Sexual Assault Investigations: Victim-Centered Engagement and Resiliency Tactics

In this 30 hour course, officers will be trained to recognize and apply a trauma informed, victim centered lens and approach to sexual assault investigations from the original report through prosecution while working with the victim, advocates, and service providers to navigate the investigative/criminal justice system and recovery processes.  During this training, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the neurobiology and overall physiology of trauma from the dual perspectives of investigator and victim. Participants will increase their aptitude in the following areas:

  • Direct and vicarious trauma
  • Effective sexual assault investigations
  • Interviewing and wellness tactics aimed at enhancing endurance, resiliency, and case and/or recovery outcomes

In addition to increasing their understanding of tactics and strategies for working with victims of sexual assault and developing these cases, participants will practice interviewing techniques that include reality-based scenarios utilizing actors and facilitators to guide the interviewing techniques at the foundation of this course.

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

If a paper application is needed, the form is listed under Documents.

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class.  Selections will be completed four weeks prior to the class; those accepted into the class will receive a notification at that time.

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.  If we schedule a session, we will contact everyone who has completed the survey and request that registration be completed.

Free for WA State officers, prosecutors, or systems-based advocates.

$500 for out-of-state participants.

Jennifer Wallace (Sexual Assault Investigations Program Manager), Michael Tesch (Administrative Assistant)

(206) 835-7362

Who can attend our classes?

This course is mandated for officers responsible for investigating sexual assaults involving adult victims.  This class is also open to prosecutors, who will receive CLEs for their attendance, and system-based advocates. 

Due to the state mandate, officers will be prioritized for enrollment.

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.

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.


This training has been developed to meet the requirements of RCW 43.101.272.


Class times will vary by session.  Please refer to Student Instructions for specific session hours.


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

$500 no show or late cancellation fee.


Registration is preferred through the LMS system.  If a paper application is needed, please complete the form below and email for processing.