Training Topics

Multi-disciplinary Team Response to Child Sexual Abuse Investigations

This training will review best practices used by Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and Multi-disciplinary Interview teams (MDTs) in California and beyond, and explain the benefits of working as a team to strenghten investigations and reduce additional trauma to the child and family. It will proivde an overview of team best practices and forensic interviewing, designed for those seeking to develop a team, stregthen an existing team, or simply receive an update on research and practice.

Content will include:

  • Brief history of the CAC movement and development of current best practices
  • Introduction to multidisciplinary teaming and team members’ roles
  • Understanding responses to sexual abuse and addressing psychosocial needs of victims
  • Investigations: Child Welfare and Law Enforcement needs
  • Medical evaluation of sexual abuse
  • Prosecution of child sexual abuse
  • Overview of forensic interviewing in a team setting
  • Interactive exploration of common barriers to effective teamwork

Dates and locations will be announced on our Training Calendar when ready.

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  • Free to CA residents
  • 1 day
  • 1 in North; 1 in South
  • 6 hours
  • 0.5 hours
  • Approved under Plan IV

Child Forensic Interview Training for California

Updated content, format and application process

This past fiscal year, CIR’s Statewide MD Coordinator and the CATTA Centers have worked in partnership with many of California’s top forensic interviewing experts to update and revise the CFIT Curriculum.


The Child Forensic Interview Training for California is an introductory course intended for new child forensic interview specialists. This course will introduce child forensic interviewing within the context of multidisciplinary team investigations; interviewer and team responsibilities; interview models and techniques; child development of language and cognition as it applies to interviewing; disclosure dynamics; childhood trauma as it relates to interviewing; and brief discussions of special topics including interviewing small children, adolescents, and children with special needs, and cultural competency. 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.

  • Q. What changes will there be to the content and the format?

    In recent years, the CFIT was a three-day training preceded by a one-day prerequisite MD training open to all team members. It was meant to be followed by the CFIT 2 training, which included several specific content modules and additional practice components.

    In the revision, the MDT material will be covered by four hours of online instruction, plus eight hours of required reading, related assignments, and a pre-training knowledge assessment. The MDT team training will be a separate event with dates not necessarily connected to the CFIT training. In-person MDT training can be substituted for the online prerequisites.

    The in-person CFIT training will be 4 days. The CFIT will be offered at least twice per year in both Northern and Southern CA (4 CFITS total). With the addition of the online prerequisite work, it will no longer be required that forensic interviewers attend the in-person MDT training.

    The training has been updated to reflect new research and bring material back into the training which had been moved into the CFIT 2 training. It does not, however, contain the extensive peer review opportunities offered through CFIT 2.

  • Q. Who is eligible for CFIT training?

    Generally speaking, CFIT is available to people currently conducting forensic interviews as part of a child abuse investigation through a multi-disciplinary center or team. Because of limited space, we often have to limit the training to two participants per county, at least initially.

  • Q. Will the new training be Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified?

    Yes, the CFIT is POST Certified at this time.

  • Q. Does the revised training meet the National Children's Alliance (NCA) standards?

    The revised training has been approved by NCA as meeting the Forensic Interview Standard related to training. The total course hours including pre-requisite work (37.5) exceed the minimum NCA standard of 32.

    Interviewers attending this training should maintain the certificates demonstrating completion. When a CAC participates in the NCA accreditation process, it will be required to submit documentation for each interviewer conducting forensic interviews at their CAC.

  • Q. What is the application process for CFIT?

    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.

  • Q. What certificates will participants receive after the training?

    Upon completion of the 4-day in-person training, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and, if applicable, POST or CEU credit.

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  • Free to CA residents
  • 12 hours of at-home pre-requisite
  • 4 days of in-person training
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  • Available for a fee

Regional Peer Reviews for Child Forensic Interviewers


Currently practicing Child Forensic Interviewers working in the 10-Step Model.


Join other professionals conducting forensic interviews. Observe the Ten Step Interview process, provide constructive critique, discuss current articles and topics, and share perspectives.

Quarterly Peer Review is designed to meet criteria set by National Children’s Alliance.

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  • Free as funding allows
  • 4 to 6 hours
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One-Day In-Person Training Topics

CATTA offers a new face-to-face training topics every year based on the results of our annual needs assessment.

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  • Free as funding allows
  • 1 Day
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  • 4 to 8 hours for MFTs and LCSWs