FORENSIC INTERVIEW TRAINING

What is Finding Words/Child First NJ - Forensic Interview Training Program? 

Finding Words/ChildFirst® New Jersey is an intensive five-day training course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct a competent investigative interview of a child abuse victim using the ChildFirst forensic interview process.

It is an interactive course, which combines lectures with demonstrations and hands-on experience. Students will be required to interview a child about a non-abuse event and be critiqued by an expert forensic interviewer. Students will also conduct a 30-minute interview with an actor playing the role of an abused child and will be critiqued on their performances.

FW/CF NJ is the ideal course for child welfare investigators, law enforcement, mental health clinicians and prosecutors seeking to enhance their ability to speak to and for abused children.

FW/CF NJ is a course taught by faculty trained and certified by the Zero Abuse Project’s National Child Protection Training Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

FW/CF NJ is an interactive course, which combines lectures with demonstrations and hands-on experience. Students will be required to interview a child about a non-abuse event and be critiqued by an expert forensic interviewer. Students will also conduct a 30-minute interview with an actor playing the role of an abused child and will be critiqued on their performances.

Who can apply?

Finding Words/Child First New Jersey runs Forensic Interviewing Training for specific individuals throughout the state. Please see below the criteria and eligibility requirements before applying for a training.

 

Forensic Interview Training Requirements and Eligibility for participation in-

 

MDT Training: 

  • ­­Must be employed by or part of a NJ Prosecutor’s Office, Department of Children and Families - Child Protection and Permanency Local Office or part of a New Jersey Multi-Disciplinary Team

  • Must be part of a county team organized by your county’s Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator (if you are unsure of who your MDT Coordinator is please reach out the Training Coordinator and they will assist you)

Please note: When applying for a training be sure to apply to your regions specified training or your application will not be approved or accepted

 

Municipal/Law Enforcement Training: 

  • Individuals must be employed by a New Jersey Police Department in a position relevant to the protection and safety of children  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Words/ Child First NJ

Northern MDT Training

 

June 20th -24th, 2022

Location: Morris County Public Safety Training Academy

Finding Words/ Child First NJ

Northern Municipal Training

 

September 19th - 23rd, 2022

 

Location: Morris County Public Safety Training Academy

Finding Words/ Child First NJ

Central MDT Training

 

October 24th - 28th, 2022

Location: DCF Professional Center

New Brunswick, NJ 

Finding Words/ Child First NJ

Southern MDT Training

 

March 14th - 18th, 2022

Location: Emergency Services Training Center 

Burlington County 

Finding Words/ Child First NJ

Southern Municipal Training

 

February 14th-18th, 2022

Location: Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center

Finding Words/ Child First NJ

Central Municipal Training

 

April 25th - 29th, 2022

Location: DCF Professional Center

New Brunswick, NJ 

Please send the completed PDF to info@findingwordsnj.org or fill out the online application.