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Virtual Child Forensic Interview Training (CFIT) - Northern California

This is a FREE training event. 

Start: November 16, 2021 @ 8:00 am

End: November 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

Location: ONLINE


The Child Forensic Interview Training for California is a four-day 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. Experiential exercises and role-play activities are interwoven throughout the four-day training. Video of actual interviews will be shown whenever possible. Completion of this course does not certify you to conduct child forensic interviews- consult your County CAC/MDIT for local requirements.


ONLY professionals employed by governmental agencies or nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, and medicine who will be performing forensic interviews in a team-based and/or center-based program should attend this training. It is not appropriate for team members who will be observing, but not conducting, forensic interviews directly. Because this is experiential in nature, every participant is expected to participate in skill-building exercises and role-plays of forensic interviews. CATTA reserves the right to refuse admission to any individual who does not meet the eligibility criteria.

Goals of this Training

Participants will:

  • Discuss how a forensic interview fits into a complete investigation
  • Analyze the phases and components of the 10 Step child forensic interview
  • Develop strategies for obtaining specific details during a child forensic interview
  • Apply interview skills to role play interviews Identify ways to prepare for court
  • Adapt the 10 Step for different populations

Instructors for this Session

Kristy Brodeur Dermody is an Interview Specialist at the CALICO Center in Alameda County.  Rhiannon Grotke is an MDIC Coordinator and DA Investigator at the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office.

This training is FREE OF CHARGE. It is provided online, and requires a computer, video camera, microphone and speaker, and no distractions for the full 4 days.

The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education units (CEUs) for LMFTs and LCSWs. Course meets qualifications for 27.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #128510). Cost for CEUs is $45.00.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Kris Murphey at or (707) 512-0756 Requests must be received by: November 8, 2021.

For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Kris Murphey at or (707) 512-0756.

Presented by the Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Victim Services Branch.

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