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Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment, Course #5357

Course Description:

“Child Abuse Interviewing and Assessment" is a week-long multidisciplinary course for WA State law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and specialized child interviewers who must register through WSCJTC. (Out-of-state applicants are accepted only on a space-available basis two weeks prior to course start and with payment of a $500 fee.) The training is co-sponsored by the WA State CJTC and the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence. CPS workers and other DSHS Children’s Administration employees must register for the class through the DSHS Learning Management System, Course Code 117, or by emailing Carlos Carrillo at the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • The focus is on improving investigative skills in child sexual abuse and physical abuse cases, with emphasis on the forensic interview with the child in suspected sexual and physical abuse cases.
  • It is designed to meet the training required by RCW 43.101.224.
  • A separate criminal justice track on day five addresses other aspects of the investigation in addition to the child interview, including electronic surveillance techniques, scene searches, and suspect interrogation skills.

Each applicant will:

  • Take a quiz at the beginning of class Monday morning and complete a written closed-book essay test Friday morning
  • Receive information on current research-based child forensic interview techniques
  • Understand the structure and components of forensic interviews that have been proven by research to be most effective in eliciting reliable information
  • Practice interview skills by interviewing actors using suspected child abuse scenarios
  • Receive constructive feedback in a supportive peer environment
  • Learn the importance of cultural influences on the investigative interview
  • Be aware of considerations for effective interviews of victims with special needs
  • Learn to defend interviews in court
  • Receive information about resources available to reinforce skills and keep updated about future developments in best practices

Pre-Course Work:

All students are expected to complete the pre-class reading assignments - there will be a quiz at the beginning of the class on Monday morning related to this information.

The pre-class reading materials are:

Class Expectations:

  • All students will conduct two practice interviews with actors role-playing children in suspected abuse situations.
  • Students must pass a written closed-book essay test regarding knowledge relevant to child interviewing that will take place at the beginning of Day five.


  • None for WA State law enforcement, prosecutors, CPS and child interviewers;
  • $500 for out-of-state applicants.

Cancellation/No Show:

  • Deadline: If, for any reason, it becomes necessary to cancel the application, you must notify the Registrar via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it seven days prior to class.
  • Cancellation Fee: $100 for Mandated / $500 for Non-Mandated.

Prerequisite:   None

Dress Code & Identification:

  • Visitors attending training at WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus.  If you are not wearing agency identification, you will be asked to check in at the front desk and will be provided with a clip-on visitor's identification card.


  • 8:15 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday for LE and DSHS
  • Test Friday 8:15 am for all students
    • DSHS will be dismissed after the test
    • LE will continue until 4:00 pm.
  • Dates and locations listed below

***Is this class full or not available???? Please complete the Course Interest Survey. Please Note: This is not a waiting list.  You will not be contacted by WSCJTC unless there is enough interest to generate a class being scheduled.  At that time we will contact everyone that has shown interest so that applications can be submitted.

Application Form:

CJTC Application Form (Word)

CJTC Application Form (PDF)

Submit Applications to:


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Fax: 206.835.7926

Course, Program or Policy Questions:

Patti Toth

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Phone: 206.369.0174