CIR has years of experience working with a network of experts to deliver high quality training to meet your needs. Our network of experts focus on content while we handle logistics, providing a streamlined and content-rich experience. CIR can provide your agency or collaborative with high quality, on-budget training tailored specifically for your county or agency.
Children's Advocacy Center Training Specialists
CIR has provided the Child Forensic Interview Training (CFIT) and other training topics relevant to those who work with Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) throughout California for nearly two decades. During that time CIR has developed a portfolio of services that is available for CACs and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) at a cost that agencies can manage. Please browse the opportunities below to see how we can help your center or team. We can also work with your team to combine aspects of several trainings into the right mix for your group.
Training for Leadership and Teams
Multidisciplinary Team Development
Every county and team in California has different needs. CIR can assist your team in the development process including: team member buy-in, facilitating meetings, development of protocols, negotiating MOUs, and meeting the State Minimum Standards Protocol and the NCA guidelines for accreditation. If your team is in the formation stage, this may be the training for you.
Sustaining Your CAC/MDT
Every organization needs to review protocols and re-energize their team from time to time. CIR has a network of organizational development experts who can provide strategic planning, board development, fundraising development, and executive coaching. If you have experienced significant change in your team, or have not reviewed your policies in the last few years, this may the training for you.
Expanding Your Reach
One of the more difficult tasks you have as a CAC/MDT is communicating the hard work you do in your community. When it comes to marketing your organization, crafting a local public service announcement, or communicating with local law enforcement and social services agencies to develop buy-in, let CIR's Public Relations consultant help you via customized coaching sessions. If your team wants to reach additional constituents or build its profile in the community, this may be the training for you.
Training for First Responders
MDT First Responder Development
Many teams express a need to educate first responders on best practices for minimal facts interviews, and how/when/why to refer cases to a CAC. This training explains the CAC process, reviews the justification for a single coordinated interview rather than multiple field interviews, and can include an explanation of the 10-Step protocol and the evidence supporting it. If you want to maximize buy-in and participation from first responders representing law enforcement, CPS, and other disciplines, this training may be for you.
Training for Forensic Interviewers
Child Forensic Interview Training (CFIT)
Our child forensic interviewer training can be tailored to meet the needs of your interviewers, from basic introduction to evidence-based methods to techniques for defending your interviews in court. A full CFIT includes a day of practice interviews. If you have at least ten forensic interviewers needing training simultaneously, this may the approach for you.
Forensic Interviewer Coaching
CIR's CATTA project has a long history of providing the best forensic interviewing training in California and we have a statewide network of experts that can be paired with your staff to provide one-on-one coaching. Consultant rates depend upon available consultants and the best match for your staff, plus travel costs. CIR has tools that can be used for virtual coaching as well. If you want to support your forensic interviewers in refreshing or building their skills, this may be the training for you.
Facilitated Peer Review
Peer Review is an essential component of a successful team. CIR can provide a facilitator to allow your county/team to host a regional peer review, bringing in interviewers from other counties to provide fresh perspectives and tools. If you have a group of interviewers who want to learn how to do peer review, or want to bring new skills to your peer review, this may be the training for you.
Following the CFIT training, interviewers can benefit from ongoing feedback, peer review and advanced training. The CFIT Clinic is a two-day training that combines literature review, discussion of advanced topics, and extended interview practice sessions with expert feedback. It is appropriate for those interviewers who have recently taken the CFIT and then completed a number of interviews. It is also appropriate for those who have been interviewing for some time and would like to update their skills. The CFIT Clinic is facilitated by two skilled forensic interviewers and provides extensive consultation in small groups. If you have a group of interviewers who have done at least 10 interviews each, and want to examine and improve their practices, this may be the training for you.
We often find that counties and teams need specialized training in expert topics, such as complex trauma and trauma-informed response, vicarious trauma, extended forensic interviews, working with victims that have developmental delays, and other topics. CIR can bring the right experts to your county for specialized training topics. This training can be customized to build the skills of your team members, from beginner to advanced. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Other Currently Developed Training Topics
Our expert staff and consultants offer many types and topics of training and technical assistance for your agency or organization. The table below is an overview of our training topics. If you don't see the subject matter you're looking for, CIR can tailor a service or training to meet your specific requirements.
Training costs vary by presenter, number of participants, location, and the amount of staff time needed to coordinate them.
Please fill out this form or call 805-876-0293 for more information.
Law Enforcement Topics
- Community Policing
- Responding to Crimes in Progress
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse
- Trauma-Informed Investigations
Internet Safety Topics
- Cyber Crimes and Internet Safety for Children
- Elders/Senior's Using Technology
Child Abuse Topics
- Child Abuse Investigations for First Responders
- Identification of Child Maltreatment (2 Parts)
Female Sex Offender Topics
- The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse
- A Close-up Look at Female Sex Offenders in Positions of Trust
Child Forensic Interviewing Topics
- Providing Supervision for the Narrative-Based Child Forensic Interviewing Technique
Child Abduction Topics
- International Child Abduction
Secondary Trauma Topics
- Reducing the Risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress in Front-line Child Maltreatment Professionals
Working With Youth Topics
- Working With and Engaging LGBTQ Youth
- Prevention, Intervention and Treatment of Student Bullying and Suicide
- The Impact of Family and School Violence on Children
Working With Veterans Topics
- Assisting Veterans and Their Families Coping With PTSD and Suicide
Human Trafficking Topics
- Human Trafficking
Non-Profit Development Topics
- Strategic Planning
- Board Development
- Financial Development