Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI): A Best Practice

This webinar hosted by ECU STAABLE Campus Program, explained how to apply the science of memory and psychological trauma to enhance trauma interview approaches and techniques. Traditional training in this area focused on the explaining the impact of trauma on the “higher functioning” portions of the brain. However, research in the field demonstrates that these portions of the brain are not generally involved in experiencing and reacting to trauma. Adapting the principles used in critical incident stress debriefing and also the empathy-based techniques developed for forensic child interviews, the FETI process was developed to instead engage the ‘lower functioning’ portions of the brain. This technique reduces inaccuracy of the information provided and increases the likelihood of understanding the totality of the experience.  Click here to download the slides.
Sari Lipsett

Sari Lipsett is a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at CALCASA. Sari has worked in Wisconsin and California doing prevention education and programing, survivor advocacy, public policy and grants management. Sari works in CALCASA’s Southern California Office where it is sunny all the time.

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