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Forensic Interview & Family Advocacy Training

First Witness Child Advocacy Center (CAC) has a national reputation for providing exceptional training in forensic interviewing and advocacy practices.

Training Types

Advocacy

This training is designed for advocates who are working with children and families within a child advocacy center.

Forensic Interview

First Witness ChildFirst® Forensic Interview training prepares each attendee to conduct a purposeful and legally defensible interview.

MDT Development

Trainings designed to support MDTs stay up to date on current best practices in child advocacy.

Mind the Gap: 2023 NCA Advocacy Standards Training

Learn more and sign up for Mind the Gap: 2023 NCA Advocacy Standards Training; developed by First Witness CAC and approved by NCA to add to the fundamentals of victim advocacy as laid out in the 2023 standards for accreditation.

Upcoming Trainings

Advanced Forensic Interview

Based on the nationally-recognized ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol, this 2.5-day training provides a purposeful and legally defensible process for conducting expanded forensic interviews with… Learn More

July 24–26, 2024

Format: In-Person

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Advocacy

This training meets all essential components in the 2023 National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Standard of Victim Advocacy.  First Witness Child Advocacy Center’s… Learn More

August 13–15, 2024

Format: Hybrid

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Advanced Forensic Interview

This presentation will discuss the dynamics behind recantations of child abuse disclosures, both in forensic interviews and outside of forensic interviews. This session will review… Learn More

August 21, 2024 11:30am - 1:30pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Advocacy

Designed for advocates who have already completed a full 24-hour Advocacy Training, Mind the Gap adds to the fundamentals of victim advocacy as laid out… Learn More

August 26, 2024 1-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Prevention

This training is offered to adults in youth-serving agencies, churches, sports leagues, and beyond. Participants learn how to recognize, respond, and report child abuse. More… Learn More

September 10, 2024 2-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Forensic Interview

This presentation will discuss the unique and individual needs of youth in the forensic interview. Participants will be able to identify recommendations and considerations of… Learn More

September 20, 2024 2-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Forensic Interview

The ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol brings the field into the classroom, enhancing the education of front-line child abuse response professionals. This training is designed… Learn More

October 7–11, 2024

Format: In-Person

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Advanced Forensic Interview

This session will explore how interviewing children and adults with disabilities differs from interviewing individuals without disabilities, and will review best practices. Attendees will learn… Learn More

October 15, 2024 2-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Advocacy

Currently, only 62% of our nation’s states require education on healthy relationships. Adolescents are left to fill in the gaps of what healthy sex looks… Learn More

October 25, 2024 2-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Advocacy

This training meets all essential components in the 2023 National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Standard of Victim Advocacy.  First Witness Child Advocacy Center’s… Learn More

November 4, 6, & 8, 2024

Format: Online

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Advanced Forensic Interview

This session will cover the dynamics of interviewing and working with queer youth who are potential victims of violence or abuse. Topics discussed will include… Learn More

November 12, 2024 2-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Advanced Advocacy

Sexual abuse can be generational. Caregivers who have experienced abuse, now walk through our doors after a report from their own child. Their child’s report… Learn More

November 15, 2024 2-4pm CT

Format: Online

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Forensic Interview

The ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol brings the field into the classroom, enhancing the education of front-line child abuse response professionals. This training is designed… Learn More

December 2–6, 2024

Format: In-Person

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Advanced Advocacy

Designed for advocates who have already completed a full 24-hour Advocacy Training, Mind the Gap adds to the fundamentals of victim advocacy as laid out… Learn More

December 11, 2024 9am - 12pm CT

Format: Online

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Questions About Training?

Contact Operations Director, Madeline Kvale, for any questions you may have about our training offerings. Email mkvale@firstwitness.org or call 218.727.8353.