The NCAC Extended Forensic Interview Model
In child abuse investigations, the single interview model is the approach currently recommended by Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs), Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and "best practice" resources throughout the US. This approach assumes a child is willing and able to discuss the allegation topic and can provide sufficient detail to inform the investigation and to support case decisions. While the single interview approach is sufficient for many children and cases, a subset of children are challenged to participate in such a focused conversation with a stranger and may benefit from more time and an expanded conversation over multiple sessions.
This training introduces a model for a multi-session forensic interview of a child who is potentially a victim or witness of child abuse or other violent behaviors. An Extended Forensic Interview (EFI) is appropriate for children where the results of a single interview are inconclusive or where there are serious concerns about the child's ability to participate in a single-session interview. Such children might be the very young child, a child with developmental delays or cognitive disabilities, or an extremely traumatized child. Cultural considerations may indicate a need for an EFI, rather than a single-session interview.
The EFI Model is based on empirically-based forensic principles. Topics addressed during the EFI training include:
- Empirical evidence for multi-session forensic interviewing
- Overview of the NCAC EFI model
- Forensic questioning of children
- Developmental and cultural considerations
- Memory and suggestibility
- Use of media in forensic questioning
- Incremental and direct approaches to substantive issues
- Consideration of alternative hypotheses in forensic questioning.
This training is designed for mental health clinicians or other professionals (such as a forensic interviewer) with knowledge of child development, the impact of trauma on memory and development, and dynamics of child abuse. The EFI Model is based on empirically-based forensic principles.
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
- Linda Cordisco Steele, M.Ed, LPC, Senior Trainer/Child Forensic Interview Specialist, National Children's Advocacy Center, Huntsville, AL
This training is 3 days from 9:00am to 4:30pm each training day.
A certificate of attendance will be awarded to those participants who attend the training in its entirety.
- Early Registration Fee: $849 (applies only to payments received by the early payment deadline)
- Standard Registration Fee: $949
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.
"The EFI gives a child an opportunity to feel safe, respected and values him/her as an individual instead of making her/him fit into the adult world."-Anonymous
"I learned new alternative questions and prompts for interviews. Also feel relieved to know how appropriate an EFI would be in lieu of pressuring a child for information when an FI isn’t working for them."-Laraine Fraijo