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ADEPT Basic Adult Forensic Interview Protocol

Course Description

The ADEPT Basic Adult Forensic Interview Protocol training is designed for professionals with roles and experience in or working with alleged adult victims and witnesses of crime and individuals with disabilities. The training covers basic forensic interviewing skills and tools, with considerations for disability, trauma, cultural background, disability culture and their intersections, abuse dynamics, forensic science, alternative pathways to justice for the disability community and disability history.  
Curriculum topic areas include:  

  • Trauma-Informed Approach  
  • Interview Setting  
  • Remaining Neutral  
  • Reducing the Authoritative Presence of the Interviewer  
  • Communication Skills 
  • Memory 
  • Abuse Dynamics  
  • Question Types 
  • Engagement and Rapport 
  • Interview Instructions 
  • Transition to Topic of Concern 
  • Topic of Concern 
  • Closure 
  • Post Interview Considerations 

Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum to have an opportunity to practice and utilize the skills that are introduced in the training. 

Maximum Number of Attendees: 24


All participants must be actively in the field of investigations, forensic interviewing or law enforcement. There is a practicum component.


Cost for this training is $300 per person. This fee can be paid via PayPal or can be invoiced to your agency. Please email if you need an invoice. 


These trainings are held online from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern each day.

Conflict of Interest Statement

This training is for establishing and implementing a protocol that is legally defensible to assist in the prosecution of crimes against people with disabilities. It is not meant for professionals who may be hired as a third party to investigate or advise a private company or other organization on the prevention or uncovering of potential liability, which would be considered a conflict of interest. In keeping with its mission to protect crime victims with disabilities, the AACs reserve the right to reject such applicants.


The AACs reserves the right to reject any applicant who does not align with our programmatic goals.


There are no upcoming dates.