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Neurodiversifying Interview Techniques


Reads Neurodiversity: What the MDT Can Learn From Its Potential with subtitle that reads A special topics webinar for the MDT presented by CATTA and the Center for Innovation and Resources.


Neurodiversifying Interview Techniques

This training is for MDT members and is ONLINE and FREE 

The webinar will NOT be recorded.

Date: Thursday May 30th, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PT)
Location: ONLINE via ZOOM
Registration Deadline: 
May 24th, 2024

Register Here or follow the link to register:                                                                                                                                       

Course Overview:
This workshop, designed to promote an understanding and appreciation for the processing and communication differences between neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals, will provide members of the MDT with practical ways to adapt and enhance social communication; thus, facilitating an environment of inclusion and belonging that will ultimately increase success of abuse investigations. Neurodivergence can be genetic and innate (Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, etc.), or it can develop from brain-altering experiences (trauma, long-term drug use, etc.), or a combination of the two. It describes diverse neurocognitive functioning, illustrating the infinite variations in which a neurodivergent individual relates to the world, which is neither negative nor positive, desirable or undesirable. Such an understanding of neurodivergence will equip the MDT with imperative skills to design new communication techniques that will increase the effective conduct of investigations.

Meet the Presenter
Christina Schopen
is a licensed professional counselor and psychological associate in the state of Texas and a professional counselor in the state of Arizona. She has spent more than two decades in the field of trauma and abuse, working as a therapist, forensic interviewer, statewide training faculty, and expert witness. She has worked more than 5,000 criminal cases involving children and adult victims and witnesses, with and without special needs. 

Educational goals for the webinar:

1.    Improved understanding of neurodiverse methods of communication.
2.    Evaluate levels of communication and tailor investigative practices to best support victims.
3.    Apply enhanced approaches based on above assessment.
4.    Have the confidence to design new methods of support for victims where there are none in place using resources and strategies learned in the training.

Intended Audience: All Multidisciplinary Team Members

Continuing Education (CEC)

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 8 different social language differences between neurodivergent and neurotypical populations.
  • Distinguish at least 2 signs of bidirectional communication difficulties between neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals.
  • Design and enhance at least 3 communicative techniques that create a sense of inclusion and belonging.

9:00am – 9:10am          Welcome & Introductions
9:10am – 9:45am          Overview of communication differences between neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals. 
9:45am – 9:55am          Break
9:55am – 10:30am        Forensic Interview Case Study  
10:30am – 10:45 am     Activity 
10:45am – 11:00am      Closing Points/ Question & Answer

For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Alexa Stiles at Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Alexa Stiles via email. Requests must be received by May 24th, 2024.

If you are interested in Continuing Education, payments will be accepted at the training for a fee of $20.
All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants may also apply for Continuing Education Credits after the event. Course meets qualifications for 2 hour(s) 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. CE Credits will be available after the event for a fee of $20. 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


Produced by Serving California’s Survivors with Disabilities (funding awarded by Ability Central) and the CATTA Center, projects 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).