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MCA Training: Advanced Forensic Interviewing

June 29 - July 2

Registration is FREE for MCA Members 


Kim Madden
Child Forensic Interview Specialist
National Children’s Advocacy Center


Nationally-recognized forensic interview protocols have reached greater consensus regarding best practices in forensic interviewing.  These best practices, coupled with research-informed techniques, help maximize the production of information obtained from children reporting, witnessing, or experiencing maltreatment.  Knowledgeable and tenured interviewers regularly face challenges when attempting to interview children who have experienced circumstances and events falling outside the realm of basic forensic interview training.

NCAC’s Advanced Forensic Interview Training is not protocol specific.  The training is designed for any experienced child forensic interviewers who would like to build on their interviewing skills.  (Two years of experience as a forensic interviewer is a prerequisite for this class.)  The training begins with an up-to-date review of “best practices”, but quickly moves to address specific populations that place demands on forensic interviewers to adapt their practice, exploring methods to elicit details required by the multidisciplinary team, and assessing the effects of trauma on children. 


This four (4) day training will include 3.5 hours each morning with two 1.5 hour modules and a 30 minute break in between:

  • 8:30 to 10:00 .am.: Module One
  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.: Break
  • 10:30 to 12:00 p.m.:  Module Two

Participants will be expected to participate in a total of 6 modules (5 instruction sessions and 1 small group peer review).  The 5 instruction modules include:

  • Maximizing Children’s Communication Abilities, Part 1
  • Maximizing Children’s Communication Abilities, Part 2
  • Critical Thinking Skills for Forensic Interviewers
  • Navigating Challenging Forensic Interviews
  • Asking About Grooming/Manipulation

Each person is invited to participate in a Brief Orientation with Kim Madden.  She would like to meet with everyone, virtually, one on one, ahead of time.  She hopes that this will provide an opportunity to make an individual connection with each person and minimize the effects of the virtual environment. This will also include a tour of the ADOBE Connect meeting room – like a virtual Open House.

Sponsored by Maryland Children’s Alliance for MCA Members


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