Conversations about Child Advocacy with Anthony DeVincenzo
Hello and welcome to Difficult Conversations – Lessons I learned as an ICU Physician with Dr. Anthony Orsini. Today, I am blessed to have as my guest and longtime friend, Tony DeVincenzo. He is here to talk about difficult conversations in child advocacy and child abuse. Currently, he is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, where he provides training and technical assistance to child advocacy centers and child abuse multi-disciplinary teams throughout the Northeast Region of the United States. Tony has also presented workshops in a variety of topics related to child advocacy. Before working in the child advocacy field, Tony served 25 years in law enforcement in New Jersey, a majority of his career was spent as a Detective investigating crimes against children. After supervising the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, and Internet Crimes Against Children, Unit, he retired from law enforcement in 2013 as a Lieutenant. He is also an adjunct faculty member at local colleges teaching courses related to Criminal Justice and Child Advocacy. As always, Dr. Orsini keeps his promise about two things, that you will feel inspired, and you will have learned valuable lessons to be a better and more compassionate communicator.
Tony tells us why he decided to enter the child abuse unit as a young police officer and why it remains such passion for him. We learn the one type of case that really affects him more than others. Tony takes us through the process of the child advocacy center, from when he gets the phone call of child abuse, to the process of the investigation, and the training of interviewing children and teens. Also, we learn about the different ways allegations are made. Dr. Orsini shares a funny story about something his son said to his teacher when he was little. Tony DeVincenzo makes a point of stating that child abuse is the one thing that spans every demographic. He shares an important piece of advice. Tony tells us 2 conversations that he has found difficult to have with families dealing with child abuse, and familiarizes us with the term “non-offending caregiver.” He also gives advice on the proper way to have conversations with family members and how the healing process can start. Find out all about the Northeast Children’s Advocacy Center and how you can get involved in your community. Did you know Tony has his own podcast too? It’s called NRCAC Team Talk Podcast, If you enjoyed this podcast, please hit the subscribe button to find out more about what we do and how we teach communication.