Increasing Skill in Forensic Interviewing of Children

Training Overview

National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) is presenting a training opportunity on Increasing Skill in Forensic Interviewing of Children with Andra Chamberlin, MA.

Conducting an effective forensic interview (FI) of a child is a complex task that requires an understanding of children’s memory, linguistic, communicative, and metacognitive capacities. It also includes the use of appropriate questioning strategies which maximize a child’s recall memory. These concepts are introduced and practiced during initial forensic interview training.

Faced with diverse children and complicated cases, interviewers often need help implementing the lessons learned in basic forensic interview training in a nuanced and thoughtful manner. Mastering the use of appropriate questioning strategies and legally defensible social support requires additional training beyond an initial one-week class.

This course deepens interviewers’ understanding of effective questioning strategies, the provision of sensitive and targeted social support and provides extended opportunities to practice the implementation of skills and receive timely feedback. Participants will also receive specific preparation in interview evaluation.

This virtual, non-protocol-specific, foundational skill-building training consists of experiential components, readings, web-based modules, and interview exercises.

Who should attend?

This training is recommended as the first follow-up training for newer interviewers, as well as for interviewers who would like to refresh and update their skills. Completion of nationally recognized forensic interviewing training is required.

Register via NCAC

Register by May 26, 2023

A 25% discount is available for registrants from developing countries or from Tribal CACs. Please contact the training coordinator for additional information. Please note: To pay via international wire transfer, payment must be made in U.S. dollars at your expense. Banking and account information is provided on request.

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).

Cancellation Policy

The full registration fee is due by the fee deadline stated above in order to hold your spot. Registrants that have not paid in full by the deadline will be released from the training, and we will contact those on the waitlist.

If you are unable to attend the training, you must submit your cancellation notice at least 30 days prior to the training in order to be refunded the full amount, less a $100 administrative fee. Your agency may choose to replace your spot in the training with another member of the agency at no penalty. Late cancellations may be considered for a training credit that may be used by your agency for up to one year. Failure to show up for the training forfeits the registration fee completely.


June 27, 2023
June 29, 2023
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