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Techniques for Successfully Interviewing Your Child Client


Understand the unique challenges of interviewing children and the guidelines concerning interviewing strategies.

Effectively interviewing children requires specialized knowledge and techniques related to child development in order to achieve optimal results. Attorneys and judges are often tasked with decisions about whether to interview children and, if so, the best approach. This topic will provide an overview of evidence-based methods that are developmentally sensitive, taking into account the unique emotional, social, linguistic, cognitive, and behavioral factors that apply to children and their ability to participate meaningfully in the legal process.



Sarah Shelton, Psy.D., M.P.H., M.S.C.P.

Sarah Shelton, Psy.D., M.P.H., M.S.C.P.

Shelton Forensic Solutions, LLC

  • Forensic psychologist, evaluator, and professor
  • Owns and operates a multistate multidisciplinary forensic practice, Shelton Forensic Solutions, LLC, which provides evaluation, expert witness testimony, treatment, mediation, training, and consulting for court systems, government entities, the corporate sector, and private consumers
  • 15 years of experience forensically interviewing children and consulting and training legal professionals on evidence-based techniques for effectively examining children
  • Has unique training and expertise on the nuances of developmental factors that are critical to understand when interviewing children
  • Recognized expert and has published and presented nationally on this topic
  • President-elect of the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychology, former president/chair of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and former president of the Kentucky Psychological Association
Rachel Buehner, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Rachel Buehner, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Shelton Forensic Solutions, LLC

  • Forensic evaluator, licensed psychologist, and clinical supervisor in correctional psychology
  • In her work with Shelton Forensic Solutions, LLC, she provides treatment and evaluation for court-active families, expert witness testimony, and reunification therapy
  • Worked in family-court active forensic psychology for more than a decade
  • Is recognized for her experience in treating and interviewing children during contentious divorce and custody cases as well as sexual abuse victimization cases
  • Current president of the Kentucky Psychological Association and a current member of the American Psychological Association's Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and Division 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice)

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