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Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview: A Trauma Informed Experience
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
11:00 AM PT/12:00 PM MT/1:00 PM CT/2:00 PM ET


This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.


When people experience trauma, they go through a process that many professionals - as well as the individuals themselves - do not understand. For example, most of us were trained to believe that when an individual experiences a traumatic event, the brain records the majority of the details investigators need, or want to know, about the event: Who, What, Where, Why, When and How?

Unfortunately, trying to collect information from a victim of a traumatic event in this way actually inhibits the accuracy of the details provided. This is because investigators typically question victims about peripheral information such as the suspect's description, i.e., height, weight, hair color, clothing worn, the time frame of the event, etc. Some victims are capable of providing this type of information in a limited fashion. However, the majority of trauma victims are not only unable to accurately provide this type of information, but when pressed to do so, they may inadvertently provide inaccurate information and details which in turn creates suspicion as well as inconsistencies.

The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI) is designed to change this. The technique draws on the best practices of child forensic interviews, critical incident stress management, and neuroscience - combining them into a simple three-pronged approach that unlocks the trauma experience in a way that we can better understand.

In this webinar, Mr. Strand explores practical applications of the FETI, reframing questions, and how to close a FETI interview. Mr. Strand will also talk about how FETI can be applied to both preliminary and follow-up interviews.

Note: This webinar was originally Part 2 in a two-part series. Only Part 2 remains available.


Following this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify and apply the elements of FETI
  • Understand the difference between cognitive thinking and experiential memory
  • Distinguish between central and peripheral details
  • Discuss the use of the FETI funnel and reframing questions in a trauma informed manner
  • Consider helpful interview closing procedures



Picture of Russell StrandRussell Strand, Consultant, SHIFT, LLC

Russell W. Strand is an independent consultant and educator. With over 40 years' experience, he is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of domestic violence intervention, critical incident peer support, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse investigations. Mr. Strand developed the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI), while serving as the Chief of the Behavioral Sciences Education & Training Division at the United States Army Military Police School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Mr. Strand is a retired U.S. Army CID Senior Special Agent. As a result of his expertise, Mr. Stand responded to Ft. Hood, Texas to provide critical incident and trauma victim interview support following the November 2009 mass shooting. In 2012, he was inducted in the United States Army Military Police Hall of Fame.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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