National Children's Advocacy Center

Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

About the NCAC Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

This comprehensive training teaches the nationally recognized NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure, which is designed to gather the greatest amount of reliable information in a child-sensitive, developmentally-appropriate and legally-defensible manner. The NCAC Forensic Interviewing of Children Training immerses the participant in the most current research and evidence-based information in the field.

Training methods include lecture and audience discussion, child interview practicum, review of recorded forensic interviews, experiential skill-building exercises, and participation in mock court. Each participant will receive a training manual, recorded copy of their interview practicum, and access to additional training materials online.

NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure

The NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure, developed by leading experts in the field, is appropriate for both children and adolescents alleging physical or sexual abuse, neglect, as well as child witnesses to crime. Each component of the model is research-based and practice-informed and is reviewed annually for appropriate additions or adaptations.


Faculty includes national experts who are also practicing forensic interviewers and senior attorneys from the National District Attorneys Association.

Who Should Attend?

• Professionals who have the responsibility for conducting the initial investigative/forensic interview of a child
• Tenured child abuse professionals desiring to sharpen existing interviewing skills
• Professionals desiring to learn the current NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure

The NCAC has trained thousands of professionals from all 50 states and 12 foreign countries, as well as personnel from the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and non-governmental organizations. Past participants have been affiliated with children’s advocacy centers, law enforcement, child protective services, medical services, legal agencies, and therapeutic practices.

In order to foster a dynamic and unique learning experience, class size is limited to 30 trainees per session.

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

Course Topics

• NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure
• Forensic Questioning
• Child Development
• Memory and Suggestibility
• Pre-Interview Planning
• Strategies for Reluctantly Disclosing Children
• Strategies for Actively Disclosing Children
• Use of Media in the Forensic Interview
• Corroboration in Child Abuse Cases
• Interview Practicum and Peer Review
• Potential Challenges in the Forensic Interview
• Direct and Incremental Transitions to Area of Concern
• Effective Courtroom Testimony
• Mock Court

Length/Certificate of Attendance

Training at the NCAC in Huntsville, AL is 5 days. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who attend the training in its entirety.

2014 Tuition Cost

• Discounted Registration Fee for early payment: $1149 (applies only to payments received by the early payment deadline)
• Standard Registration Fee:  $1249

There is a 25% discount for registrants from developing countries.  Please contact training coordinator for additional information.

The registration fee includes:

• Catered lunches for each day of training
• Shuttle service between hotel and training center for trainees who stay at the NCAC Host Hotel
• One Breakfast Voucher per room at Host Hotel full-service restaurant for each day of training

2014 Forensic Interviewing of Children Training Schedule

• February 3-7, 2014 (complete)

• April 7-11, 2014 (complete)

• June 9-13, 2014 (complete)

• July 28-August 1, 2014 (complete)

• September 29-October 3, 2014 (complete)

• November 17-21, 2014 (class full; waitlist available)

• December 8-12, 2014 (class full; waitlist available)

2014 Registration Information and Waitlist

2015 Forensic Interviewing of Children Training Schedule

2015 Online Registration

• February 2-6, 2015 (note date change)

• April 13-17, 2015

• June 8-12, 2015

• July 20-24, 2015

• September 21-25, 2015

• October 19-23, 2015

• December 7-11, 2015

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 256-327-3746.