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Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training

Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training (Virtual)

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As the NCAC continues to monitor the fluidity of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to offer both virtual and in-person trainings going forward. We acknowledge the devastation caused by this pandemic and respect your decision to choose how to improve your practice through a virtual or in-person training. Our priority remains the health and safety of our trainers and you, the trainees, as well as our mission to provide quality, national trainings in an equitable manner. We have updated our Covid-19 policies for in-person trainings and hope to see you virtually or in Huntsville in the near future!


2022 Training Topic:

"Utilizing a Critical Thinking Framework in the Forensic Interview: Moving from Rote to Responsive Practices"

Forensic interviewing is a highly complex, interactive, and challenging process requiring initial training, practice-focused supervision, and ongoing education. Effective practitioners must possess a broad repertoire of skills and a well-developed critical thinking framework to meet both the needs of the child and the investigative team. This research-informed, non-protocol specific course will focus on essential skill development and strategies for effective application.

This live online training is moderated, highly interactive, and takes place over three days. Class size is limited to 30 participants, led by two NCAC trainers with a combined total of over 50 years’ experience in the field of forensic interviewing.

The interactive training utilizes demonstration videos, experiential activities, lecture, guided discussions and reflections. In addition, each day offers opportunities for learners to submit forensic interviews for group assessment and review.  This training is presented in English. If you need interpretation or any other accommodation to participate in this training please contact the training coordinator. International participants are responsible for their own interpretation services.

Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices. OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin

*New* In-Person Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training

Advancing Your Practice: Applying Critical Thinking Principles to Forensic Interviewing Decision Making

August 2-4, 2022 // Huntsville, AL

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More about this training:

Skillful questioning is crucial for retrieving the information sought from the child in their own words and from their perspective. To preserve the accuracy of the child’s information, interviewers should make use of questions that target free-recall memory including questions that ask for additional description through cued narrative questions which make use of child-generated cues. Effective forensic interviewing requires gathering and managing multiple streams of information during both the pre-planning and execution stages. Critical thinking, the ability to deduce what information is important and relevant for decision making, is a helpful skill to inform this process.

This highly interactive three-day course introduces a framework for applying critical thinking skills during multiple forensic interview stages and in response to specific challenges.

Participants in this training should be practicing forensic interviewers who have done the hard work of understanding the reasoning and implementation of good questioning approaches. All participants will be expected to generate content focus through the sharing of either recorded forensic interviews or case-specific experiences. The course will include an overview of applicable research, discussion of forensic interviewing challenges, reviews of recorded interviews, guided decision making, and interactive skill development.

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; 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.