Strategies for Interviewing a Reluctant Child Witness

Training Overview

National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) is presenting a training opportunity on Strategies for Interviewing a Reluctant Child Witness with Kim Madden, MEd LCMHC.

Forensic interviewers encounter a variety of forms of reluctance in child witnesses. A forensic interview is challenging for many children as the environment and forensic interviewer are unfamiliar, and the topic of discussion can be cognitively and emotionally demanding for the child. There is no single manifestation of reluctance in children and no single antidote. The degree of reluctance occurs along a continuum ranging from mild anxiety to more pronounced resistance and high-stress levels for the child. Additionally, reluctance appears at different places in the interview process, and child witnesses communicate their reluctance in their own unique and personal way.

This training will explore the internal and external contributors to children’s reluctance and offer a “toolbox” of supportive responses and adaptations that may be helpful.  Case examples and demonstrations through recorded interviews will be used during the training. Participants are invited to bring case examples for discussion.

This training is only offered onsite in Huntsville, AL.

Who should attend:

This training is appropriate for forensic interviewers at all levels who want to increase their ability to provide support and gain information from reluctant children in a sensitive and planned way. Completion of nationally-recognized forensic interviewing training is required, and completion of the Beyond Basic Forensic Interviewing: Increasing Skill in Forensic Interviewing of Children course is recommended.

Register via NCAC

Register by May 5, 2023.

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).

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.


June 6, 2023
June 8, 2023
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