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Finding Words Ohio: A ChildFirst Course on Interviewing and Preparing Children for Court

Finding Words Ohio is a 5-day course designed for MDTs/investigative teams comprised of forensic interviewers, law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, and child protection attorneys. This training includes lecture and discussion, review of videotaped interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum. It includes homework assignments and tests.

The training will return to in-person for 2022, and is set for Oct. 17-21 at the Vern Riffe Center in Downtown Columbus. Class size is limited to 30 participants. 

Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with an early release on Friday. In addition to the Zero Abuse Project, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has partnered with the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (ONCAC) to provide this training. Cost for the course is $325. ONCAC will offer up to 10 scholarships - Click here to apply.

Those who are selected for this limited-capacity course will be notified in September. Others can be put on a wait list for an anticipated spring training in Columbus.

For questions, please contact Holly Zachariah, Deputy Director of Support and Outreach in the Crime Victim Services Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, at Holly.Zachariah@OhioAGO.gov or at 614-216-4909.