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. Trainings are conducted multiple times throughout the year either on-site in Huntsville, AL, or virtually.
This training has been updated to meet the 2023 National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accredited Children’s Advocacy Centers.
Register by October 6, 2023
There is a 25% discount for registrants from Tribal CACs or developing countries. Please contact the training coordinator for additional information.
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.
Important note for in-person training
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 the NCAC cancels the training for any reason, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.
Seats in this training are intended for professionals currently working as part of a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The NCAC reserves the right to refund the registration of anyone who is not currently working as part of a CAC to ensure that currently practicing professionals receive the training they need.