Increasing Skill in Forensic Interviewing of Children

Training Overview

The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) is presenting a virtual training center on conducting effective forensic interview of children.

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

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Register by March 17, 2023.


April 18, 2023
April 20, 2023
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