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Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation Training

FI at Trial Application

Dates:
July 16-17, 2019 (2.0 days)

Location:  San Diego, CA

Trainers: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National Children’s Advocacy Center

 This innovative trial advocacy training is designed for prosecutors and forensic interviewers as they work together to hone specific trial advocacy skills necessary to successfully present testimony and strategically counter common defense tactics during child abuse trials. Training methods include lecture and audience discussion, review of recorded forensic interviews, experiential skill-building exercises, and participation in mock court. Each participant will receive a training manual and access to additional training materials online.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this training, participants will:

  1. Gain valuable knowledge about effective forensic interviewer preparation for direct and cross examination by attending this training as a team of a prosecutor and forensic interviewer and participating jointly in practical exercises, group preparation, lectures and faculty feedback;
  2. Gain insight into meeting common untrue defenses in child abuse cases; and
  3. Gain insight into the trial techniques and rules of evidence concerning forensic interviewer expert witness qualification and direct and cross examination of a forensic interviewer at trial.

Training Participants: This training is limited to sixteen, two-member teams (or a total of 32 participants) that include one prosecutor and one forensic interviewer from the same children’s advocacy center or children’s justice center.  Individual applicants will not be accepted.

Training Fees:  There is no fee to attend this training. WRCAC will provide two nights of lodging for each participant. Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

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