NCAC Getting the Best Information from a Narrative Child Witness

Training Overview

Research in child maltreatment, memory, suggestibility, and child development has led to a consensus regarding the guidelines to be followed when conducting a forensic interview. Interviewers know how to adapt their approach to the child in the room and formulate questions adapted to a child’s level of language acquisition and cognitive development.

While there are numerous challenges when interviewing reluctant children, there are also challenges that must be addressed and managed when interviewing highly narrative children. The appropriate use of invitations, breadth and depth questions, specific wh-questions, and yes/no questions by interviewers can provide a framework for understanding and moving through a child’s narration. In addition, many children may have experienced multiple events of maltreatment which often results in the blending of details across incidents. Active listening and utilizing provided cues and leads can provide investigators with a greater understanding of the child’s lived experiences and assist with the details required during a civil or criminal investigation.

Participants will have an opportunity to increase skills in implementing best practice narrative questioning strategies with highly narrative children while also learning to elicit and manage the flow of information needed by the investigative team.

Who Should Attend

This training is appropriate for forensic interviewers who have completed a nationally recognized forensic interview training and want to increase their ability to obtain information from children that reflect evidence-based, best-practice questioning of child witnesses.

Register via NCAC

Registration Deadline is June 20, 2023. This training is only offered virtually.

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.

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.

Important note for in-person training: It is recommended to make refundable travel arrangements if booking before your registration has been confirmed.

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.


July 20, 2023
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