Forensic interviewing is used in both child and vulnerable adult interviews. It is a structured approach to gathering information from a victim or witness for use in child and adult protection legal proceedings. The Alliance provides forensic interview training to both child protective services staff and adult protective services staff. Both curricula are built on adult learning styles and incorporate the use of simulation for feedback and skill building.
This in-service training provides instruction on the principles and application of research-based child interviewing, effective testimony, and interviewing skills with cultural considerations. It addresses the special challenges of working with vague allegations, resistant children and adolescents, non-offending parents and alleged offenders.
The purpose of this training is to enhance child interviewing skills. You will have the opportunity to participate in intensive interview skill-building exercises with trained actors. The training will provide individualized feedback concerning dealing with complex situations and working with children who are reluctant to talk or have special needs.