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Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

2023 Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) Forensic Interviewing of Children training is an internationally recognized, research-informed and practice-informed intensive training. Participants will learn necessary skills to conduct a competent investigative interview of a child using the NCAC Child Forensic Interview (CFI) Structure. Participants will also be introduced to the evidence-based literature that supports the NCAC CFI Structure.

This interactive training is facilitated by practicing forensic interviewers who are well-versed in the current literature. The training includes lectures, skill-building activities, guided discussions, reflections, and an interview practicum in a supportive environment with assessment and feedback provided by experienced interviewers. A pre- and post-training knowledge check will be administered.

Topics covered in this course include the following:

  • NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure
  • Dynamics of Abuse
  • Forensic Conversations
  • Child Development
  • Memory and Suggestibility
  • Pre-Interview Planning
  • Inclusive Forensic Interviewing
  • Interview Practicum and Assessment
  • Transition Strategies
  • Effective Courtroom Testimony

This training is a four-day commitment. Participants are expected to complete six-hours of pre-work consisting of selected readings and interactive recorded exercises to be done at their own pace prior to the first official day of training. Trainings are conducted multiple times throughout the year either on-site in Huntsville, AL, or virtually.

This training has been updated to meet the 2023 National Children's Alliance Standards for Accredited Children’s Advocacy Centers.

For more information, contact Brooke Sowells or call 256-327-3777.