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APSAC Child Forensic Interview Clinics - June 2009 - Seattle

Mon Jun 1, 2009 7:30 AM - Fri Jun 5, 2009 12:30 PM

APSAC Child Forensic Interview Clinics



About the Child Forensic Interview Clinics


Consistent with its mission, APSAC pioneered the Forensic Interview Training Clinic model to focus on the needs of professionals responsible for conducting investigative interviews with children in suspected abuse cases. Interviews with children have received intense scrutiny in recent years and increasingly require specialized training and expertise. This comprehensive Clinic offers a unique opportunity to participate in an intensive 40 hour training experience and have personal interaction with leading experts in the field of child forensic interviewing. Developed by top national experts, APSAC’s curriculum emphasizes state-of-the-art principles of forensically sound interviewing, with a balanced review of several models.


Who Should Attend

  • Anyone whose job includes interviewing suspected victims of child maltreatment.
  • Professionals from the fields of mental heath, child protective services, law enforcement, social services, medicine, and law.
  • Professionals who do not have extensive experience in forensic interviewing and who want to acquire or improve these skills. 

Participants Will

  • Learn state-of-the-art forensic interview theory, research, and techniques.
  • Practice interviewing skills in a supportive environment and receive feedback from experienced and knowledgeable professionals.
  • Be better prepared to explain and defend interview techniques in court.
  • Receive a Clinic notebook, a resource CD, and excellent reference books that will enhance your knowledge and abilities

Training Topics

  • How investigative interviews differ from therapeutic interviews.
  • Overview of various interview models and introduction to forensic interview methods and techniques.
  • Child development considerations and linguistic issues.
  • Cultural considerations in interviewing.
  • Techniques for interviewing adolescents, reluctant children, and children with disabilities.
  • Being an effective witness. 

Activities Include

  • An interview practicum component providing an opportunity to conduct interviews where constructive feedback is utilized to build and improve professional skills. This includes videotaped trainee interviews with actors utilizing real case role-plays.
  • Mock court testimony regarding interviewing with attorneys who specialize in child abuse cases.
  • Didactic presentations and skill-based exercises led by nationally recognized experts.


Clinic Information


Registration for each Clinic will begin at 7:30 AM on the first day. Day One through Day Four will begin at 8 AM and end at 6 PM. Day Five will be from 8 AM – 12:30 PM. There will be a one-hour break Monday through Thursday for lunch on your own. Attendance at the entire Clinic, and during all of the Practicum Interview sessions (including interviews done by other attendees) is imperative. This is a 40 hour course – in order to receive a certificate of completion, registrants must be present for the entire Clinic. Do NOT plan to depart from the Clinic earlier than 12:30 PM on Friday. Partial registrations are not allowed. Please arrive early or stay late if you wish to combine your participation in the Clinic with sightseeing.


Below is training location & hotel information. You are responsible for your own hotel reservations & expenses. You are also responsible for all meals not provided as part of the Clinic, and for all transportation costs, including the cost of airfare & rental car expenses. A continental breakfast and afternoon break will be provided each day.


IMPORTANT: APSAC’s Forensic Interview Clinics are subject to cancellation in the event of insufficient registrations. Therefore, DO NOT make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation of your registration from APSAC (approximately 1 month before the Clinic). In the event of cancellation due to insufficient registrations, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.


Seattle, Washington Clinic, June 1-5, 2009

The WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC), 19010 – 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148, is the location for the Seattle Clinic. If arriving by air, you should fly in to SeaTac International Airport, which is approximately three miles from CJTC. DO NOT, HOWEVER, make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation of your registration from APSAC (approximately 1 month prior to the start of the Clinic).



Several area hotels will be available at discounted rates and a list of these appears below.  You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation (rental car or taxi) back and forth from most hotels to CJTC (approximately 3 miles from the closest area hotels).  Please contact  Clinic Manager Patti Toth at for additional information about this Clinic or for information about area hotels that may offer shuttle service back and forth to CJTC.



Hotels Near CJTC

Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a course at the

WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission.


The three hotels listed below offer deeply discounted rates to people attending training at the WA State CJTC in 2009.  All rooms are on a space-available basis.  There are a number of other hotels in the SeaTac Airport area that offer government rate rooms (currently $158 plus tax) on a space-available basis to employees of government agencies.  A rental car or taxis are necessary to get back and forth from most hotels.  Even from the 3 hotels below, a rental car is strongly recommended.


