Forensic Interview Training at First Witness
Forensic Interview Training - Part I
The four day on-site program consists of lecture and discussion, review of recorded interviews, skill-building exercises and interview practice. Participants receive a class manual with current research and practices. Training takes place five times a year at our Training Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Classes are limited to 15 participants. The course fee is $850 per person. This course is also offered off-site. Please contact First Witness for off-site fees.
The First Witness forensic interview training is accredited by the State of Minnesota for continuing education units for social workers, lawyers, law enforcement professionals and psychologists. Accreditation for other states will be initiated by request.
Additional Training Opportunities
These skill-based and educational programs are offered both on- and off-site:
Forensic Interview Training - Part II
A two-day course that builds on the skills taught at the four-day program. The focus is on review of participant recorded, investigating perpetrators and courtroom strategy from both prosecution and defense perspectives. The goal is to enhance participant forensic interview skills, identify strengths and weaknesses, and increase the effectiveness of child sexual abuse investigators. On-site course fee is $725 per person. Contact First Witness for off-site fees.
An eight-hour course that offers practical training in developing a creative and productive multidisciplinary team. Cost is $1,500 per team. Class size is limited to 20 people.
Customized Training at your site
First Witness trainers are available to prepare and present customized training at your site. Topics are flexible and are determined by your program or team needs. Both skill-based classes and general purpose educational programs are available. Any combination of our training programs can be adapted to your specific group.
Video Conferencing at the First Witness Center offers interactive training options.
For more information on any training program, contact First Witness:
First Witness training evolved from an actual child abuse resource center
The First Witness International Training Center had its roots in a child abuse resource center that opened in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1993. The Center was the initiative of a collaboration of public and private agencies responsible for the investigation, assessment, prosecution and medical intervention of children who report abuse. Prior to the First Witness project, children who reported abuse were likely to be interviewed 4-5 times during the course of investigation assessment. Those involved with the process saw the need for change.
First Witness became a charter member of the National Children's Alliance. Today, the Center is a resource for area communities to facilitate forensic interviews and provide support services for children.
The forensic interview process developed by the First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center has grown to be recognized internationally. Each person trained in the process is making his or her community a safe place for children to grow and thrive.