The NICHD Investigative Interview Protocol

Michael Lamb and Carlos Peixoto /

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The workshop will focus on the NICHD Forensic Investigative Interview Protocol. The NICHD Protocol has been identified as the best example of applied science in children’s interviewing (Saywitz, Lyon, & Goodman, 2011), recognition obtained through strong empirical grounded research (Lamb et al., 2008).Extensive research has demonstrated that the NICHD Forensic Interview Protocol improves the quality of information obtained from alleged victims including very young children (see Lamb et al., 2008, for a review). In Protocol interviews, absolutely and proportionally more information is elicited using open-ended prompts, whereas significantly fewer and proportionally fewer details are elicited using directive, option-posing, and suggestive utterances than in non-Protocol interviews. In addition, interviewers utilize more open-ended prompts prior to the first option-posing utterance in Protocol interviews than in non-Protocol interviews, thereby minimizing possible contamination. Studies suggest that the NICHD Protocol also enhances credibility assessment (Hershkowitz, Fisher, Lamb, & Horowitz, 2007; Hershokowitz, Lamb & Orbach, 2008; Lamb et al., 1997), and increases the amount of information obtained that is relevant for criminal investigation (Pipe, Orbach, Lamb, Abbott, & Stewart, 2013). Recent evidence shows that when the NICHD Protocol is used for interviewing young victims and witnesses, charges are more likely to be filed and suspects are more likely to be convicted  (Pipe, Orbach, Lamb, Abbott, & Stewart, 2013).

Intergenerational transmission of antisocial personality and how to prevent this

David Farrington /

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This workshop reviews the intergenerational transmission of offending, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, unemployment, debts, gambling, relationship problems, sexual promiscuity, depression, psychopathy and personality disorders. It discusses individual, parental, child-rearing and socio-economic mediating factors. It also discusses how this intergenerational transmission might be prevented by targeting these risk factors in intervention programmes.

Conduct Problems and Callous-Unemotional Traits in Children

Essi Viding /

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This workshop will focuses the behavioural and cognitive/affective profile of children with conduct problems who do or don’t have CU traits. An overview of imaging findings and also an overview of genetically informative findings will be addressed.

Assessment of children’s needs in residential care: A monitoring system

Jorge del Valle /

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Children and young people usually spend long time in residential care. They are placed in this resource after having experienced many and severe adverse family environments and the main objective of this intervention is to recover from those adverse experiences and to achieve a normalized development. Due to the complexity of those objectives it is absolute necessary to adopt some system to evaluate outcomes in this interventions, including a base assessment and progress in development during placement in care. In this workshop a system (SERAR) implemented in Spain since 15 years will be presented.