4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Interviewing Children to Preserve Accurate Testimony: An Overview is presented by David W. Thompson, Ph.D., ABPP, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology

This program covers the basic tenets of investigative interviews of children utilized in criminal and child abuse investigations. Participants learn to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of these interviews and understand the skills necessary to accurately interview children in a forensic context. Participants are introduced to an objective assessment of interview quality and will survey the skills needed to testify to those findings. While this program is designed to survey the necessary skills for critically reviewing child investigative interviews, it is not designed to actually teach conducting such interviews.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe classic research studies related to child forensic interviewing

  • Describe three research-based approaches to child forensic interviews

  • Describe the critical components of a child forensic interview

  • Describe the role of child language development in the child forensic interview, with special emphasis on individual and cultural diversity

Presented By

David W. Thompson, Ph.D., ABPP

David W. Thompson, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board certified forensic psychologist (ABPP). He is in private practice in clinical and forensic psychology, and previously served as the Deputy Director of the Walworth County, Wisconsin Health & Human Services Department. Dr. Thompson conducts training for law enforcement and child investigative staff, and provides expert testimony concerning the interview and investigative processes.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Reference List

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Part 1

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • NICHD Coding Scheme

    • Interview Transcript

    • Coding Worksheet

    • Coding Transcript

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Part 2

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Coding Worksheet Scoring Key

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Part 3

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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American Academy of Forensic Psychology

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research and practice. The Academy does this by providing high quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.