Training Course

Introduction

Child maltreatment is both a public safety concern and in many cases a criminal matter.  Effectively questioning a child suspected of being maltreated or witnessing a crime is perhaps the most critical task facing a first responder. Safety planning, risk assessment and collecting physical and testimonial evidence are only a few of the critical tasks associated with an effective first response. For this reason, it is critical that all first responders be properly trained in the core knowledge competencies associated with effectively interviewing child victims or child witnesses. Properly trained first responders provide children and the general public reasonable assurances of sensitivity objectivity and credibility when responding to the scene of an alleged child victim.

Course Description

This 40 hour evidenced base certificate training course is designed to teach the basic entry level core knowledge competencies associated with effective child forensic interviewing.  The course covers 40 hours of online knowledge competency instruction and 16 hours of live peer review practice practicum. The empirical evidence from two practice job analysis was used in the construct of this curriculum. The course covers the core knowledge competencies identified as critical to effective practice by over 1500 currently practicing child forensic interviewers who participated in two separate practice job analysis. All course participants are required to pass an end of course exam. To qualify for the Certified Child Forensic Interviewer (CCFI) credential, learners must complete the online course, pass the competency examination and attend the 16 hour peer review practice practicum.

Course Objectives
 
  1. Participants learn the foundational core knowledge competencies associated with effective child forensic interviewing.
  2. Participants learn the effective use of child centered question typology.
  3. Participants learn to identify and address child developmental and cognitive challenges.
  4. Participants learn cultural, social and rapport building skills.
  5. Participants learn to identify and respond to common barriers associated with interviewing children.
  6. Participants learn how to corroborate testimonial evidence during a criminal investigation.
  7. Course participants learn how to objectively evaluate alternative hypothesis to an allegation of abuse.
  8. Course Participants learn how to effectively defend their interviews in court
  9. Course participant actively practice their interviewing skills during a videotaped peer review practicum.
Target Audience
 
Child Protective Services (CPS), Law Enforcement and other Child Protection Services Professionals.

Self-Paced e-Learning Online Course

Cost per participant is:   $ 225.00  

Cost to attend the live 16 hour practicum:   $ 225.00 

 

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 Certification Board Bios

 Hector M. Campos LCSW 
 Clinical Social Worker
 Fredericksburg, Virginia
 Board Chairman
 
 Joan Carter JD, MSW
 Attorney
 Arlington, Virginia
 Board Vice Chairman
 
 Kelly Bober DCFI
 CAC Executive Director
 Winchester, Virginia
 Board Secretary
 
 Naomi Lau  LCSW
 DoD Program Analyst
 Arlington, Virginia
 Board Treasurer
 
 Sylvia Aldaz DCFI, LSAA
 CAC Director /
 New Mexico /
 Professional Member/
 
 Kristen E. Webb LCSW
 Child Forensic Interviewer
 Bethesda, Maryland
 Professional Member
 
 Daryl B. Leach, LCSW, DCFI
 Child Forensic Interviewer
 Rockville, Maryland
 Professional Member
 
 Lisa Mitton, LCSW
 Child Forensic Interviewer
 Twin Falls, Idaho
 Professional Member
 
 Barbara Craig MD, FAAP/
 Director AFCCP
 Bethesda, Maryland
 Professional Member
 
 James J. Laster, MA
 Teacher
 Ashburn, Virginia
 Public Member
 
Examination Task Force Bios
 
Johanna Hager  LCPC, DCFI
CAC Executive Director
Morison, Illinois 
 
Hector M. Campos, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Fredericksburg, Virginia
  
Christina Copland M.S. Ed.
Child Forensic Interviewer
Maryville, Tennessee
 
Ann D. Goodall LBSW, ACFI
Social Work Specialist
Child Forensic Interviewer
Topeka, Kansas
 
Leslie Vassilaros, LSW, DCFI
CAC Executive Director
Wheeling, West Virginia
 
Michele Thames, DCFI
Child Forensic Interviewer
Norfolk, Virginia
 
Kelly Bober, DCFI
CAC Executive Director
Winchester, Virginia
 
Paul D. Naylor, PhD
Psychometric Consultant
Durham, North Carolina

Daryl B. Leach LCSW, DCFI
Child Forensic Interviewer
Rockville, Maryland
  
Lisa Mitton, LCSW
Child Forensic Interviewer
Twin Falls, Idaho