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

Finding Words Ohio is a 5-day course designed for MDTs/investigative teams comprised of forensic interviewers, law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, and child protection attorneys. This training includes lecture and discussion, review of videotaped interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum. It includes homework assignments and tests.

Registration is now closed for the second 2023 training session of Finding Words Ohio that will take place October 23 – 27 in Downtown Columbus.

Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with an early release on Friday. Please note that registration does not guarantee a spot, as there is a waitlist from previous sessions, selection is based on criteria, and the number of training slots is capped. Those who are selected will be notified in September and must then pay the course fee of $325 in order to receive the pre-reading and preparation materials and to secure the spot. Information on a training hotel will be available once the class is selected and notified.

For questions, please contact Holly Zachariah, Deputy Director of Support and Outreach in the Crime Victim Services Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, at or at 614-216-4909.