Session 1D: Putting Together a Statewide Forensic Interview Program
Join us for a discussion of the development of an innovative forensic interview program within the country’s largest hospital-based CAC network. Learn how collaboration between the program, the State Chapter, and the WI Department of Justice evolved into a model of research-based foundational training, advanced training, formal mentorship, statewide and local peer review, and supervision.
Child Advocacy Centers of Wisconsin
Elizabeth Champion, MS, received a BS in English with a Technical Writing Emphasis and a BS in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MS in Applied Psychology with a Community Health Emphasis at Sacred Heart University. Ms. Champion is currently the Executive Director of Child Advocacy Centers of Wisconsin, the statewide Chapter supporting Wisconsin’s 15 child advocacy centers, 2 satellite centers, and other multidisciplinary teams investigating suspected child maltreatment statewide. Previously, Ms. Champion was the Children’s Justice Act Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and the Executive Director of a community-based domestic and sexual abuse program. Ms. Champion serves on multiple statewide committees involved in child maltreatment, including the Children’s Justice Act Task Force, the Office of Crime Victim Services Grant Advisory Board, the Wisconsin Drug Endangered Children Steering Committee, and more.
Forensic Interview Program Supervisor
Liz Ghilardi, MSW, LCSW received her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Social Welfare and her MSW at Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Ghilardi is currently the Forensic Interview Program Supervisor for Child Advocacy and Protection Services within Children’s Wisconsin. She has been employed at Children’s Wisconsin since l990. She has been with the Child Advocacy Center, working as a forensic interviewer, since l992. She has completed over 2000 interviews of children regarding allegations of child maltreatment and witness to violence. Ms. Ghilardi provides training for professionals on issues of child sexual abuse, interviewing children and sexualized behavior. She has also testified in court as an expert witness regarding child sexual abuse and interviewing. She currently supervises 10 forensic interviewers in the Children’s Wisconsin System throughout the state of Wisconsin as well as continues to interview children and conduct training. She has been instrumental in the development of the Wisconsin Forensic Interview Guidelines including the curriculum, training and implementation of these guidelines across the State of Wisconsin. Ms. Ghilardi has been a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and a member of the Wisconsin chapter of that organization (WIPSAC) since 1995.