Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment

This is a week-long multidisciplinary course for WA State law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and specialized child interviewers.  The training is co-sponsored by the WSCJTC and the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.

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 for law enforcement, prosecutors, and DCYF, FAR, and CPS investigators.

A separate criminal justice track 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via the Learning Management System (LMS).

If you have any issues with registration, please reach out to the program staff listed on this page.

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 the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence -

If classes are full, or not available, please complete the Course Interest Survey.  This is not a waiting list, but instead helps us see if there is enough interest to create another class.  You will be contacted if we schedule a session.

Free for mandated WA State law enforcement, prosecutors, CPS and child interviewers.

$500 for out-of-state applicants.

DB Gates (Special Investigations Program Manager), Michael Tesch (Administrative Assistant)

(206) 369-0174

Who can attend our classes?

This course is mandated for persons responsible for investigating child sexual abuse in law enforcement, prosecution, and child protective services per RCW 43.101.224.

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.

Pre-Course work

All students are expected to read the following articles and guide to gain a starting point for the class. 

There will be quiz at the start of class on Monday on the assigned reading.

Dress Code

Visitors attending training at the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus. 

Visitors not wearing agency identification can attend classes in business casual attire.  They will need to check in at the front desk and wear a clip-on visitor's identification card.


It is designed to meet the training required by RCW 43.101.224.


For Law Enforcement and DCYF, Monday's class will begin at 0800.  The remainder of the week classes will be held 0815 to 1700.

Testing will be conducted on Friday at 0815 for all students.

  • DCYF/Alliance participants will be dismissed after the test.
  • LE/CJTC participants will continue until 4:00 pm Friday.

Dates and locations for class sessions are listed below.


Deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to class.  Send an email to to cancel your registration.

$100 no show or late cancellation fee for mandated. 

$500 no show or late cancellation fee for non-mandated.