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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 open for spring training

The initial 2023 training session of Finding Words Ohio will take place March 6-10 at the Rhodes State Office Tower in Downtown Columbus.

Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with an early release on Friday. The course cost is $325. 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.

A block of rooms will be reserved at a discounted rate at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Downtown Columbus. Once participants have been selected in February, hotel registration, course materials and pre-reading will be emailed individually.

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 Holly.Zachariah@OhioAGO.gov or at 614-216-4909.