NCAC Critical Thinking in the Forensic Interview: Moving from Rote to Responsive Practice

Training Overview

Forensic interviewing (FI) is a highly complex, interactive, and challenging process requiring initial training, practice-focused supervision, and ongoing education. Effective interviewers must possess a broad repertoire of skills. Additionally, forensic interviewers should be able to develop a critical thinking framework to meet both the needs of the child and the investigative team. This research-informed, non-protocol-specific course will focus on essential skill development and strategies for effectively applying critical thinking tools.

This interactive training will utilize demonstration videos, experiential activities, lectures, and guided reflection and discussion. Forensic interviewers are asked to bring case examples to be used to apply the principles being introduced.

Who should attend? 

This training is specifically designed for experienced interviewers responsible for initial forensic interviews of children working with a multidisciplinary team. It is recommended that the interviewer have at least two years of interviewing experience and have completed nationally-recognized FI training.

Register through NCAC

Register by September 8, 2023.

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.

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).


October 10, 2023
October 12, 2023


National Children’s Advocacy Center
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National Children’s Advocacy Center
210 Pratt Ave NE
Huntsville, 35801 United States
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