A forensic interview of a preschool child brings unique challenges. Cognitive and linguistic abilities are newly emerging for children in this age group. While preschoolers may appear verbal and competent within their familiar everyday environment and conversations, they have little to no experience providing personal autobiographical information to an unfamiliar adult in an unfamiliar setting. Separation from their caregiver can be unsettling for the very youngest children, especially those with no prior daycare or preschool experience.
Greater knowledge of developmental abilities and limitations, as well as patience and willingness on the interviewer’s part to adapt language and limit expectations, is required with this age group. Recommendations for adjusting language and questioning approaches and an adaptation of interview protocols will be provided. Demonstration interviews will be used throughout the training.
Register by August 25, 2023