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Forensic Interviewing Training

About the NCAC Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

Learn the internationally-recognized NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure in this five-day, interactive training. NCAC instructors are practicing interviewers which allows them to engage beyond typical lecture methods with the most current, evidence-based and practical, research-based experience. The training includes audience discussion, child interview practicum, review of recorded forensic interviews, experiential skill-building exercises, and participation in a mock court simulation. Trainees will be immersed in the realistic, unpredictability of children by participating in the only child interview practicum that utilizes real children. The use of actual children allows trainees to experience, evaluate, and prepare to overcome the spontaneous obstacles that only real children can provide.

To enhance the trainee’s continued education and skill development, each trainee receives a training manual, recorded copy of their interview practicum, access to additional training materials online, periodic follow-up calls with the NCAC trainer, and post-training e-mail and telephone support, as requested. In addition, trainees will receive Interviewer Bytes, a periodic summary addressing pressing issues in the child maltreatment field, sent via e-mail. As new research is incorporated into forensic interviewing practice, updated training materials are made available to past trainees.

Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices. OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin

NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure

The NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure is a flexible structure that can be adapted to children of different ages and cultural backgrounds, and is appropriate for interviewing children who may have experienced sexual or physical abuse or who may be a witness to violence. The NCAC forensic interview model emphasizes a flexible-thinking and decision-making approach throughout the interview, as opposed to a scripted format. Each component of the model is research-based and is reviewed annually for appropriate additions or adaptations, by a panel of practicing experts.


Faculty includes national experts who are also practicing forensic interviewers, and senior attorneys from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

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

Since l999, the NCAC has provided Forensic Interviewing of Children Training to 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). Because of the high demand for this training, professionals currently working as part of an investigative agency, a MDT, or CAC will be given priority to ensure that they receive the training they need.

International Training Participants

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.

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
  • 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 five days. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who attend the training in its entirety.

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
  • Complimentary breakfast and evening reception at NCAC Host Hotel

2016 Forensic Interviewing of Children Training Schedule

2016 Online Registration

  • February 8-12, 2016 (class complete)
  • April 18-22, 2016 (class complete)
  • June 13-17, 2016 (class complete)
  • July 18-22, 2016 (class full - waitlist available)
  • September 19-23, 2016
  • October 24-28, 2016
  • http://aleith@nationalcac.orgDecember 5-9, 2016

For more information, email Ann Leith or call 256-327-3746.