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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, 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). Registration is now open.

Finding Words will be held virtually from December 6-10, 2021. Classes are from 8:00 am - 5:00pm ET each day, with an early release around 2:00pm the final day. In addition to the Zero Abuse Project, we are partnering with the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (ONCAC) to provide this training. Cost for the course is $315, and if you would like information on a scholarship from ONCAC to attend, please click this link. Class size is limited to 30 individuals and those selected will be notified 30 days before the class. For any additional questions, please feel free to contact 

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. 

Registration for the December, 2021 Finding Words is now closed. Notifications will be going out to those who've applied by November 5, 2021. Please contact if you would like more information or want to be placed on a waitlist, in case of cancelations.