Understanding the Critical Role They Have in Our Communities

The following topics will be discussed:

  • history of the child advocacy movement
  • explain the child advocacy center model
  • provide a case example
  • discuss the critical role of interprofessional collaboration

Ms. Didier has dedicated her career to serving children and families affected by abuse and neglect. Her roles in the past twenty years have included group home worker, juvenile probation officer, social worker, Child Protective Services Initial Assessment worker, youth with sexual behaviors group facilitator, therapist, crisis counselor, and forensic interviewer. In her previous position as forensic interviewer at the Children’s Hospital of WI – Child Protection Center, she completed interviews for local, state, and federal investigators; facilitated peer reviews; mentored new interviewers; provided both expert and fact testimony; offered guest lectures