Project FIND Adapted Training
Forensic Interviewing Individuals Who Do Not Speak
The Adapted FIND three-day training is designed for established forensic interviewers with previous basic training and extensive experience in forensic interviewing and/or those working with individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individuals who do not speak, use gestures to communicate, speak few words or utilize a communication device. The curriculum is designed to support forensic interviewers to gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner. Topics include:
- Person First/Identity First Language;
- History of Disabilities;
- Statistics and Incident Rates;
- Language and Perspective;
- Overview and Tips for Communicating with Individuals Who Do Not Speak;
- Assistive Communication Devices;
- Adapted Interviewing for Individuals Who Do Not Speak; and
- Post-Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training and practicing a multi-session interview based on an assigned case scenario on the final day.
- Completion of basic forensic interviewing training (min. 32 hours) and/or equivalent investigative or interviewing training
- Demonstrated experience in interviewing and/or investigating allegations of abuse and neglect
Maximum number of attendees: 16