Project FIND Foundations Training
The Project FIND Foundations five-day training teaches participants the basic skills they need when performing forensic interviews for adult crime victims. It is designed for professionals with roles and experience in or working with adult victims and witnesses of crime and individuals with disabilities. The training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations for memory, trauma and cultural background. The curriculum is designed to support professionals as they gather information from alleged victims and witnesses in the most reliable and legally defensible manner.
Curriculum topic areas include:
- Trauma Informed Approach;
- Interview Setting;
- Remaining Neutral;
- Reducing Authoritative Presence of Interviewer;
- Communication Skills;
- Abuse Dynamics;
- Question Types;
- Engagement and Rapport;
- Interview Instructions;
- Transition to Topic of Concern;
- Topic of Concern;
- Closure; and
- Post Interview Considerations.
Participants learn through readings, didactic instruction, video examples, case scenarios, participating in activities throughout the training. All attendees complete a practicum to have an opportunity to practice and utilize the skills that are introduced in the training.
Maximum Number of Attendees: 24
Upcoming Dates and Times
These trainings are currently free, thanks to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds from the Ohio Attorney General’s office, and are currently held online in 10 sessions over five days. The weekly schedule for the upcoming dates will be as follows:
- Monday – 8:45 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday through Friday – 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Conflict of Interest Statement: This training is for establishing and implementing a protocol that is legally defensible to assist in the prosecution of crimes against people with disabilities. It is not meant for professionals who may be hired as a third party to investigate or advise a private company or other organization on the prevention or uncovering of potential liability, which would be considered a conflict of interest. In keeping with its mission to protect crime victims with disabilities, the AACs reserve the right to reject such applicants.