Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview: A Trauma Informed Experience

Get full access to our extensive webinar library at a reduced rate! Sign up now for an individual subscription or invest in your team with agency subscriptions.
Current Status
Not Enrolled
Get Started

90 Minutes

Originally Aired
December 21, 2016

This webinar was originally included in a 2-part series. Only Part-2 remains available.

Russell Strand
Russell Strand
Consultant, SHIFT, LLC

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.


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


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641).

Registered Nurses may purchase 1.5 contact hours after completing this webinar.

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.

With a paid registration or subscription, you are free to personally listen to this webinar, as many times as you wish. You may also excerpt or cite the material following accepted conventions. However, you may not allow other individuals to listen to this webinar without their own registration or subscription.

This content is for Individual – Monthly, Individual – Annual, Individual – Lifetime, Agency – Bronze (1-10 Users), Agency – Silver (11-25 Users), Agency – Gold (26-50 Users), Agency – Platinum (51-500 Users), and Lifetime Access – Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview: A Trauma Informed Experience members only.
Login Join Now