The forensic interview (FI) of a child is an essential component of any investigation, with an emphasis given to providing a timely initial response and the provision of information and support throughout the process. Attention has historically been paid to minimizing the number of times a child is questioned, especially avoiding duplicative interviews.
Forensic interviewers, as well as law enforcement and child protection investigators, recognize the shortcomings of a “one and done” approach in interviewing a subset of children. Reasons might be child-specific (shyness in a new situation, communication challenges, fatigue, reluctance to talk about difficult topics) or case-related (multiple episodes of abuse or multiple forms of victimization, etc.). Research is informative regarding the cases most appropriate for more than one interview session and gives guidance on how to proceed. We will explore a decision-making process for selecting appropriate cases, case planning, and adaptations.
This training is most helpful for interviewers who have developed basic forensic interviewing skills and are comfortable conducting single-session forensic interviews of child witnesses. Completion of nationally recognized forensic interviewer training and experience conducting at least 50 forensic interviews is required.
Register by October 13, 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.