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Virtual Child First Training

November 16 - November 20

Maryland Children’s Alliance is sponsoring ChildFirst,® the forensic interview training program of Zero Abuse Project.  Participants receive comprehensive training on the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol. This training incorporates lecture and discussion, review of electronically recorded interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum.  This course is designed for those who work with a Children’s Advocacy Center’s as a member of the multidisciplinary team.

ChildFirst® is a unique approach to forensic interviewing for several reasons: ChildFirst® was designed by and for the front-line child abuse professional. Courses teach students to apply the latest research to real-world situations. Students watch numerous videotaped child sexual abuse interviews as a means of bringing the course material to life. The program requires students to demonstrate their interviewing skills. ChildFirst® models the multidisciplinary approach.The program encourages ongoing critiques of students’ interviewing skills in order to improve their technique. The ChildFirst® forensic interview course has been approved by the National Children’s Alliance to meet accreditation standards.

Offered FREE to Maryland Children’s Alliance members.

Monday – Friday, November 16 – 20, 2020
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday – Thursday, and 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM on Friday

This virtual training requires access to a computer with a webcam and a microphone and the ability to accept a Zoom meeting invitation. You must agree to keep your camera activated during the entire training and to log on 15 minutes early each day. You must complete pre/post tests and attend all sessions in order to receive your certificate.

TRAINER:  This training is provided by Rita Farrell, who serves as the Director of the ChildFirst® program of the Zero Abuse Project. Rita has been in the field for more than 20 years and manages the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Training Program, ChildFirst® Arkansas state program, and the development of advanced training courses and programs for forensic interviewers. Rita is a certified law enforcement instructor and provides training and technical assistance for child protection professionals. Rita currently conducts forensic interviews and has interviewed more than 1,500 children.

Your application will be reviewed by MCA for eligibility requirements and forwarded to the Zero Abuse Project for final approval for class admission.


November 16
November 20


Maryland Children’s Alliance