Upcoming Trainings

Tele-Forensic Interview Practice & Protocol Development
DATE: Friday, November 13, 2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am
FORMAT: Live Webinar (Zoom)
TUITION: Free
TOPICS COVERED: With no clear end of COVID-19 in sight and hundreds of tele-forensic interviews (TFI) under our belt we have many successes and challenges to share. This training will provide real case examples and direction on how to create and improve existing protocols on TFI practice. As skepticism fades on TFI we will discuss emerging scenarios where there are benefits of this practice beyond COVID.
REGISTER HERE by November 6, 2020.

Forensic Interview Toolbox (FIT) Training
DATES: Monday – Friday, October 26 – 30, 2020, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
FORMAT: Live Webinar (Zoom)
TUITION: In state MDT partners (Maryland): $700/$650 early bird (paid by September 25th, 2020) | Out of state: $1000/$950 early bird (paid by September 25th, 2020)
TOPICS COVERED: Current forensic interview research, tele-forensic interviewing, child development, use of media/evidence, memory & suggestibility, interviewing with cultural competence, and dynamics of abuse.
This NCA accredited 35-hour training includes comprehensive instruction on BCAC’s Forensic Interview Toolbox (FIT), forensic interview protocol. FIT is a research based, narrative, semi-scripted, and phased approach to interviewing. FIT methods can be applied to obtain both accurate and complete narratives from victims and witnesses. The FIT class teaches a broad range of best practice tools while also providing interviewers a clear guideline for questioning. Interviewers can use the FIT guideline as it is taught or utilize best practice tools learned to adapt to their individual jurisdiction’s population and protocols. The participants will be provided comprehensive narrative materials to accompany them in any interview or in preparation for defending their interview in court. Participants will learn best practices for questioning children and vulnerable adults (elder abuse and adults with disabilities). Practice interviews and mock trial will enhance learning along with content experts from legal, elder justice and interview research.
APPLY HERE by October 16, 2020.
For additional information, contact Crimson Barocca at cbarocca@lifebridgehealth.org or 443-923-7007.

About the Forensic Interview Toolbox (FIT)

The Forensic Interview Toolbox (FIT) is structured to help interviewers understand and access all of the best practice methods available to the field of forensic interviewing with children and vulnerable adults. In recent years, research in the field of forensic interviewing has been published at a rapid rate. This expansion in the field allows interviewers to refer to a wide range of best practice methods to obtain both accurate and complete narratives from witnesses (including victims) of not only sexual abuse, but a myriad of other crimes. Previously, adherence to a specific interview protocol was prudent; today interviewers are being encouraged to familiarize themselves with ongoing research, a variety of interview approaches and best practice guidelines, the basis for FIT.

This forensic interview technique is used with a suspected victim/witness central to a crime, as well as with those witnesses on the periphery of alleged incidents. FIT can also be used to interview individuals (siblings or other household members) exposed to alleged suspects. Vulnerable individuals with sexualized or other unusual behaviors concerning for abuse are also appropriate for this interview model. FIT is a flexible, semi-scripted, phased approach offering a range of choices at every stage of the interview while emphasizing methods supported by research. With the understanding that every individual and every community has differing needs for the interview, a “one-protocol-fits-all” approach may not be suitable. These guidelines utilize the concept of a toolbox approach that teaches a wide variety of best practice methods for every phase of the forensic interview. There is no one right way to conduct a forensic interview. FIT offers many options but is not exhaustive. Interviewers may choose other questions instead. FIT helps interviewers understand best practices to inform and explain their choices. As best practices dictate, FIT focuses on the use of open-ended invitations for transition statements and within each phase. A range of more focused questions are used with caution where open-ended prompts are unsuccessful.

FIT is appropriate for the novice or experienced. It was created for dedicated forensic interviewers, and for those who conduct interviews as part of an investigatory role such as Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) members in law enforcement, legal, education, or adult and child protection fields. FIT is designed for those who conduct forensic interviews and for those who observe them. FIT interviewing is not dispositive, as it is not intended to prove or disprove allegations. FIT is a tool to obtain complete narrative responses from individuals by which investigators can proceed their inquiry and make determinations.

Tele-Forensic Interview Resources

With the arrival of COVID-19, forensic interviewers across the nation are looking for innovative ways to safely conduct forensic interviews. Tele-forensic interviewing has come to the forefront as a viable and defensible option. To help support our colleagues across the country, BCAC has set up a hotline for questions regarding TFI or TFI set up: 443-934-4396. Give us a call! We’re here to help! Below are some additional resources we have put together to help you: