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APSAC's Child Forensic Interview Clinic - July 14 - 18, 2014 - Seattle

Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:30 AM - Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:00 PM

APSAC's Child Forensic Interview Clinic

40 hours of intensive training on
investigative interviewing of children

Curriculum developed by leading national experts



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 forensic/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 experts, APSAC’s curriculum teaches a structured narrative interview approach that emphasizes best practices based on research and is guided by best interests of the child. Attendees will receive a balanced review of several protocols and will develop their own customized narrative interview approach based on the principles taught during the Clinic and contained in the 2012 APSAC Practice Guidelines on Forensic Interviewing in Cases of Suspected Child Abuse.

APSAC Continues to Lead the Way in Developing Standards and Specialized Training for Child Forensic Interviewers

  • Established the CFI Clinic in 1997 - the first national week-long training on child forensic interviewing, which is now the model for similar trainings
  • Published the first and only national Practice Guidelines for child interviewers - Updated in 2012
  • The Mock Court component of the Clinic offers a unique opportunity for participants to observe and take part in testimony regarding their video recorded practice interviews

 "I have never been to another training program that could compare with the amount and quality of the information provided."

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.

"Thank you! This was a great training."

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 the 2012 APSAC Practice Guidelines on Forensic Interviewing in Cases of Suspected Child Abuse, a Clinic notebook, a thumb drive that contains a number of helpful resources, and several excellent reference books that will enhance your knowledge and abilities.

"The instructors worked so well together and made the class so interesting."

Training Topics

  • Disclosure of child abuse and overview of various interview models.
  • Interview structure, components and questioning 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.

"This clinic was very well coordinated, with lots of practical and in-depth information that will help me in my job."

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 trainee interviews recorded on CDs with actors utilizing real case role-plays. 
  • “Mock court” where selected attendees testify and are examined by attorneys who specialize in child abuse cases.
  • Didactic presentations and skill-based exercises led by nationally recognized experts.

"Best training I've been to!"

Clinic Information


Registration will begin at 7:30 AM on the first day. Each day will begin at 8 AM and Days One to Four will end by 6 PM. Day Five will end at 4:00 PM. There will be a one-hour break for lunch on your own each day. 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 4:00 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.


You are responsible for your own hotel reservations and 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 light continental breakfast and afternoon refreshment 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 to 2 months before the Clinic). In the event of cancellation due to insufficient registrations, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

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- 2 months before the Clinic). Several area hotels will be available at discounted rates and a list of these will be provided to those who register for the Clinic. 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.

Rental Car Information
A rental car is strongly recommended for Clinic registrants in Seattle if you wish to travel away from the airport area or do not want to rely on taxis or hotel shuttles. APSAC is not responsible for transportation between your hotel and 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. 


Sample Agenda - These 5-day Clinics bring together a diverse group of participants with an expert interdisciplinsary faculty to focus on the most current research-based forensic interviewing techniques. Please note that while all topics listed below will be covered throughout the week, the order is subject to change.


Day 1

  • Overview of Forensic Interview Issues & Models
  • Disclosure of Child Abuse
  • Basic Interview Structure, Components, and Questioning Techniques

Day 2

  • Child Development Concepts and Linguistic Issues
  • Overcoming Reluctance
  • Law Enforcement Concerns

Day 3

  • Interviewing Ethnically and Culturally Diverse Children
  • Use of Dolls and Drawings
  • Interviewing Children with Disabilities

Day 4

  • Interviewing Teenagers
  • Legal Considerations and Effective Testimony

Day 5

  • Mock Court
Interviewing Practicum on Days 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 Katherine Eagleson, BS
Laura Parker, JD
Deborah Davies, LCSW Patti Toth, JD Honorable Harry Elias, JD
Nancy Lamb, JD Tom Lyon, JD, PhD Aaron Talney, JD
Anne Graffam Walker, PhD
Mark Everson, PhD Andrea Grosvald-Hamilton, LCSW Laura Rogers, JD Laura Merchant, MSW
Lisa Fontes, PhD Brian Holmgren, JD Caridad Moreno, Ph.D.
Nancy Berson, LCSW
Paul Stern, JD Viola Vaughan-Eden, Ph.D.
Kerry Todd, MSW
Investigator George Ryan
Erna Olafson, PhD Karen Saywitz, PhD Special Agent Donna Pence(ret.) Jason Dickinson, Ph.D.
Julie Kenniston, MSW
Chris Ragsdale, MSW Toni Cardenas, MSW Susan Samuel
Miriam Wolf, MS, LCSW Lynda Faroni
Frank Vandervort, JD Jane Silovsky, PhD


and many others…       


"I learned a lot. The articles, books and all other research will be invaluable to me."

Continuing Education


Continuing education credit for these events is sponsored by The Institute for Continuing Education and is available as listed below to Clinic participants for a processing fee of $35.00 per person, to be included in the registration payment. (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 for Continuing Education 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 - $35

Preferred registration method is by online submission unless you are registering as a Group of 5 or more. For information on Group registration, please download the PDF file indicated below and refer to the registration form.


To register online (best method), select the "Register for this event:" link at the bottom of this page.

For group registration, select this link to download a PDF brochure and registration form


Katie Toth Memorial Education Fund Scholarship
Members of law enforcement may apply for financial assistance to attend one of APSAC’s 40 hour forensic interview clinics. This scholarship is reserved for law enforcement officers from smaller communities who have responsibility for forensic/investigative interviews because the community does not have a Child Advocacy Center or have reasonable access to a Child Advocacy Center or specialized child interviewer and the officer has not previously attended a 40 hour clinic. To access the fillable Adobe PDF application, click here.

Location: WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC), 19010 1st Avenue Sout, Burien, WA 98148  Get directions

For more information:

Contact: APSAC Staff
Phone: 877.402.7722

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