“Since [I attended AFIT], I investigated an Attempted Kidnapping case in which I used the skills I learned to interview the young victim. The information led to the arrest of 3 suspects who will no longer be attempting to kidnap anyone. I know this is the first case of many where I will be able to put your training to good use. Thank you again from myself and on behalf of all the victims you have helped by providing such excellent training!”  – Detective attendee of AFIT


Advanced Forensic Interview Training (AFIT) 

The Advanced Forensic Interview Training (AFIT) is a four-day (32 hour) experiential course that teaches investigators how to forensically interview both children and adults. It is open to DCS Investigators, Law Enforcement Detectives, Designated Forensic Interviewers, Tribal CPS, and Prosecuting Attorneys.

Participants will be taught the semi-structured cognitive interview technique, a research-informed forensic interview method designed to elicit the most amount of factual information from interviewees and avoid re-traumatization of victims.

The course includes role plays and practicum exercises, with several opportunities for participants to receive assessment and feedback from expert faculty members. Through videos, lecture, large group exercises, and small group exercises, AFIT prepares investigators to interview victims or witnesses of crimes including child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, adult sex assault, sex trafficking, and domestic violence.

Participant progress is determined through the use of a pre- and post-test, as well as expert faculty assessment of participants through practicum exercises and role plays.  

Note: AFIT used to require the eight-hour Basic Forensic Interview Training (BFIT), a stand-alone course, to be taken within the 12 months prior to attendance to AFIT. Now, the eight-hour BFIT course will become the first day of AFIT. The remaining three days of AFIT will go into further depth and include role plays and small-group practicum exercises facilitated by expert faculty.


2019 Training Dates


May 6-9, 2019

               Application deadline: March 29, 2019

               Location: Childhelp Family Advocacy Center & Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix


September 9-12, 2019

               Application deadline: August 2, 2019

               Location: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility & Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix


December 9-12, 2019

               Application deadline: November 1, 2019

               Location: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility & Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix



Application for Law Enforcement
Application for Prosecutors
Application for Tribal CPS
Application for Designated Forensic Interviewers

If you are part of DCS/OCWI and you are interested in attending AFIT, please speak with your supervisor. Your supervisor will be able to ask that you are added to an upcoming training.



For questions about Advanced Forensic Interview Training, please contact Claire Louge, Training Director, at Claire@pcaaz.org.