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Finding Words Ohio: A ChildFirst Course on Interviewing and Preparing Children for Court

Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, we are canceling the October 2020 Finding Words Ohio course. We are planning on offering this, in-person course in 2021 and will post those dates once they are set, nearer the end of this year.  We appreciate the work that you do for children and youth and hope to see you at a future training.  Please contact Nancy.Radcliffe@ohioattorneygeneral.gov with any questions that you may have.

Presented in collaboration with the Gundersen National Protection Training Center, this 5-day course is designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protection attorneys, and forensic interviewers. Students have a chance to learn the necessary skills to conduct a competent, investigative interview of a child abuse victim. This training includes lecture and discussion, review of videotaped interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum. There are nightly homework assignments and a written exam.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office applies for continuing education credits through the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage, Family, Therapists Board (CEU) and the Ohio Supreme Court (CLE), and the course has historically been granted law enforcement Continuing Professional Training (CPT) credit hours.

Training Overview

Finding Words can be…

  • Finding Words can be difficult for a child forced to tell a jury about abuse.
  • Finding Words can be difficult for a child victimized by abuse. Conflicting emotions of fear and love for the perpetrator may cause a child to be reluctant to reveal abuse. If children try to speak of abuse, they may lack the verbal skills to adequately communicate the event to an adult.
  • Finding Words can be difficult for a police officer, social worker or prosecutor who must speak to a child about abuse. In order to communicate competently with a child, the interviewer must speak in a manner consistent with the child’s linguistic and development abilities.
  • Finding Words can be difficult for an investigator or prosecutor forced to defend an interview when defense counsel claims that the child was “led” into making a false accusation.

This training is designed to enhance the participant’s ability to speak to and for abused children. Each course is limited to 27 students, so apply early to increase your chance of enrollment.


2020 Course Dates

All 2020 Courses are cancelled