"Training the Guardians of Democracy"
Establish high standards and exceptional training to ensure that criminal justice professionals in Washington State have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively protect the life, liberty, and property of the people they serve.

This day-long training is a “refresher” class for WA State law enforcement, CPS, prosecutors and child interviewers who have previously attended the 3 - 5 day “Child Abuse Interviewing and Assessment” or “Child Abuse Investigation and Interviewing” courses (CJTC course # 5357) sponsored by the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC), DSHS and the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence. 

Law enforcement, prosecutors and child interviewers must register through WSCJTC either on-line or by application.

The class will be taught by CJTC Child Abuse Program Manager Patti Toth.  It will review and reinforce research-based best practices in child forensic interviewing and discuss recent modifications to best practices in child forensic interviewing. Specific topics will include:

  • Changes in recommendations regarding truth-lie discussions
  • Current best practice re: Interview instructions (or ‘ground rules’)
  • Current best practice re: “Narrative event practice”

Note: This is a follow-up class to CJTC course #5357 and does not fully satisfy the RCW 43.101.224 and RCW 74.14B.010 requirement for specialized child interview training for those who investigate child sexual abuse cases.

Prerequisite: Course #5357 "Child Abuse Interviewing and Assessment".

Cost: None

Cancellation/No Show:

  • Deadline: If, for any reason, it becomes necessary to cancel the application, you must notify the Registrar via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at least seven days prior to class.
  • Late cancellation/no show fee: $50 for mandated (WA State law enforcement, child interviewers, and prosecutors) / $100 for Non-Mandated (out of state and all others).


  • 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

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.

***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.


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