ChildFirst™ Virginia is an intensive five day course in 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 also must conduct a 25-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.  Successful participants will receive a Certificate of completion.

This program is specifically designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protective attorneys, and forensic interviewers.

ChildFirst™ brings the field into the classroom to enhance the education of front-line child abuse professionals.

CACVA offers three trainings annually across the State.  Each training is limited to 40 students and is conducted by esteemed ChildFirst™ faculty, many of whom have been volunteering their time and expertise for nearly a decade.

Trainings scheduled for 2017 are Feb. 27-March 3 in Chesterfield, VA, June 26-30 in Abingdon, VA, and November 6-10 in Fairfax, VA.

Online applications and additional information will be available approximately 3 months prior to each training date and are accessible via link on home page or requested by email from Deanne Weatherly, CACVA Program Coordinator, at deannecacva@bvu.net.

CACVA is appreciative of the dedicated professionals working with victims of child abuse and looks forward to assisting all those professionals by providing ChildFirst™ Virginia training opportunities going forward in partnership with Department of Criminal Justice Services and VA Department of Social Services.  Our children deserve our best efforts.

ChildFirst™ is developed by the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center in Winona, Minnesota