Forensic Interviewing of Children

Training Overview

The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) Forensic Interviewing of Children training is an internationally recognized, research-informed and practice-informed intensive training. Participants will learn necessary skills to conduct a competent investigative interview of a child using the NCAC Child Forensic Interview (CFI) Structure. Participants will also be introduced to the evidence-based literature that supports the NCAC CFI Structure.

This interactive training is facilitated by practicing forensic interviewers who are well-versed in the current literature. The training includes lectures, skill-building activities, guided discussions, reflections, and an interview practicum in a supportive environment with assessment and feedback provided by experienced interviewers. A pre- and post-training knowledge check will be administered.

Topics covered in this course include the following:

  • NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure
  • Dynamics of Abuse
  • Forensic Conversations
  • Child Development
  • Memory and Suggestibility
  • Pre-Interview Planning
  • Inclusive Forensic Interviewing
  • Interview Practicum and Assessment
  • Transition Strategies
  • Effective Courtroom Testimony

This training is a four-day commitment. Participants are expected to complete six-hours of pre-work consisting of selected readings and interactive recorded exercises to be done at their own pace prior to the first official day of training. This training has been updated to meet the 2023 National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accredited Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Register through NCAC

Register by August 18, 2023!

There is a 25% discount for registrants from Tribal CACs or developing countries. Please contact the training coordinator for additional information. For more information, contact Brooke Sowells or call 256-327-3777.

Training Logistics

The training building is the stone building located on the corner of Howe Ave. NE and Dallas St. NE. The entrance faces Dallas Street.

Lunch will be provided each day of the training. A kitchenette with refrigerator is available for attendees who choose to bring their own food.

Travel Information

Flight arrangements should be scheduled so that the trainee arrives the day before training begins since training begins at 9:00 a.m. on the first day. It is also recommended that departure flights be scheduled 6:00 p.m. or later on the last day of training to allow adequate transportation time to the airport.

Important Note

Training classes are subject to cancellation in the event of insufficient registrations. Therefore, DO NOT make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive both a “Preliminary Registration” e-mail AND a “Final Confirmation” e-mail from NCAC that the training will take place (approximately 4 to 6 weeks before the training). In the event of cancellation due to insufficient registrations, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

Ground Transportation information

Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the trainee. Nearby hotels, such as Embassy Suites, may provide shuttle service, at their discretion.

Trainees are responsible for all transportation expenses incurred, such as but not limited to, flight, car rental, Uber, Lyft, and taxi, when traveling to and from the training site.


Nearby lodging recommendations include the Embassy Suites and 106 Jefferson which are both approximately one mile from the NCAC. The NCAC does not endorse the services provided by these hotels as being greater than those of other providers.

Trainees are responsible for making reservations in addition to all lodging expenses incurred.


September 18, 2023
September 21, 2023
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