachel Johnson - HeadshotRachel Johnson has over a decade of experience in work related to child abuse, forensic interviewing, multidisciplinary teams, victimization, advocacy, prevention education, and family violence, both domestically and abroad. She currently works as a forensic interview specialist with Zero Abuse Project where she provides training and technical assistance to child abuse professionals, designs and develops curricula, and conducts forensic interviews at community-based centers. Rachel most recently served as the program director for the Minnesota Children’s Alliance.

Prior to her work at the Alliance, Rachel served as a forensic interviewer and the forensic program coordinator at First Witness Child Advocacy Center. She is trained in multiple forensic interview protocols. Rachel received Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Service, Sociology, and Spanish at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Rachel is passionate about working directly with children and families, supporting front-line professionals, and improving the institutional response to victimization by centering the experiences of victims at all levels of consideration and decision-making.


Registration Fee: $30

We are excited to bring this training to you. The Alliance believes anti-racist and culturally responsive services are essential to helping children heal. We continue to offer the highest quality training, with nationally renowned speakers, virtually.

Membership Discount

The Minnesota Children’s Alliance recognizes the role our members play in keeping Minnesota kids safe. In order to promote the success of our members in their work, we offer a 50 percent discount on all training opportunities. If you are not yet a member of the Minnesota Children’s Alliance, you can sign-up for a free individual membership by completing this form.

Cancelation Policy

The Alliance recognizes that sometimes professionals are called away at the last minute to accommodate the needs of our kids. The Alliance offers a full refund, minus any Eventbrite fees, for cancellation notices received 24 hours in advance of the training. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations received within 24 hours of the training start time. Some sessions are recorded and can be viewed up to two weeks after the training date. Please contact Stephanie Kimble at [email protected] to cancel or request a copy of the recorded training.


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