Mastering Critical Thinking Skills in the Forensic Interview
Nationally-recognized interview protocols have reached greater consensus about the essential components of a forensic interview, including the optimal use of different question types to elicit a children’s narrative descriptions. Consequently, we have good roadmaps and recommendations for children in active disclosure and who have adequate linguistic and cognitive abilities to speak about their remembered experiences. However, experienced and competent interviewers face challenges on a regular basis when attempting to interview children who do not meet this profile.
NCAC’s Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training begins with a review the principles of recognized “best practice” forensic interviewing; but will quickly move to addressing populations and allegations that place demands on forensic interviewers to adapt their practice to meet a variety of advanced challenges.
Topics included are:
- Evidence-based practice and current research
- Eliciting episodic memories of maltreatment
- Children’s memories and ability to place remembered events in time
- Effective interview techniques for children with disabilities
- Making the decision to conduct more than one interview
- Beneficial techniques to use when interviewing preschoolers
- Evaluation and introduction of evidence in the forensic interview
Advanced Forensic Interviewing trainings also provide an opportunity for observation of recorded interviews followed by discussion, feedback, and suggestions. Participants are asked to bring recordings of challenging interviews to share with the class. Completion of a recognized forensic interviewing basic training and current forensic interviewing practice is required.
2017 Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training Sessions
June 14-16, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
October 24-26, 2017, Las Vegas, NV
This training is specifically designed for experienced interviewers who presently have responsibility for initial forensic interviews of children and who currently work with a multidisciplinary team. It is recommended that the interviewer have at least two years of interviewing experience and have attended a recognized basic training in Investigative/Forensic Interviewing (i.e. National CAC Training, APSAC, NICHD, CornerHouse, etc.). It does not matter what basic training or other advanced training an interviewer has, this training is NOT protocol specific.
Seats in this training are intended for professionals currently working as part of an investigative agency, a multidisciplinary team (MDT), or a children’s advocacy center (CAC). If any seats are available, then others may attend the training. The NCAC reserves the right to refund the registration of anyone who is not currently working as part of an investigative agency, a MDT, or CAC, to ensure that currently practicing professionals receive the training they need.
The NCAC is often requested to provide a letter of invitation to prospective attendees from international countries. In order to provide this letter of invitation, the NCAC requires specific documentation from the prospective attendee. List of requirements.
- Andra K. Chamberlin, MA, Trainer/Child Forensic Interview Specialist, National Children's Advocacy Center, Huntsville, AL
"I now have a better understanding of some child development issues, so I can better explain to my team WHY something isn't developmentally appropriate for a child."-Erin E. Ray
"I learned so much and want more. I never realized how much I was missing in my interviews. I will take back a lot of knowledge."-Mary Skeen
This training is 3 days.
A certificate of attendance will be awarded to those participants who attend the training in its entirety.
Early Registration Fee: $949
Standard Registration Fee: $1,049
There is a 25% discount for registrants from developing countries. Please contact training coordinator for additional information.