Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment - Webcourse

This is a 4 day (32 hour) multidisciplinary online course for WA State law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and specialized child interviewers.  The training is co-sponsored by the WA State CJTC and the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.  There are 30 hours of classroom and self-study with 2 hours of pre-course work.

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.

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 Acadis

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

DCYF employees must register through the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence by emailing Aidan Ramos

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

$500 for out-of-state applicants.

Kris Goheen (Special Investigations Program Manager)

(206) 793 -2617

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.

Required Equipment

As this class is offered online, each student must have a strong internet connection, a computer with video capabilities, and a working microphone.

Pre-Course work

All accepted students will receive the pre course materials via email approximately two weeks before class starts.

Pre-course includes videos, reading, and a quiz/survey.

The pre course material must be completed in order to receive training credit for the course. 


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


Four days online 0815 to 1700.

Class runs Wednesday and Thursday of the listed dates and completes on the following Monday and Tuesday.

There will be an online test the afternoon of the 4th day of class.

Dates 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.