Project FORECAST simulations are intensive, one-day training sessions that introduce the most important concepts for helping children impacted by trauma. Under the guidance of an experienced facilitator, participants can observe, make decisions, and roleplay within a fictional scenario, while seeing how their actions play out in real-time. All of our simulations give participants an opportunity to apply the NCTSN’s 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families, as well as TIERS.

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Abuse Disclosure

Katie Anderson, a kindergarten-age student, makes an accidental disclosure of sexual abuse. Participants are tasked with gathering relevant information from the child, determining what kind of questions to ask, and who should be involved. 

Concepts Explored:

Minimal facts interviewing, mandated reporting, multidisciplinary team protocols, initial investigation, functions of a child advocacy center.

Simulation: Abuse Disclosure

Healthcare Setting

Step into a simulated emergency department where Caleb Perez, a 32-month old child, was admitted by his father and grandmother with serious hand injuries. This simulation will help participants develop an understanding of the initial abuse investigation, roles of a multidisciplinary team, and trauma-informed engagement with healthcare consumers.

Concepts Explored:

Mandated reporting, multidisciplinary team protocols, initial investigation, family interviews, safety planning.

A young hispanic child

Home Investigation

Following a mandated report, participants plan to investigate the home of five-year-old Hailey Miller where they will identify and gather additional evidence. Then, they’ll make a determination of the abuse allegations and consider next steps for the family.

This simulation will rely on a participant’s instincts, while highlighting the common mistakes made early in a trauma investigation.

Concepts Explored:

Documentation review, investigation planning, home visitation, forensic interviewing.

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Forensic Process

Go in-depth on a forensic investigation with the case of nine-year-old Samara Green. Participants will learn how to identify, gather, and share information before making final recommendations for the case, such as determining the need for arrests or foster care.

This scenario relies heavily on participants learning to carefully engage alleged offenders, while preserving the ability to gather further evidence.

Concepts Explored:

Multidisciplinary team protocols, forensic interviewing, functions of a child advocacy center, investigation planning, safety planning, judicial and legal process.

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"A veteran social worker stated it opened her eyes to service delivery and duties/roles of other service providers. It also helped her deal with her childhood trauma. She felt the environment was a safe place to share and learn."

Paula Granger
Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence