Brief Overview: The Child Protective Investigation Team model serves as an integral component in meeting the judicial, physical, and emotional needs of children following occurrences of physical and sexual abuse within our communities. In the review, discussion, and indication of presented cases, each member of the MDT process serves as an autonomous representative of his or her field, offering expertise and insight directly from the members discipline. The concept of social conformity is often used to describe an individuals agreement to the majority position, brought about either by a desire to be liked or accepted (normative conformity) or because of a desire to be correct (informational), or simply to conform to a social role (identification). In this 90-minute workshop, Thomas Mitchell, Clinical Consultant for the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, provides insight related to the phenomenon of social influence within group settings. The integrity of the CPIT MDT process can be compromised due to variables related to social conformity. Within the workshop, participants will gather an understanding of social influence as well as tools to safeguard against conformity, resulting in the optimal functioning of purpose-driven focus of MDT protocol.
Expert Presenter: Thomas Mitchell, LPC-MHSP, NCC currently serves as Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House in Covington, Louisiana. Thomas began his CAC career with the Carl Perkins Center in 2013 as a Clinical Therapist. He went on the become the Director of Clinical Services, providing oversight of trauma-focused therapy in 16-Children’s Advocacy Centers across West Tennessee. Thomas performed undergraduate and graduate coursework at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. Prior to his work at the Carl Perkins Centers, Thomas was employed with Agape Child and Family Services as an Adoption Support and Preservation Therapist. Thomas holds certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trust-Based Relational Interventions(R) as both a Practitioner and Educator. His research interests include normative conformity, complex developmental trauma, and neurological effects of trauma. He is an active member of the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association and American Counseling Association. Thomas resides in Covington, LA with his wife Sayuri and twin daughters, Zoe and Emma.
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