APSAC Child Interviewing – Where Research Meets Practice (3-Part Series)

Training Overview

Forensic child interviewing topics are examined in this three part webinar series. The webinars are designed for new to experienced interviewers and will explore the free narrative, interview rules and focused questions.​

PART 1 – What is the Name of your Cat – Exploring the Free Narrative (September 27)

Description: The free narrative step is a research based best practice in investigative interviews for obtaining the child or youth’s version of events in their own words. If you are curious about how the name of your cat is related to the free narrative, this webinar will explore types of questions / prompts in the free narrative step and what the research tells us about interviewers’ ability to stay in the free narrative. Participants will learn the principles of the free narrative step, how to effectively use open-ended questions / prompts and strategies to stay in the free narrative step.

PART 2 – Why Follow the Rules – Exploring Interview Rules (October 25)

Description: Interview rules are a research based best practice for investigative interviews. Our society has many sets of rules, and we don’t always follow them. This webinar will explore the research behind interview rules and how following the rules can benefit the interviewee and the interviewer. Participants will learn about the most common interview rules and be provided with strategies for effective implementation of the interview rules.

PART 3 – Fun in the Funnel – Exploring Focused Questions (November 29)

Description: The funnel is an analogy to understand the concept of beginning with broad questions and moving to more focused questions. The concept of broad to more focused questions is a best practice for gaining accurate information in the least leading manner. This webinar will explore how to gather information about events or topics. The fun in the funnel is learning how this concept can build structure in an investigative interview, which is beneficial for the interviewee and the interviewer. Participants will learn how to apply the funnel concept and strategies for building structure in an interview.

About Presenter

Andy Stuart is the Training Division Manager with The Forensic Practice in British Columbia, Canada. Andy became a StepWise instructor in 2008, under the direct supervision of Dr. John Yuille and Dr. Hugues Hervé. Since then, he has trained hundreds of front-line staff in StepWise interviewing. As the Training Division Manager, he mentors new trainers, consults with interviewers in the field, and contributes to new workshop development. In 2001, his policing career began, and after completing twenty years of service, Andy held the rank of Staff Sergeant at the Saanich Police Department, Victoria, BC. He is the recipient of multiple police commendations, including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Provincial Lt. Governor. He has also held positions as a sessional instructor at Camosun College and an online instructor at the University of Manitoba. Academically, Andy holds a diploma in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

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September 27, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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