Forensic Interviewing Block III: Essential Issues of Forensic Interviewing & Preparing for Court


This intermediate forensic interviewer training spans two (2) days and is the third and final component of CACTX’s Forensic Interviewing Core Curriculum. Block III is specifically designed for interviewers who conduct forensic interviews as part of a multidisciplinary team in a children's advocacy center setting.

Participants will study factors that impact the interview and disclosure process including memory, trauma, and suggestibility as well as become familiar with the courtroom process. The curriculum highlights strategies for enhancing the credibility of forensic interviewers and the forensic interview process.

Format: This highly interactive program includes lecture and discussion, observation of actual interviews, the study of current literature and research articles, and an experiential mock testimony practicum conducted by child abuse prosecutors.*

*Please note this training will cover how to conduct forensic interviews in English; it will not provide a process for conducting interviews in other languages.

September 26th 8:30am-5:00pm
September 27th 8:30am-5:00pm

Prerequisites: Current employment with or contractor of a local children’s advocacy center in the state of Texas, completion of Block I and Block II trainings or other nationally recognized forensic interviewer training, and conduction of 25 or more video-recorded forensic interviews in a children's advocacy center setting. 

Approval Process: Registering for this training does not guarantee acceptance.* Applicants will be notified of their final registration status at a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the start of the training.

*Offering quality, professional training in a classroom environment is a key priority for CACTX. We feel this format is the most conducive to effective learning as it allows for small group activities, one-on-one coaching, and ample opportunity for Q&A. However, given the inherent size of classroom training, we have to carefully manage the registration process. Our goal is to ensure that participants have timely access to the training offerings they are in need of in order to do their important jobs effectively. In reviewing registrations, our process is to assess both the registrant CAC’s needs as well as the registrant’s completion of course prerequisites.

Auditors: Supervisors of forensic interviewers who wish to obtain a better understanding of the interviewer role and tenured interviewers who wish to adapt their current interview procedures or who are seeking to sharpen their skills may audit this training. Auditors are given the opportunity to participate in all coursework.

CEU Credits: No


  • When

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

  • Where

  • Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
    1501 W. Anderson Ln., Bldg. A
    Austin, Texas 78757

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