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Child Abuse Investigation & Interviewing, Course #5357
"Child Abuse Investigation & Interviewing" is a week-long multidisciplinary course for law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and specialized child interviewers. (Out-of-State applicants are accepted only on a space-available basis 2 weeks prior to course start and with payment of a $250 fee.) The training is co-sponsored by the WA State CJTC and DSHS Children's Administration, and CPS workers and other DSHS employees must register for the class through DSHS. The curriculum has been developed and is delivered by WSCJTC staff together with Harborview’s Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress (HCSATS) . The focus is on improving investigative skills in child sexual abuse and physical abuse cases, with emphasis on the investigative interview with the child. It is designed to meet the training required by RCW 43.101.224. (Awritten essay test regarding knowledge relevant to child interviewing is part of the course.) A separate criminal justice track on Day 5 addresses other aspects of the investigation in addition to the child interview, including electronic surveillance techniques, scene searches, and suspect interrogation techniques.


Each applicant will: 

  • Receive information on current state-of-the-art research-based investigative interview techniques;
  • Practice interview skills by interviewing actors using suspected child abuse scenarios;
  • Be critiqued in a supportive peer environment;
  • Learn the importance of cultural influences on the investigative interview and how to structure interviews to gain the most accurate information;
  • Learn considerations for effective interviews of victims with special needs;
  • Learn to defend interviews in court;
  • Receive the most recent Washington State Child Interview Guide and Quick Reference card.
Prerequisite:   None.
Cost:   None for WA State law enforcement, prosecutors, CPS and child interviewers; $250 for out-of-state applicants.
Application Form: Download application CJTC 215, choose PDF or WORD
To Register: Fax a complete application to 206.835.7926. Applications missing an authorized signature will not be processed.

Registration closes 1 week prior to class start date. There are no exceptions.

Questions? 

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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: All students are expected to complete the pre-class reading assignments which can be downloaded from the class downloads at the WSCJTC website-there will be a quiz at the beginning of the class on Monday morning related to this information. The pre-class reading materials are listed as: APSAC Chapter Disclosure, Interview CardAPSAC Chapter Interviewing and is located above your "Student Instructions" listed below. All students will conduct 2 practice interviews with actors playing the roles of children in suspected abuse situations. A written closed-book essay test will take place at the end of Day 4.

A seperate criminal justice track on Day 5 addresses other aspects of the investigation in addition to the child interview.

*** The class scheduled for May 14-18, 2012, has been changed to May 21-25, 2012. Please read below. ***
This class is: Sponsored
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