• Our Courses

    We offer a range of scientifically-validated interviewer training courses across a range of areas (listed below). Individuals can enrol in our courses at any time, and we offer discounts for group enrolments.

    Our e-learning resources can be customised to suit different organisations, legislation and cultural contexts. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

    Specialist Vulnerable Witness Forensic Interview Training

    Overview

    Specialist Vulnerable Witness Forensic Interview Training is a highly interactive online training course for forensic interviewers of vulnerable complainants such as children, people with complex communication needs and culturally diverse populations. This is the Centre’s most popular course and it has shown outstanding evaluation results.

    The training incorporates immediate expert feedback, quizzes, readings, mock interviews with trained actors and a variety of multimedia activities such as short films, narrated PowerPoint presentations and virtual interview simulations.

    Topics include

    • Establishing what constitutes best-practice interviewing
    • Memory and language development
    • Introducing the topic of concern
    • Interviewing about repeated abuse
    • Meeting evidentiary requirements for prosecution

    This course and its resources are available in both English and Spanish.

    More information (PDF)Enrolment form

    Any questions? Please contact us.

    Effectively Questioning Children (short and long courses)

    Overview

    This highly practical online training focuses on talking to children about their experiences in a way that maximises relevant information and minimises errors. It is designed for professionals who regularly work with children and adolescents, such as teachers, paediatricians and child care workers. Modules cover questioning styles known to increase children’s narrative competence, and additional considerations in situations where mandated reports of abuse may need to be filed.

    Short and long versions of the course are available:

    Short (8 hour) course: Effective Questioning Styles to Enhance Children’s Narrative Competence. More information (PDF)

    Long (30 hour) course: Effectively Questioning Children and Youth About Their Experiences. More information (PDF)

    Enrolment form

    Any questions? Please contact us.

    A Cognitive Approach to Credibility Assessment Training

    Overview

    A Cognitive Approach to Credibility Assessment Training focuses on developing interview techniques to detect lies and assess credibility during information-gathering interviews. It will be of interest to any professional who conducts or supervises interviews where lie detection is one of the aims.

    This course was developed in collaboration with internationally-recognised experts in detecting deceit. Trainees progress at their own pace through the seven modules which are comprised of readings, narrated PowerPoint presentations, film clips, interactive exercises and quizzes. These learning activities are based on decades of research into deceptive behaviour and lie detection.

    More information (PDF)Enrolment form

    Any questions? Please contact us.

    Communicating with Vulnerable People in the Legal Setting

    In development (Available from September 2017)

    E-learning materials are being prepared, specifically tailored for those professionals involved in the prosecution or adjudication of offences committed against children and people with complex communication needs.

    Our materials will provide an overview of the key developmental milestones, how these impact testimony in the court arena, and the best way to accommodate language and cognitive limitations during the trial process.

    For more information on this course or to register your interest, please contact us.

    An Introduction to Investigative Interviewing of Adults

    In development (available from March 2018).

    We are developing a general training course for professionals who conduct investigative interviews with adults.

    For more information on this course or to register your interest, please contact us.

    Interviewing Children in the Family Law Context

    In development (available from June 2018).

    Child interviews are a central part of reports provided to the court in cases of parenting disputes and contested children’s matters. We are preparing a training course designed to cover best-practice child interview technique and how this can be applied in the family law context.

    Topics will include children’s memory and language development, interview rationale and process, and guidelines for report writing.

    For more information on this course or to register your interest, please contact us.