Welcome to NACCFI

 

 

Dr. Michael Haney  past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), Victor Vieth JD. Executive Director of National Child Protection  Training Center (NCPTC),  Hector M. Campos MSW LCSW,  Chairman of the NACCFI Board of Governance.

The Executive Summary

Child maltreatment is both a public safety concern and in many cases a criminal matter.  For this reason, everything that an alleged child victim tells a first responder is subject to judicial scrutiny in a court of law.    The effective first response begins from the moment that the initial allegation is received and documented. Conducting a comprehensive risk assessment, safety planning, source monitoring and the accurate documentation of physical and testimonial evidence are only a few of the many critical tasks associated with an effective coordinated first response. Effectively questioning a child suspected of being maltreated is perhaps the most challenging and critical task facing the first responder. For this reason it is critical that all first responders and any other professional tasked to interview children who are suspected of maltreatment be properly trained and credentialed. Credentialed first responders provide the general public, the courts and the alleged offender(s) reasonable assurances of objectivity, credibility and effectiveness.

About NACCFI

The National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers (NACCFI) is the only professional credentialing program for child forensic interviewers in the United States.  NACCFI was founded on June 16, 2006 on the principle that conducting child forensic interviews should only be performed by properly trained and credentialed practitioners in compliance with the universally accepted standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is responsible for promoting and enforcing regulatory standards of excellence for voluntary and statutory credentialing programs.  NACCFI is a not for profit, non-stock association incorporated in Virginia, pursuant to Chapter 10 of Title 13.1 of the Code of Virginia (1950).
 
The Practice Standards

The NACCFI multi-tiered credentialing standards include; actual work experience in the profession, specialized evidenced based forensic interview training, evidence of good moral and ethical conduct and a commitment by the credentialed practitioner to the pursuit of continues learning and skill building in the practice of their profession.  The credentialing standards were developed in a consensus driven process that included; Victor Vieth JD, Executive Director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), Dr. Michael Haney, past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and over 720 practicing child forensic interviewers who participated in a National Consensus Standards Survey.  A professional paper entitled, The Case for the Credentialing of Forensic Interviewers  outlines this study. This paper may be downloaded from the NCPTC webpage and was also published in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Volume: 19, Issue 6, 2010.

The Credentialing Board

The primary mission of the NACCFI Credentialing Board is protecting the welfare and safety of the clients we serve and the public’s trust and confidence in the professional practice of child forensic interviewing. Professional credentialing boards are responsible for regulating the evidenced based practice requisites that an applicant must meet in order to qualify for the programs professional credential. The NACCFI Board is responsible for responding and investigating any reports of harmful or unethical practices by any of its credentialed members.  The Board’s regulatory authority and function to carry out its mission is purely voluntary, there is presently no legislative or statutory mandate for any child forensic interviewer to apply or receive professional credentialing.  

The Online Child Forensic Interviewing Course

NACCFI currently offers a 40 hour online training course that meets the initial credentialing training requisites. The “Child Centered Approach to Forensic Interviewing” is a 40 hour online training curriculum designed to teach the foundational core competencies, tasks and functions identified as critical for safe and effective practice.  This  course is available as an interactive live webinar with up to 100 learners or as a self-paced e-learning pre-recorded webinar. There are other nationally recognized trainings programs offering similar trainings. The most recognized training programs include; The National Child Protection Training Center, The American Professional Society for the Abuse of Children, The National Child Advocacy Center, CornerHouse, and Tom Lyons 10 Step Interview Protocol.
To learn more about our 40 hour online training curriculum: [Click Here]

                                   

                                                 

                                                 

                                                      

 

              

 

                              

 

 

                                                  

 

 

 
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 Certification Board Bios

 Hector M. Campos LCSW 
 Clinical Social Worker
 Fredericksburg, Virginia
 Board Chairman
 
 Joan Carter JD, MSW
 Attorney
 Arlington, Virginia
 Board Vice Chairman
 
 Kelly Bober DCFI
 CAC Executive Director
 Winchester, Virginia
 Board Secretary
 
 Naomi Lau  LCSW
 DoD Program Analyst
 Arlington, Virginia
 Board Treasurer
 
 Sylvia Aldaz DCFI, LSAA

 CAC Director

 New Mexico

 Professional Member

 

 Barbara Craig MD, FAAP
 Director AFCCP
 Bethesda, Maryland
 Professional Member
 
 Kristen E. Webb LCSW
 Child Forensic Interviewer
 Bethesda, Maryland
 Professional Member
 
 Daryl B. Leach, LCSW, DCFI
 Child Forensic Interviewer
 Rockville, Maryland
 Professional Member
 
 Lisa Mitton, LCSW
 Child Forensic Interviewer
 Twin Falls, Idaho
 Professional Member
 
 James J. Laster, MA
 Teacher
 Ashburn, Virginia
 Public Member
 
Examination Task Force Bios
 
Johanna Hager  LCPC, DCFI
CAC Executive Director
Morison, Illinois 
 
Hector M. Campos, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Fredericksburg, Virginia
  
Christina Copland M.S. Ed.
Child Forensic Interviewer
Maryville, Tennessee
 
Ann D. Goodall LBSW, ACFI
Social Work Specialist
Child Forensic Interviewer
Topeka, Kansas
 
Leslie Vassilaros, LSW, DCFI
CAC Executive Director
Wheeling, West Virginia
 
Michele Thames, DCFI
Child Forensic Interviewer
Norfolk, Virginia
 
Kelly Bober, DCFI
CAC Executive Director
Winchester, Virginia
 
Paul D. Naylor, PhD
Psychometric Consultant
Durham, North Carolina

Daryl B. Leach LCSW, DCFI
Child Forensic Interviewer
Rockville, Maryland
  
Lisa Mitton, LCSW
Child Forensic Interviewer
Twin Falls, Idaho