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CAC Training and Professional Development

The Children's Assessment Center (The CAC) works to protect children by increasing awareness in the community about child sexual abuse. The CAC's training and outreach programs are designed to help professionals that work with children identify the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse and equip them with the necessary knowledge to protect children.

Speaker Request Program

The CAC provides trainings and education to community members and professionals through the Speaker Request Program. For a complete list of upcoming trainings and trainings available through our Speaker Request Program, or to request a training or prevention program, please email Karen at


Upcoming Trainings

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy with Children Victims of Sexual Abuse

November 7-8, 2017

8:00a.m. - 5:30p.m. daily

2 Day Advanced Workshop

by Ana M. Gomez, MC, LPC

Psychotherapist, Author, & an EMDRIA advanced training provider

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National Children’s Advocacy Center  5-Day Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

November 27th - December 1st

About the NCAC Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

Learn the internationally-recognized NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure in this five-day, interactive training. NCAC instructors are practicing interviewers which allows them to engage beyond typical lecture methods with the most current, evidence-based and practical, research-based experience. The training includes audience discussion, child interview practicum, review of recorded forensic interviews, experiential skill-building exercises, and participation in a mock court simulation. Trainees will be immersed in the realistic, unpredictability of children by participating in the only child interview practicum that utilizes real children. The use of actual children allows trainees to experience, evaluate, and prepare to overcome the spontaneous obstacles that only real children can provide.

To enhance the trainee’s continued education and skill development, each trainee receives a training manual, recorded copy of their interview practicum, access to additional training materials online, periodic follow-up calls with the NCAC trainer, and post-training e-mail and telephone support, as requested. In addition, trainees will receive Interviewer Bytes, a periodic summary addressing pressing issues in the child maltreatment field, sent via e-mail. As new research is incorporated into forensic interviewing practice, updated training materials are made available to past trainees.

NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure

The NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure is a flexible structure that can be adapted to children of different ages and cultural backgrounds, and is appropriate for interviewing children who may have experienced sexual or physical abuse or who may be a witness to violence. The NCAC forensic interview model emphasizes a flexible-thinking and decision-making approach throughout the interview, as opposed to a scripted format. Each component of the model is research-based and is reviewed annually for appropriate additions or adaptations, by a panel of practicing experts.


Faculty includes national experts who are also practicing forensic interviewers, and senior attorneys from the National District Attorneys Association.

Who Should Attend?

  • Professionals who have the responsibility for conducting the initial investigative/forensic interview of a child at a children’s advocacy canter
  • Tenured child abuse professionals desiring to sharpen existing interviewing skills
  • Professionals desiring to learn the current NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure
  • Seats in this training are intended for professionals currently working as part of an investigative agency, a multidisciplinary team (MDT), or a children’s advocacy center (CAC). Because of the high demand for this training, professionals currently working as part of an investigative agency, a MDT, or CAC will be given priority to ensure that they receive the training they need.

Course Topics

  • NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure
  • Forensic Questioning
  • Child Development
  • Memory and Suggestibility
  • Pre-Interview Planning
  • Strategies for Reluctantly Disclosing Children
  • Strategies for Actively Disclosing Children
  • Interview Practicum and Peer Review
  • Potential Challenges in the Forensic Interview
  • Direct and Incremental Transitions to Area of Concern
  • Effective Courtroom Testimony
  • Mock Court


Andra K. Chamberlin, MA-Andra is a trainer and forensic interviewer for the National Children’s Advocacy Center where she specializes in teaching participants how to conduct developmentally appropriate, legally sound interviews which maximize the quantity and quality of forensically relevant information regarding alleged incidents of maltreatment. She has worked in the child abuse field since 1989, has been conducting recorded forensic interviews since 1996, and has testified as an expert witness in criminal courts. She has presented at local, regional, state, national and international child abuse conferences on child forensic interviewing and multidisciplinary team functioning and has trained forensic interview specialists, prosecutors, law enforcement, therapists, client advocates, social workers, and children’s advocacy center staff. Andra was a member of the community organization that established the Children’s Advocacy Center in Midland, Texas where she served as the Program Director/Lead Forensic Interviewer for 14 years. During her tenure as CAC Program Director, Andra facilitated case review meetings for multiple child protection teams. She also assisted in the development of a forensic interview process for Texas and taught forensic interviewing training for 11 years for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas. Andra has worked in a rape crisis center as Education Director and directed a Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. She received her Master’s in Applied Research Psychology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Training Materials

Prior to the first day of training all registered participants will receive a document describing in detail the principles of the NCAC Forensic Interviewing structure. Each trainee will receive a printed manual in outline format, making the need for note-taking minimal. Supporting documents and reference material will be made available online to all participants of this training.

Tuition Cost

  • Standard Registration Fee: $1,249.00
  • The registration fee includes:  The 5 Day workshops, materials, certificate of attendance from NCAC and Lunches for each day of training
  • CE fees: $25.00
  • CE Certificate for Social Work, Professional Counselling, Marriage & Family Therapy or Professional Educators

For more information, email Karen @  or call 713-986-3530.

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Click Here for Lodging Information or Call (800) 227-6963


To receive emails regarding upcoming professional trainings, send an email to with "Training Email List" in the subject line.

The CAC & Child Advocates Inc. Volunteer Training

2017 Training Dates Volunteer Training is held at The CAC from 5:30pm - 9:00pm
May 17, 2017
June 21, 2017
August 16, 2017
September 20, 2017
October 11, 2017
November 8, 2017 
2018 Training Dates
January 17th, 2018
February 7th, 2018
April 11th, 2018 (*Daytime Training 9:00am - 12:30am)
May 9th, 2018
June 13th, 2018
August 8th, 2018
September 12th, 2018
October 10th, 2018
November 7th, 2018

Click here to learn more about Volunteering!

Volunteer questions, please contact Merri Hahn, Children's Services Coordinator at or 713-986-3553.

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