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Date: Thursday, December 14, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PT

Location: Sacramento, CA

Cost: FREE

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Course Overview:

This training will give forensic interviewers valuable information to strengthen their testimony when appearing as fact and expert witnesses in child sexual abuse cases. Participants will learn how to communicate effectively with juries while drawing upon reliable and current research. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a mock testimony exercise in small groups.

Attendance is limited to people currently conducting forensic interviews through a multi-disciplinary center or team as part of their jobs. Because of limited space, registration will be limited to two participants per county until every county has had the opportunity to apply.


About the Presenters:

Lauren Maltby has been working as a board-certified Psychologist for over 10 years. She has a Ph.D. in Child and Family Psychology and is a Supervising Forensic Psychologist for K.I.D.S. Clinic at UCLA Medical Center.

Mary Green is Chief Investigator for the Placer County District Attorney’s office and has been involved with her local Child Advocacy Center as both an investigator and a forensic interviewer since 2013.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Summarize 3 research articles on forensic interviewing published in the last five years.

2. Describe two common criticisms used against forensic interviews and how to address them.

3. Demonstrate skills learned through mock testimony class.

4. Recite three major differences in the roles of a fact witness and an expert witness.

5. Explain two things research has consistently found about sexual abuse that juries may not know.



1. Introduction to types of testimonies.

2. Fact witness testimony
    a. Research
     b. Tips 

3. Games/Interactions

4. Expert witness testimony
     a. Research
     b. Tips

5. Mock testimony with DAs
     a. Demonstration: interview Mary on Fact Witness Testimony
     b. Demonstration: interview Lauren on Expert Witness Testimony
     c. Mock cross with participants

6. Q&A


For more information, questions or grievances, please contact Rebecca Robinson at or 805-892-7338. CIR is committed to providing accommodations to those with disabilities. For all questions and accommodations for this training, please contact Rebecca at 805-892-7338 or

Continuing Education Credit:

Continuing Education Credit Cost: $45

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants may also apply for Continuing Education Credits for $45 after the event when they fill out the follow-up survey. Course meets qualifications for 5 hours of Continuing Education Credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #128590). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Certificates for CE Credits will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event. If you would like to cancel your CE application or would like a refund, please contact Goretti Alvarez at or 707-992-0537.

MCLE Credi:

MCLE Credit Cost: $45

This course meets 5 hour(s) of MCLE credit as required by the California State Bar (Provider #15175) and is available for a fee of $45


Produced by the CATTA Center, a project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding awarded by Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program (Formula Grant Program) and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention state funds (Grant Subaward numbers NC23 17 8567 and SC23 17 8567) through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).