Mentoring and Consultation Groups for Child Forensic Interviewers

MCGIntensive forensic interviewing training programs provide an excellent foundation for a professional who is new to child forensic interviewing. Such programs, usually a week in length, familiarize trainees with basic memory principles, the best questioning approaches for eliciting information, a review of children’s developmental capabilities and issues, and recommended techniques for transitioning the child to the allegation-focused portion of the interview and gathering a detailed description of experiences.

However, research demonstrates and practitioners agree that training alone is not adequate for developing the sophisticated skill set necessary for eliciting the best quality and quantity of information from a child. Mentoring or supervision by an experienced and skilled child forensic interviewer or an opportunity to participate in an effectively run peer review group increases the likelihood that the new interviewer will put their newly acquired skills into practice. While strongly recommended, some forensic interviewers do not have access to these types of support and oversight for a variety of reasons (financial, geographic, lack of administrative support).

The purpose of the NCAC formalized mentoring and consultation process is to provide participants, trained in a nationally-recognized child forensic interview model, the opportunity to receive personalized feedback on two recorded forensic interviews, engage in group discussion, examine current research and literature related to the field of forensic interviewing, as well as hone basic interviewing skills.

Each participant provides two recorded forensic interviews to their assigned Group Leader. The Group Leader reviews the recordings supplied by participants and provides feedback to the individual interviewer. Professional peer review methods are employed to maintain standards, improve performance, and provide credibility. Highly skilled Forensic Interviewers and/or Trainers serve as Group Leaders.

Additionally each month, participants of the Mentoring and Consultation Groups are assigned a current research article related to challenging and emerging issues in child forensic interviewing. Participants are expected to read the assigned article in preparation for group discussions via webinar. The schedule for group webinar discussions is provided to the right.

Applications will be accepted through October 26, 2017.

Applicants will be notified on November 16, 2017 via email whether or not they have been selected for the class.

For more information, email Sarah Hubbard.


Dates of the 2018 Group Webinars (each 90 minutes in length)

All webinars begin at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

Group A Group B
January 18 – Kick Off January 18 – Kick Off
February 8 February 27
March 15 March 27
April 26 April 26
May 17 May 22
June 21 June 19
July 19- Wrap up July 17- Wrap up


This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-CI-FX-K003 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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