Course Hours: 40.0 Hours
ChildFirst Georgia, formerly known as Finding Words, is an intensive five day course during which students learn the necessary skills to conduct an investigative, forensic interview of a suspected victim of child abuse. This interactive course includes lectures, skill-building exercises, the review of recorded interviews, homework reading assignments, and a written examination at the end of the course. Participants must also conduct a 40-minute interview of a professional actor portraying the role of a sexually abused child. Upon completion of the mock interview, the interviewer receives constructive feedback from a professional forensic interviewer and a group of fellow students. Participants will receive a class manual and disc containing current and relevant literature and research. ChildFirst Georgia is centered around the RATAC interview model established by CornerHouse. ChildFirst Georgia is offered through a partnership with the Anna Crawford Children's Center, the National Child Protection Training Center, the Georgia Department of Human Services, and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. ChildFirst Georgia is offered through a grant from the Children's Justice Act. You must register with the Anna Crawford Children's Center Website and the GPSTC Website. This course is facilitated by the Anna Crawford Children's Center. It is a partnership between the Anna Crawford Children's Center, the National Child Protection Training Center, the Georgia Department of Human Services, and GPSTC. In addition to registering via the GPSTC website, students MUST visit the Anna Crawford Children's Center website, http://cherokeechildadvocates.org/childfirst-finding-words/ and complete their authorization form as well. Students are selected to attend by the Anna Crawford Children's Center and are encouraged to apply and attend with other members of their Multi-Disciplinary Teams. Submission of GPSTC online registration does NOT guarantee acceptance into this class. You will be placed on a waiting list until approved to attend the course by the Anna Crawford Children's Center.
There are no prerequisites, but attending the Child Victim Course offered at GPSTC is recommended.
Who Should Attend
POST Certified Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors, District Attorney Office Investigators, Child Advocacy Personnel
|Start Date||End Date||Location (Hover for more information)||Time||Course Number||Status|
|08/23/2021||08/27/2021||GPSTC, FORSYTH||08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.||LPAD21556||Register|
|10/25/2021||10/29/2021||GPSTC, FORSYTH||08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.||LPAD21731||Register|
|03/07/2022||03/11/2022||GPSTC, FORSYTH||08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.||TBA||Coming Soon|
|08/22/2022||08/26/2022||GPSTC, FORSYTH||08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.||TBA||Coming Soon|
|10/24/2022||10/28/2022||GPSTC, FORSYTH||08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.||TBA||Coming Soon|