ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol Training

Course Description

ChildFirst® is the forensic interview training program of Zero Abuse Project. Students receive training on the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol, child development, memory and suggestibility, testifying in court, legal issues and preparing children for court. This training incorporates lecture and discussion, review of electronically recorded interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum. ChildFirst® is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct a competent, investigative interview of a child abuse victim using the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol. ChildFirst® is an interactive course which combines lectures with demonstrations and hands-on experience. ChildFirst® is a flexible model and takes a holistic approach and explores for all forms of maltreatment. Students will conduct a 30 minute interview with an actor/actress playing the role of an abused child and will be critiqued on their performance and take a written exam. ChildFirst® is the ideal course for investigators, child protection workers, forensic interviewers, and prosecutors seeking to enhance their ability to speak to children.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn ChildFirst Forensic Interviewing Protocol.

2. Increase understanding on research for conducting forensic interviews.

3. Learn a holistic approach exploring for all forms of maltreatment.

4. Conduct a mock interview with the techniques learned.

Session Formats

5 day intensive course

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