Zero Abuse Project Child Abuse and Maltreatment Training for the MDT

Training Overview

Join in-person at Beltrami County, MN for a full day of training on special topics on the systemic response to allegation of child abuse and maltreatment. This training will cover topics such as Dynamics of Child Abuse, Understanding Child Abuse and the CAC & MDT Response, and Your FIRST Response to Alleged Child Maltreatment.

This training is designed for child abuse multidisciplinary professionals and youth-serving professionals including, but not limited to, child protection workers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, mental health workers, advocacy professionals, medical team members, guardian ad litems, supportive services workers, cultural liaisons, teachers, school staff and administrative professionals, child care staff, and youth programming professionals. We encourage you to share this opportunity with other professionals you feel will find it beneficial!

About the Trainers

Rachel Johnson is the Lead Forensic Interview Specialist with Zero Abuse Project. She most recently served as the Program Director for the Minnesota Children’s Alliance and has fourteen years of experience in work related to forensic interviewing, multidisciplinary teams, advocacy, child abuse, prevention education, and intimate partner violence, both domestically and abroad.

Prior to her work at the Alliance, Rachel served as a forensic interviewer and the Forensic Program Coordinator at First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth, Minn. She is trained in multiple forensic interview protocols and received Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Service, Sociology and Spanish at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

Rachel is passionate about working directly with children and families, supporting frontline professionals and improving the institutional response to victimization by centering the experiences of victims at all levels of consideration and decision-making.

Caitie Dahl is a Forensic Interview Specialist and Trainer with Zero Abuse Project. Prior to joining Zero Abuse, Caitie served as a Forensic Interviewer, Forensic Program Coordinator, Trainer, and Multidisciplinary Team Facilitator with First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth, Minnesota.

Caitie enjoys working with children, and providing a trauma-friendly, and legally defensible opportunity for victims of abuse to share their experience. Additionally, she enjoys training professionals in the field to strengthen their response to reports of child maltreatment, and collaborate with other multidisciplinary professionals when working with children and families throughout the investigative process.

Caitie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where she also studied and conducted research on topics such as coercive interviewing, false confessions, wrongful convictions, and suggestibility and memory errors. Caitie also served as the Program Manager at the campus Gender Equity Resource Center, and is passionate about recognizing and addressing the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ youth who have experienced maltreatment.


Register through ZAP

Lunch: Lunch is not being provided.

This training is being conducted free of charge for participants under grant funding provided by the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs.

Certificates: A certificate of attendance will be provided for all attendees that complete the entire day of training.


Beltrami County Administration Building
701 Minnesota Ave NW, Suite 102
Bemidji, MN 56601 United States
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