Mastering the Application of Best Practices in Forensic Interviewing
Nationally-recognized forensic interview protocols have reached greater consensus regarding best practices in forensic interviewing. These best practices, coupled with research-informed techniques, help maximize the production of information obtained from children reporting witnessing or experiencing maltreatment. Knowledgeable and tenured interviewers regularly face challenges when attempting to interview children who have experienced circumstances and events falling outside the realm of basic forensic interview training.
NCAC’s Advanced Forensic Interview Training begins with an up-to-date review of “best practices”; but quickly moves to addressing specific populations that place demands on forensic interviewers to adapt their practice, exploring methods to elicit details require by the multidisciplinary team, and assessing the effects of trauma on children.
Advanced Forensic Interview training also provides an opportunity for observation of the participant’s recorded interviews followed by feedback and discussion. 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 interview practice is required.
- Overview of current research as it relates to best practices
- Benefits and practicalities of conducting more than one interview
- Interviewing children with disabilities
- Developing active listening skills and asking appropriate follow-up questions
- Trauma, memory, and the forensic interview
- Needs of the MDT: Eliciting details, exploring corroboration, and building charges
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.
Andra K. Chamberlin, MA, Trainer/Child Forensic Interview Specialist, National Children's Advocacy Center, Huntsville, AL
This training is three days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each training day.
A certificate of attendance will be awarded to those participants who attend the training in its entirety.
- Early Registration Fee: $949 (applies only to payments received by the early payment deadline)
- Standard Registration Fee: $1,049
There is a 25% discount for registrants from developing countries. Please contact training coordinator for additional information.
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.
"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