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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, child protection attorneys. This training includes lecture and discussion, review of videotaped interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum. This online course will require participants to log onto a secure internet connection daily and follow other training guidelines (to be provided). Please check back after July 4, 2021 to see if a fall course is being offered. Feel free to contact Nancy.Radcliffe@OhioAGO.gov 

Training Overview

Finding Words can be…

  • Finding Words can be difficult for a child forced to tell a jury about abuse.
  • Finding Words can be difficult for a child victimized by abuse. Conflicting emotions of fear and love for the perpetrator may cause a child to be reluctant to reveal abuse. If children try to speak of abuse, they may lack the verbal skills to adequately communicate the event to an adult.
  • Finding Words can be difficult for a police officer, social worker or prosecutor who must speak to a child about abuse. In order to communicate competently with a child, the interviewer must speak in a manner consistent with the child’s linguistic and development abilities.
  • Finding Words can be difficult for an investigator or prosecutor forced to defend an interview when defense counsel claims that the child was “led” into making a false accusation.

This training is designed to enhance the participant’s ability to speak to and for abused children.