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September 2005Vol. 6, No. 7Conducting Forensic Interviews of Children

For professionals who want to develop their expertise in conducting investigative interviews of children, there are resources for receiving specialized training in methods and techniques.

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) has scheduled three upcoming forensic interview clinics: September 19-23, 2005, Portsmouth, VA; October 10-14, 2005, Seattle, WA; and April 24-28, 2006, Seattle, WA. The clinics are designed for professionals from the fields of mental health, child protective services, law enforcement, social services, medicine, and law whose job includes interviewing suspected victims of child maltreatment. The curriculum was developed by experts in the field of child forensic interviewing and provides an overview of interview models, methods, and techniques, as well as cultural and legal considerations. A registration packet with more information is available online at (Editor's note: Link is no longer active).

The National Children's Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL, has scheduled two 1-week training sessions in forensic interviewing of children, one for September 19-23, 2005, and the other for October 17-21, 2005. This training is specifically designed for child interviewers who have responsibility for initial investigative/forensic interviews of children. It is appropriate for professionals from the fields of CPS and law enforcement, as well as those affiliated with a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) with less than 1 year of full-time experience. The topics to be covered include interviewing skills, effective testimony, forensic questioning, developmental issues, interview strategies, memory and suggestibility, fantastic statements, and expert witnesses. Complete information and a registration packet are available online at (Editor's note: Link no longer active).