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Finding Words Ohio: A ChildFirst Course on Interviewing and Preparing Children for Court - Virtual Training in 2021

The Ohio Attorney General’s office is pleased to partner with the Zero Abuse Project (ZAP) and the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (ONCAC) in order to provide a virtual Finding Words Ohio course in 2021. This course will be held during the week of February 22 – 26, 2021. It is designed to build the necessary skills to conduct a competent investigative interview of a child abuse victim.

Finding Words Ohio is a 5-day course designed for MDTs/investigative teams comprised of forensic interviewers, law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protection attorneys. This training includes lecture and discussion, review of videotaped interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum. This online course will require participants to log onto a secure internet connection daily and follow other training guidelines (to be provided). CEUs and CLEs are pending.

If you are interested in this training, please complete the registration form below. Those who complete the registration process will be notified by January 15th about their placement in this course. If you receive confirmation that you are part of the training class, payment must be made by January 30th in order to secure a seat.

As there are 30 seats available, we anticipate a wait list for this course and will work through the list as quickly as possible when there is a cancelation. We recognize that there is an urgency to train forensic interviewers in some areas of our state and will do our best to meet that need.

The cost for this training is $250 per participant. ONCAC may be able to provide scholarships for participants connected to a Child Advocacy Center. Please check the box to note your interest in applying for a scholarship. Please note that we will be closing the application on December 31, 2020. Please contact with any questions that you may have.

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, so apply early to increase your chance of enrollment.

2021 Course Registration has been closed.