The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) is presenting a training event on strategies to interview reluctant children.
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.
Register by March 24, 2023.