Clarion SeaTac

3000 South 176th Street

Seattle, WA  98188


CJTC Rate $60 + Tax (contact Sales Manager Benita Corley directly at (206) 676-3742)

3.44 miles from Training Center

Airport Shuttle service available and shuttle to CJTC on request


SeaTac Comfort Inn

19333 Pacific Hwy. South

SeaTac, WA 98188


CJTC Rate$64 + Tax - Give Code: CJ

3.02 miles from Training Center

Airport and CJTC Shuttle Service Available


La Quinta Inn

Seattle/SeaTac International

2824 S. 188TH Street

Seattle, WA  98188

(206) 241-5211

CJTC Rate$65 + Tax - Give code: WAJUST

2.54 miles from Training Center

Airport Shuttle Service Available

(check with hotel to confirm shuttle availability to CJTC)


Rental Car Information

A rental car is strongly recommended for Clinic registrants in Seattle if you wish to travel away from the airport area at all or do not want to rely on the Comfort Inn shuttle. APSAC is not responsible for transportation between your hotel & the Clinic location at CJTC. If you require a letter for your agency regarding the need for a rental car, APSAC will provide one - simply let us know.




Day 1

  • Overview of Forensic Interview Issues & Models
  • Lessons from the Research
  • Child Interview Methods and Techniques

Day 2

  • Child Development Concepts
  • Linguistic Issues
  • Eliciting Details and Other Law Enforcement Concerns

Day 3

  • Interviewing Reluctant Children
  • Interviewing Culturally Diverse Children
  • Interviewing Children with Disabilities

Day 4

  • Interviewing Teenagers
  • Legal Considerations and Effective Testimony

Day 5

  • Mock Court
Interviewing Practicum on Days 2, 3 and 4.



Past Faculty & Curriculum Developers (partial list)

Depending on location and date, faculty will vary.


Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD Kee MacFarlane, MSW Melissa McDermott Lane, LCSW-C Katherine Eagleson, BS
Detective Rick Cage (ret.) Deborah Davies, LCSW Patti Toth, JD Honorable Harry Elias, JD
Nancy Lamb, JD Tom Lyon, JD, PhD Police Chief Brad Russ (ret.) Anne Graffam Walker, PhD
Mark Everson, PhD Andrea Grosvald, LCSW Laura Rogers, JD Laura Merchant, MSW
Lisa Fontes, PhD Brian Holmgren, JD Honorable Anne Haynie, JD Nancy Berson, LCSW
Paul Stern, JD Dennison Reed, PhD Tom Lockridge, JD Investigator George Ryan
Erna Olafson, PhD Karen Saywitz, PhD Special Agent Donna Pence(ret.) Ray Broderick
Julie Kenniston Chris Ragsdale, MSW Toni Cardenas, MSW Susan Samuel
Miriam Wolf, MS, LCSW Lynda Davies Frank Vandervort, JD Jane Silovsky, PhD


and many others…       


Continuing Education



Continuing education credit for these events is sponsored by The Institute for Continuing Education. Continuing education credit is available as listed below to Clinic participants for a processing fee of $25.00 per person, to be included in the registration payment. This training offers 33.00 contact hours. The Clinic does not offer CME credits. Credit is awarded on a daily basis, with full attendance required for the days attended. Continuing education packets will be available at the training. If you have questions regarding continuing education, or for a listing of learning objectives by day, please contact The Institute at: (251) 990-5030; FAX: (251) 990-2665.


Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is an organization approved by the American psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Counseling: The Institute for Continuing Education is an NBCC approved continuing education provider and a co-sponsor of this event. The Institute for Continuing Education may award NBCC approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the content of this program. NBCC Provider No. 5643. Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), though the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Provider No. 1007. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for license renewal. Marriage-Family Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved provider by the California Board of Sciences Provider PCE 636. Drug-Alcohol: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) to provide continuing education for alcohol and drug abuse counselors. NAADAC Provider No. 00243. Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the California Board of Nursing, Provider CEP 12646. It is the responsibility of nurses to check with their state board to determine if credit issued through an approved provider of the CA Board of Nursing is accepted for credit by their state board.



Registration Fees

  • APSAC Member - $1,099
  • Non-Member - $1,199
  • CEU Fee - $25


Preferred registration method is by online submission unless you are registering as a group of 5 or more.


Click the link at the bottom of this page for convenient online registration.




Download printable PDF brochure and manual registration form - click here.

Location: Seattle, Washington

For more information:

Contact: APSAC Staff
Phone: 877.402.7722

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