About Michelle Peterson, M.Ed.

Michelle Peterson is an expert in prevention, investigation, and research in the field of child abuse. With a career spanning more than 30 years, she is one of the nation’s most experienced and sought-after forensic interviewers of children in addition to her work as a court-qualified national expert witness. She has conducted more than 4,000 courtroom-ready recorded forensic interviews of children who have experienced abuse and/or witnessed a crime.

For years, Michelle was in charge of child abuse investigations and training in one of the most admired child advocacy centers in the country. As an expert in child abuse dynamics and investigations, Michelle has developed and delivered training programs for law enforcement, prosecutors, and investigative team members. In addition, she has trained and educated parents, victim advocates, youth organizations, and child-care professionals on the prevention, detection, warning signs, awareness, and reporting of child abuse.

In 2007, Michelle became the president and founder of Michelle Peterson Consulting, LLC, where she continues to educate, prevent, and provide expertise in the field of child abuse. Widely sought after as an independent consultant by many public and private agencies, she also works with youth organizations to write policies and procedures designed to protect children’s safety as well as the integrity of the organization.

Michelle is the recipient of multiple honors for outstanding contributions in the service of victims. Her education includes a master of education degree (M.Ed.) and more than 1,800 hours of child abuse training. In addition, she is a Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) certified trainer.

Michelle has served on the state of Arizona’s Child Fatality Review Board and the Child Abuse Investigation Policy and Procedure Board for Boulder County, Colorado.

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