Available Training Outcomes

ChildFirst® First Witness Forensic Interview Training

To provide the participant with the knowledge to conduct an age and developmentally appropriate, legally defensible child-friendly interview as part of a child abuse investigation while accounting for the child’s age, ability, cognitive level and cultural background.

We recognize the demands on front-line child protection professionals to respond quickly, sensitively and skillfully to these cases. Its training program, ChildFirst®, brings together a faculty comprised of experienced trial attorneys and interview experts. The faculty of ChildFirst® provides child abuse professionals a comprehensive introduction to a forensic interview process that will improve their ability to effectively and reliably interview children about sexual abuse.

At the end of the 5-day training you will:

Understand the ChildFirst® model for interviewing children about abuse;

Understand the benefits of using a multidisciplinary approach when interviewing children about possible abuse;

Have applied the information and techniques by participating in role-play interviews;

Understand what it means to act as a “neutral” professional when obtaining information from the child during a forensic interview;

Have read the significant research and professional articles related to the forensic interviewing of children.

First Witness Advocacy

Participants will leave with answers to the following questions:

“What are my options for advocacy within the system and outside of the system?”

“How do I make sure the victim’s voice is present in the change I’m seeking?”

“How can I educate others about violence, power and control after separation?”

“With whom do I need to work in the community to effectively advocate for battered mothers and their children?”

First Witness advocacy training seeks to build a community of advocates who share knowledge, insights, skills and support as they continue their work.

Participants will:

Understand the principles of social change advocacy and how to use them in their work

Understand how societal beliefs and values impact advocacy

Learn the tactics used by men who better to maintain power and control after a battered mother leaves

Learn about systemic responses (criminal, civil and social service) that impact battered mothers and their children

Learn how to advocate effectively within the system and outside of the system, as well as how to determine and use effective strategies

Learn how to create system change

Learn about how to build child and family resiliency in the face of continued battering after separation

Additional topics available by request:

Support group development and facilitation

Developing effective policies to support victims at the organizational, local, state and federal level

Conducting community assessments including how to facilitate focus groups