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Quarterly MDT Corner

Welcome to the MDT Corner! This quarterly blog post will be where we distribute updates specifically geared toward our multidisciplinary team (MDT) members. We will also include these updates in our quarterly email newsletter.

Forensic Medical Exam Questions

Wondering how to answer questions about the forensic medical exam? We know it can be difficult to help caregivers understand the benefits of a forensic medical exam.  Please consider using this resource as a guide.

Child Abuse Summit

The next Child Abuse Summit is scheduled for April 24 – 26, 2019 at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott. This is a great learning opportunity for all MDT members!  More information is available here. We hope to see you there!

Case Review at CornerHouse

See our MDT’s accomplishments from 2018 here! MDT members gather on the 2nd Friday of every month from 8:30 – 10:00 to review active and closed cases and learn from each other.  Any MDT member can nominate a case for review by notifying Nancy Seger at or 612-813-8337. All Hennepin County investigators are welcome to attend case review, whether they have a case on the agenda or not.

New Staff

We’re excited to announce two new interviewers to our CornerHouse staff, Elizabeth Eagle and Stephanie Randolph, as well as our new Family Services Director, Sarah Lockhart! They each come to CornerHouse with significant experience working with children and families who have experienced abuse and trauma.

Center for Safe and Healthy Children Open House

CornerHouse’s medical partners are getting ready to open up some beautiful new clinic space at the University of Minnesota!  Register to attend their Open House on March 7 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM here.

Hennepin County SMARTeam

CornerHouse was invited to join the SMARTeam in 2018. We are pleased to support their efforts to promote a victim-centered response to sexual assault victims.  More information about the SMARTeam is available here.

Healing, Justice & Trust

Thanks to all of you who responded to CornerHouse feedback surveys! The results have been included in the National Children’s Alliance’s 2018 report on outcomes for children’s advocacy centers, available here.

CornerHouse Briefing: Pursuing Justice Together

We are currently accepting registrations for the next CornerHouse Briefing on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM! New MDT members (including law enforcement, child protection, victim witness advocates, mental health providers, medical personnel, and prosecutors) will get an overview of CornerHouse services, tour the facility, and learn how to partner effectively with us. They will also get to see a tape of a forensic interview and role plays of the pre- and post-interview team meetings! CEUs are approved for social workers, legal professionals, and law enforcement officers. Please RSVP to Melissa Henry at or 612-813-8310. You can learn more on our flyer here. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues!

Free MDT Education for Hennepin County Investigators

Former Brooklyn Center Police officer, Bill Koncar (currently a Forensic Interviewer at CornerHouse), and Lauren Glass, a CornerHouse Family Services Case Manager, are available to provide training (of any length) to police departments and other MDT partners regarding CornerHouse’s practices and procedures. This session may be especially helpful for new investigators, but may also be helpful for patrol officers and anyone else who comes into contact with children or adolescents who may have experienced or witnessed abuse. This well-regarded education session has already been provided to a number of Hennepin County police departments, including Minnetrista, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, St. Louis Park, and Richfield. Please contact Bill at or 612-813-8327 to schedule your department's session today. Other training may be available for partners outside Hennepin County.

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