Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment - Webcourse

Note: All remaining classes for 2021 are full. 

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 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 -

Upcoming classes are listed below. 

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.

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

Pre course material includes a short quiz.


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


Four days online 0815 to 1700.

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.

Training sessions

Session Session Title Dates & Hours Location Status Cost
5358-4 Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment - Webcourse 10/13/2021 - 10/19/2021
Class Hours:
0815 - 1700
Full State personnel FREE / Out of state $500
5358-5 Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment - Webcourse 11/3/2021 - 11/9/2021
Class Hours:
0815 - 1700
Full State personnel FREE / Out of state $500
5358-6 Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment - Webcourse 12/1/2021 - 12/7/2021
Class Hours:
0815 - 1700
Full State personnel FREE / Out of state $500