Child Forensic Interview Training for California

The revised Child Forensic Interview Training for California is a 4-day introductory course intended for child forensic interview specialists. Participants will analyze child forensic interviewing within the context of multidisciplinary team investigations; assess the interviewer and team responsibilities; identify the phases and components of the 10-step child forensic interview; develop strategies for obtaining specific details during a child forensic interview; analyze the development of language and cognition as it applies to interviewing; interpret disclosure dynamics; apply interviewing techniques to young children, adolescents, and individuals with developmental disabilities; and demonstrate cultural competence while interviewing victims. Experiential exercises and role-play activities are interwoven throughout the training. Video of actual interviews will be shown whenever possible. Completion of this course does not certify you to conduct child forensic interviews — consult your County CAC/MDIT for local requirements.

Northern CA CFIT 2018

  • When: March 12-15, 2018

Cost: Free to CA residents


  • Length: 12 hours of at-home pre-requisite
  •               4 days of in-person training
  • Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Application: Click Here to Apply

Southern CA CFIT 2018

  • When: April 23-26, 2018
  • Cost: Free to CA residents
  • Length: 12 hours of at-home pre-requisite
  •               4 days of in-person training
  • Location: Orange, CA
  • Application: Click Here to Apply
  • Eligibilty:

    ONLY professionals employed by governmental agencies or nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, and medicine who will be performing forensic interviews for the investigation of child abuse in a team-based and/or center-based program are eligible to attend this training. It is not appropriate for team members who will be observing forensic interviews but not conducting them directly.

    Because this training is experiential in nature, every participant is expected to participate in skill-building exercises and role-plays of forensic interviews. CATTA reserves the right to refuse admission to any individual who does not meet the eligibility criteria. Due to limited space, we often have to limit the training to two participants per county, at least initially.

  • Pre-Requisite:

    Eligible individuals will be required to complete several pre-requisite assignments (readings and viewing of recorded segments) prior to being admitted to a specific in-person training date.

  • Application Process:

    Applicants must complete and submit the CFIT application form online. Applications will be reviewed and, if appropriate, approved within one week of submission. Once an applicant receives approval, she or he will have access to the online prerequisite materials.

    Upon completion of the prerequisite work, participants will be prompted to submit a certification. At that point, they will be added to CIR’s list of those eligible to attend the 4-day in-person portion of the training.

    If a participant has applied for the in-person CFIT but has not completed the pre-requisite by two weeks prior to the first day of the training, that person will be placed on a waiting list to make room for those who have completed the prerequisites.

    These trainings have limited capacity and often fill up, so please apply and complete the prerequisite work as soon as possible. The application period may be closed prior to the posted deadline if space is no longer available.

  • CEUs:

    The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this course and its content.

    This course meets qualifications for 27.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #128510).

  • Certificates:

    All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. CEU certificates, for participants who have applied for CEU credit, will be mailed to those participants within two weeks of the event.

  • Fees: No Cost

    This training is presented at no cost to participants. However participants are required to arrange and pay for their food and lodging.

  • ADA Accommodations:

    Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Sybil Halloran at (707) 992-0823 or Requests must be received at least five business days before training starts.

  • Revised curriculum:

    For more information about the CFIT 2016 revision, go to

  • Agenda:

    Day 1
    • 8:00-8:30 - Registration
    • 8:30-11:50 - Instruction: 10-Step Forensic Interview Protocol
    • 11:50-12:50 - Lunch
    • 12:50-5:00 - Instruction and activities: 10-Step Forensic Interview Protocol
    Day 2
    • 8:00-8:30 - Check-in and Networking
    • 8:30-12:00 - Instruction and Activities: Disclosure Dynamics, Gathering Forensic Details
    • 12:00-1:00 - Lunch
    • 1:00-5:00 - Instruction and Activities: Young Children, Adolescents
    Day 3
    • 8:00-8:30 - Check-in & Networking
    • 8:30-12:00 - Instruction and Activities: Role Play Interviews
    • 12:10-1:10 - Lunch
    • 1:10-3:40 - Instruction and Activities: Role Play Interviews cont’d
    • 3:40-5:00 - Instruction and Activities: Testifying about the Interview
    Day 4
    • 8:00-8:30 - Check-in & Networking
    • 8:30-11:40 - Instruction and Activities: Interviewing Diverse Children, Interviewing Children and Adults with Special Needs, Use of Media, Examining the Interview
    • 11:40-12:40 - Lunch
    • 12:40-4:15 - Instruction and Activities: Personal Interview Template, Care and Feeding of Forensic Interviewers, Post-training Knowledge Assessment, Bringing the Training Back
    • 4:15-4:30 - Evaluations and Distribution of Attendance Certificates
  • Presenters:

    Santa Rosa:

    Mary Green

    Mary Green is coordinator and forensic interview specialist at the Placer County MDIC. She has specialized investigative training in topics related to child abuse, domestic violence, crime scene investigation and the like

    Derrick Phelps

    Derrick Phelps is a detective with the Roseville Police Department and has been conducting forensic interviews since 2012. He serves on the Placer County SART Advisory Board, the Placer County MDIC Board & Steering Committee, and the Roseville Police Charitable Corp. He has an advanced POST Certificate and was named Roseville Police Officer of the Year in 2010.


    Lauren Maltby

    Dr. Lauren Maltby is a board-certified child and adolescent psychologist and an infant-parent and early-childhood mental health specialist (California Endorsement). She is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and works as the supervising forensic psychologist at the Kids In Dependency Systems (KIDS) Clinic, a medical clinic providing primary care for foster children. She provides training for forensic interviewers throughout the state of California on topics ranging from child maltreatment, forensic interviewing, and trauma-informed care. Dr. Maltby also serves on the Board of Directors for the California chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC). She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Biola University in 2012; she completed her pre-doctoral internship at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, both with emphases in child maltreatment and child welfare.

    Suzie Walsh

    Suzie Walsh is a Detective for the San Luis Obispo Police Department with 12 years’ experience investigating child abuse crimes. She hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, is a graduate of the University Southern California Delinquency Control Institute and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Ms. Walsh has conducted over one thousand child forensic interviews and has delivered expert testimony in the Superior and Federal Court on the subject of child abuse and child sexual assault. Ms. Walsh has designed curriculum for Drug Endangered Children which is presented through the California Narcotic Officers Association and has been a presenter at the California Sexual Assault Investigators Conference. She began presenting the CFIT curriculum with the Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center on California’s Child Forensic Training in 2012.

  • Apply for Santa Rosa, March 12-15, 2018

  • Apply for Orange, April 23-26, 2018

  • Travel Scholarship

    A limited number of travel scholarships are available for this event. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accomodate all requests, so please make sure you fill out the scholarship completely and turn it in at your earliest convenience.

    Please complete the application online.

Northern CA Training Contact

Please contact Kris Murphey for general information, concerns or grievances by email at or call (707) 992-0834.

Southern CA Training Contact

Please contact Joshua Thomas for general information, concerns or grievances by email at or call (805) 285-0091.


The training is presented by the Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).