Connect With Your Peers Across the Nation

Using technology to enhance collaboration and networking

What is Midwest Regional Peer Review?
Midwest Regional CAC Peer Review is a national online peer review program coordinated and hosted by the Midwest Regional CAC. Peer Review sessions are moderated by a variety of CAC professionals from around the nation including professional staff from the Midwest and Northeast Regional CACs. The Midwest Regional Peer Review program utilizes Webex, a HIPAA compliant web-conferencing platform. Continuing education credits are available and awarded for each peer review session for a variety of licensed professions including social work, medical and law enforcement.

Who can participate?
Midwest Regional CAC peer review is available to Medical Providers, Forensic Interviewers and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs). Over 1,000 CAC and MDT professionals from 145 CACs currently participate in the program! 

What will I need to participate?
  • Access to a computer with high speed internet
  • Webcam (Built-in or Plug-in)
  • Microphone (Built-in or Plug-in)
  • Speakers (Built-in or Plug-in)

How often are the peer reviews held?
Each month, there are thirteen Forensic Interview Peer Review sessions, four Medical Peer Review sessions, and one SANE Peer Review session. Spanish Speaking Forensic Interview Peer Review is held every other month, and - based on its popularity during its first year in 2016 - we are offering quarterly sessions on Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities. All Medical and SANE Peer Review sessions typically last one hour, while all other sessions last approximately 90 minutes.

Peer Review for Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities just finished its first year in 2016 and will be offered three times a year in 2017. This peer review is specifically designed to have interviews where the individual being interviewed has some type of disability. Participants can share and receive feedback regarding language use, advocacy issues and more. These sessions will have a moderator who has expertise in working with individuals with disabilities to provide that insight.

What are the expectations of participating sites?
Sites participating in peer review are expected to attend on a routine basis (at least 9 sessions per year) AND to take turns presenting cases for peer review. Participating sites must commit to the entire year, participating on a monthly basis. It is the presenting site's responsibility to find a substitute if they are unable to present for their assigned date.

 Cost: Annual fee of $150.00 per CAC. This fee is charged by the site, not the individual participants. Once a CAC has registered to participate in the peer review program, any CAC staff/MDT partner can participate in any or all of the peer review sessions offered. NOTE: There may be an additional cost incurred for sites whose interview recordings are not available in one of the acceptable formats or able to be converted to one of those formats. The typical cost for file conversion software is about $49.

The 2017 Peer Review Session takes place from January 1, 2017 through December 30, 2017.

Enrollment ended on October 28, 2016; however, if you are still interested in participating during the 2017 session, please contact Kim Martinez, Program Manager Peer Review & Medical Academy, at kim.martinez@childrensmn.org or by phone at 612-759-9344.

 

The purpose of forensic interview peer review is to provide Forensic and/or Child Interview Specialists and MDT Partners with an opportunity to review forensic interviews, discuss specific interview techniques, provide feedback regarding the quality of documentation, and review relevant research.

Goals of Forensic Interview Peer Review

  • Provide CAC Forensic Interviewers and MDT Professionals with the opportunity to discuss forensic interviews and provide feedback regarding those interviews in cases of suspected child abuse or neglect. To increase the knowledge of forensic interviewers at Children’s Advocacy Centers nationally.
  • To enhance the quality of documentation of forensic interviews in cases of suspected child abuse.
  • Provide forensic interviewers the opportunity to network with other interviewers.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact, Kim Martinez, Program Manager Peer Review & Medical Academy, at kim.martinez@childrensmn.org or by phone at 612-759-9344.

Evaluation and CEUs

Did you recently participate in forensic interviweing peer review? Click below to complete an EVALUATION to receive CEUs.

Medical Peer Review provides an opportunity for CAC Medical Professionals to discuss the interpretation of medical findings, review documentation, and provide feedback regarding the quality of documentation. The Midwest Regional CAC hosts two medically-focused peer review groups - one general and one for SANE nurses. Each peer review group meets on a monthly basis for one hour.

Goals of Medical Peer Review

  • Enhance the quality of documentation of physical findings in cases of suspected child abuse.
  • Provide the opportunity to discuss findings and interpretation of findings in cases of suspected child abuse or neglect.
  • Increase the knowledge of medical providers in Children’s Advocacy Centers nationally.
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss cases of suspected child abuse and neglect in multi-user national, multi-user regional as well as point-to-point connections.

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact, Kim Martinez, Program Manager Peer Review & Medical Academy, at kim.martinez@childrensmn.org or by phone at 612-759-9344.

Evaluation and CEUs

Did you recently participate in medical peer review? Click below to complete an EVALUATION to receive CEUs.