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Child Forensic Interview Training for California

Cost: Free to CA residents
Length: 12 hours of at-home pre-requisite, plus

4 days of in-person training
CEUs: Available for a fee


The Child Forensic Interview Training for California (CFIT) is an introductory course intended for new child forensic interview specialists. This course will introduce child forensic interviewing within the context of multidisciplinary team investigations, interviewer and team responsibilities, interview models and techniques, child development of language and cognition as it applies to interviewing, disclosure dynamics, childhood trauma as it relates to interviewing, and special topics including interviewing small children, adolescents, children with special needs, and cultural competency. Experiential exercises and role-play activities are interwoven throughout the training. Video of actual interviews are shown whenever possible. Completion of this course does not certify you to conduct child forensic interviews. Consult your County CAC/MDT for local requirements.


  • What changes have been made to the content and the format?

    In recent years, CFIT was a three-day training preceded by a one-day prerequisite MDT training open to all team members. It was meant to be followed by the CFIT 2 training, which included several specific content modules and additional practice components.

    In the revision, the MDT material will be covered by four hours of online instruction, plus eight hours of required reading, related assignments, and a pre-training knowledge assessment. The MDT team training will be a separate event with dates not necessarily connected to the CFIT training. In-person MDT training can be substituted for the online prerequisites.

    The in-person CFIT training will be 4 days. The CFIT will be offered at least twice per year in both Northern and Southern CA (4 CFITS total). With the addition of the online prerequisite work, it will no longer be required that forensic interviewers attend the in-person MDT training.

    The training has been updated to reflect new research and bring material back into the training which had been moved into the CFIT 2 training. It does not, however, contain the extensive peer review opportunities offered through CFIT 2.

  • Who is eligible for CFIT training?

    Generally speaking, CFIT is available to people currently conducting forensic interviews as part of a child abuse investigation through a multi-disciplinary center or team. Because of limited space, we often have to limit the training to two participants per county, at least initially.

  • Will the new training be Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified?

    Yes, CFIT is POST Certified at this time.

  • Does the revised training meet the National Children's Alliance (NCA) standards?

    The revised training has been approved by NCA as meeting the Forensic Interview Standard related to training. The total course hours including pre-requisite work (42) exceed the minimum NCA standard of 32.

    Interviewers attending this training should maintain the certificates demonstrating completion. When a CAC participates in the NCA accreditation process, it will be required to submit documentation for each interviewer conducting forensic interviews at their CAC.

  • What is the application process for CFIT?

    Applicants must complete and submit the CFIT application form online. Applications will be reviewed and, if appropriate, approved within one week of submission. Once an applicant receives approval, she or he will have access to the online prerequisite materials.

    Upon completion of the prerequisite work, participants will receive a certification. At that point, they will be added to CIR’s list of those eligible to attend the 4-day in-person portion of the training.

    If a participant has applied for the in-person CFIT but has not completed the prerequisite by two weeks prior to the first day of the training, that person will be placed on a waiting list to make room for those who have completed the prerequisites.

    These trainings have limited capacity and often fill up, so please apply and complete the prerequisite work as soon as possible. The application period may be closed prior to the posted deadline if space is no longer available.

  • What certificates will participants receive after the training?

    Upon completion of the 4-day in-person training, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and, if applicable, POST or CEU credit.

Regional Peer Reviews for Child Forensic Interviewers

Cost: Free as funding allows
Length: 4 to 6 hours


Currently practicing Child Forensic Interviewers working in the 10-Step Model.


Join other professionals conducting forensic interviews. Observe the Ten Step Interview process, provide constructive critique, discuss current articles and topics, and share perspectives.

Quarterly Peer Review is designed to meet criteria set by National Children’s Alliance.

One-Day In-Person Training Topics

Cost: Free as funding allows
Length: 1 Day
CEUs: Available for MFTs and LCSWs

CATTA offers new face-to-face training topics every year based on the results of our annual needs assessment.

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