ChildFirst® Missouri Forensic Interview Protocol Training
March 4-8, 2024 – Kansas City, MO
Applications are being accepted through Friday, February 9th. Apply here
The ChildFirst® Forensic Interviewing course is designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers. 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 is the ChildFirst® Missouri Forensic Interviewing curriculum developed by the Zero Abuse Project and includes the ChildFirst® Forensic Interviewing protocol. This course is an interactive, intensive training that combines lecture with hands on experience. From the pre-course materials on linguistics, child development, memory, suggestibility and other pertinent topics, to required-reading in the form of homework each day, students are expected to study a significant amount of literature relating to child sexual abuse.
Things to know:
- This is an intensive course and includes lecture, discussion, review of actual interviewers, skill building exercise, and role play interviews.
- This course is designed for those part of a multidisciplinary team, including law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protection attorneys, investigators, and forensic interviewers.
- The workshops are supplemented with homework assignments and each student will be given a written examination at the end of the course. Students who fail to attend all workshops, to complete homework, to participate in training exercises, or to pass the examination will not be awarded a certificate of completion.
- Successful completion of ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol training is only one component of the extensive training required to be a skilled forensic interviewer.
- 100% attendance is required to waive the tuition cost of $1000.
Attending this course is one piece of the forensic interviewer training process which requires ongoing skills building, mentorship, and peer review.
Registration will be available until February 16, 2024 or the course is full. A non-refundable registration fee of $150 is due at the time of registration. The cost of the training, $1000, is covered by funding from the Children’s Justice Act. If an attendee does not attend all days/sessions, the agency on record of employment may be billed the $1000 tuition cost minus the $150 non-refundable registration fee.
Participants are expected to attend all five days of training in its entirety, take a the pre/post-test, and participate in the practice throughout the course. A certificate of completion will be awarded only to those participants who attend the entire training, meaningfully participate in mock interview practice, pass the post-test, and sign-in twice each day. Partial attendance is not available for this training.
Cost to register: $150 payable by credit card at the time of registration or by check to be received by February 16, 2024.