Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training
The NCAC Training Center continues to follow the latest CDC recommendations for in-person gatherings and travel. Training will remain in the virtual training center for the June 2021 training. The December 2021 training location will be determined at least 10 weeks in advance of the training.
NCAC’s 2021 Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training “Optimizing Information Production in the Forensic Interview: Expansion and Refinement of Questioning and Engagement Skills” is taught by leading experts with specialized knowledge and expertise in the field of forensic interviewing. This course teaches participants problem-solving skills and techniques based on contemporary research, builds on foundational elements taught in a basic training program, and assists interviewers in further developing higher-level skills. The training is non-protocol specific and is designed for any child forensic interviewer who desires to continue building their interviewing skills.
There is a broad consensus regarding key skills and behaviors that are beneficial in forensic interviews of children. Basic or foundational forensic interviewing training programs, approximately a week in length, familiarize trainees with the best questioning approaches for eliciting accurate and reliable information, methods to elicit narrative responses, children’s developmental capabilities, and recommended techniques for gathering a detailed description of children’s experiences.
These types of training provide a solid foundation from which to begin a career in forensic interviewing. However, individuals who remain in the field often encounter increasingly complex challenges which require the formation and development of higher-level skills.
Higher-level skills are most effectively formed through a combination of:
- Direct experience
- Systematic self-assessment of strengths and challenges
- Regular interactions with and targeted feedback from well-informed supervisors, mentors, and peers
- Continuing education
- Critical assessment and application of current research to practice
2021 participants will:
- Learn how early engagement information can guide the delivery of effective narrative practice.
- Develop strategies for eliciting information from children regarding experiences of manipulation and grooming.
- Identify various methods to encourage narrative formation beyond “Tell me more”.
- Practice effective self/peer forensic interview assessment.
- Describe strategies for delivering forensically-sound social support statements throughout an interview.
- Explain what constitutes unknowable and unnecessary details for children during an interview.
Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training provides an opportunity for observation of the participant’s recorded interviews followed by feedback and discussion in a supportive, encouraging environment. 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. This training is not protocol specific.