The Advanced Forensic Interview Training (AFIT) is being redesigned in 2019. 

The Advanced Forensic Interview Training (AFIT) has been re-designed to be a four-day (32 hour) training that focuses exclusively on forensic interviewing of both child and adult victims. AFIT used to be a five-day training that taught forensic interviewing of children only, and included other investigation-related information, including child sex offender dynamics, courtroom conduct and preparation, emotional survival for investigators, and medical aspects of child abuse. It has now been re-designed to focus exclusively on forensic interviewing of all victims and witnesses of crimes. 

AFIT used to require the eight-hour Basic Forensic Interview Training (BFIT), a stand-alone course, to be taken within the 12 months prior to attendance to AFIT. Now, the eight-hour BFIT course will become the first day of AFIT. The remaining three days of AFIT will go into further depth and include role plays and small-group practicum exercises facilitated by expert faculty.

 

What is the Advanced Forensic Interview Training?

The Advanced Forensic Interview Training (AFIT) is a four-day (32 hour) experiential course that teaches investigators how to forensically interview both children and adults. It is open to DCS Investigators, Detectives, Designated Forensic Interviewers, Tribal CPS, and Prosecuting Attorneys.

Participants will be taught the semi-structured cognitive interview technique, a research-informed forensic interview method designed to elicit the most amount of factual information from interviewees and avoid re-traumatization of victims.

The course includes role plays and practicum exercises, with several opportunities for participants to receive assessment and feedback from expert faculty members. Through videos, lecture, large group exercises, and small group exercises, AFIT prepares investigators to interview victims or witnesses of crimes including child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, adult sex assault, sex trafficking, and domestic violence.

Participant progress is determined through the use of a pre- and post-test, as well as expert faculty assessment of participants through practicum exercises and role plays.  

 

 

2019 Training Dates

 

February 11-14, 2019

               Application deadline: January 17, 2019

               Location: Childhelp Family Advocacy Center & Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix

 

May 6-9, 2019

               Application deadline: March 29, 2019

               Location: Childhelp Family Advocacy Center & Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix

 

September 9-12, 2019

               Application deadline: August 2, 2019

               Location: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility & Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix

 

December 9-12, 2019

               Application deadline: November 1, 2019

               Location: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility & Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix

 

Applications

2019 applications will be posted soon. Please check back next week.

 

 

For questions about Advanced Forensic Interview Training, please contact Claire Louge, Director of Training and Outreach, at Claire@pcaaz.org.