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Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events from CACC and our partners at CIR and Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center. 

CACC Annual Summit 2019

This year's 2-day training is designed to have us come together as a
CAC/MDT community and a state movement.

Building and Maintaining Resilient Multi-Disciplinary Teams and Organizations

While the collaborative, multidisciplinary response to child abuse has always been the heart and soul of the children's advocacy center (CAC) movement, the need to focus on and fortify multidisciplinary teams (MDT) has never been greater. This year's CACC Summit will provide an opportunity for leaders across the state to explore strategies for strengthening and sustaining this core component of the CAC model and our teams.

Featured Speakers Include:

Cathy Crabtree, Cathy is currently a consultant in Austin, Texas, is a former CAC and Chapter Director and the former Director of Chapter Development for NCA who has worked with hundreds of CACs and MDTs over the course of the past 25 years.

Janet E. Fine, MS, Consultant / Training & Technical Assistance Provider / Adjunct Faculty the Project Director for Northeastern University's Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Project funded by OVC, and a Senior Consultant for Organizational Resilience International, LLC.

Katie Albright, Chief Executive Officer of Safe & Sound, a children's advocacy organization in San Francisco focused on strengthening families and ending child abuse.

Will Laird, State Government Affairs Officer for the National Children's Alliance, which is the national membership and accrediting body for Children's Advocacy Centers.

Additional Event Information:

Boxed Lunches will be provide both days.

After the program on the second day, we will take a short walk to the State Capitol to meet with our elected officials to highlight the import work all of us are doing.
 

A limited number of travel stipends to assist with airfare and lodging are available for those CACC members who have to drive more than three hours to attend this meeting. Please answer the travel stipend registration question if you are interested in applying for such a stipend.

Each county and/or center is encouraged to send two leaders of their CAC/MDT. 

Mar 29, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:00 am11:30 am Online

CIR - WEBINAR- MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY: GUIDELINES FOR IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION

Presented by Beatrice Yorker, JD, RN, MS, FAAN

This interactive webinar will examine Munchausen by Proxy, known by many names including Medical Child Abuse. This disorder has come under scrutiny in recent years, but it is important that service providers recognize the warning signs. Beatrice Yorker is a nationally known expert on MBP/MCA, and she will review the national practice and management guidelines. She will answer all your questions and provide guidance for handling confusing or difficult cases.

Mar 27, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 20198:30 am & Thursday, March 28, 20194:30 pm Ukiah, CA

CIR - CHILD ABDUCTION INTERVENTION AND RESOURCE TRAINING

This basic training introduces participants to a multidisciplinary approach to assist professionals working within all facets of child abduction. This is an opportunity for county partners to increase their understanding of the roles of each agency and network with partner agencies towards a more coordinated response for missing and abducted children.

Apr 29, 2019

Monday, April 29, 20198:00 am PDTThursday, May 2, 20195:00 pm PDT Santa Cruz, CA

CIR - CHILD FORENSIC INTERVIEW TRAINING SANTA CRUZ 2019

The Child Forensic Interview Training for California is a four-day 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. Experiential exercises and role-play activities are interwoven throughout the four-day 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.

Eligibility
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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 in a team-based and/or center-based program should attend this training. It is not appropriate for team members who will be observing, but not conducting, forensic interviews directly. Because this 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.

Mar 26, 2019

Dates: March 26-27, 2019 (2.0 days) Location: San Diego, California

Western Regional CAC - Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and consultation calls

WRCAC is currently working with state chapters in the western region to recruit eligible teams for this training.  If you would like to be considered for this training, please reach out to your state chapter or contact wrcac@rchsd.org for more information.

Dates:  March 26-27, 2019 (2.0 days)

Location: San Diego, California

Trainer: Rachel Schiller, LCSW, Child Study Center, Yale University

This 2-day training prepares clinicians to begin the practice of CFTSI, an evidence-based form of therapy specifically adapted for children and adolescents ages 7-17 who have been exposed to a potentially traumatic event (PTE), within the past 30 days including disclosure about prior sexual or physical abuse, or other PTEs that have only recently been revealed. Participants also complete 6 months of monthly consultation calls following the training.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this training, participants will be able to implement CFTSI to achieve the following goals:

  • Improve screening and identification of children impacted by traumatic stress

  • Reduce traumatic stress symptoms

  • Increase communication between caregiver and child about child’s traumatic stress reactions

  • Provide skills to help master trauma reactions

  • Assess child’s need for longer-term treatment

  • Reduce concrete external stressors

 

Training Participants: This training is limited to nine, three-member teams (or a total of 27 participants) that include one clinical supervisor and two mental health clinicians.

 

Training Fees: There is no fee to attend this training. WRCAC will provide two nights of lodging for each participant.  Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

May 21, 2019

Applications are now being accepted through Monday, March 4th. Please click here to apply. Dates: May 21-23, 2019 (2.5 days) Location: Seattle, Washington

Western Regional CAC - Team-Facilitator Training

Team-Facilitator Training

Applications are now being accepted through Monday, March 4th. Please click here to apply.

 

Dates: May 21-23, 2019 (2.5 days)

 

Location:  Seattle, Washington

 

Trainers: John Alderson, Resources for Change Inc., and Kori Stephens, Midwest Regional CAC

 

Every multidisciplinary team presents its own unique dynamics, strengths and challenges. Individuals who facilitate multidisciplinary teams must possess a wide array of skills to foster relationships, build trust, cultivate participatory discussion and decision making and ultimately assist the team in fulfilling their mission. This training is catered towards individuals who are tasked with the responsibility of team facilitation and will provide insight into strategies for identifying challenges and barriers that impact case outcomes and tools for overcoming these challenges and addressing conflict.

 

Learning Objectives

 

As a result of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Create a safe environment that promotes participatory discussion among multidisciplinary team members

  2. Assist their multidisciplinary team in identifying and addressing challenges/barriers that impact case outcomes

  3. Lead team members to make collaborative decisions

  4. Effectively communicate their role as team facilitator

 

Training Participants:  This training is limited to 20 participants and, due to high demand, only one individual from each CAC may apply. The training is intended for CAC staff or MDT members who are responsible for coordinating team activities, facilitating case review, and ensuring the successful functioning of their team. Participants must attend the training in its entirety.

 

Training Fees:  There is no fee to attend this training.  WRCAC will provide three nights of lodging for each participant.  Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Apr 16, 2019

Registration is expected to open the fourth week of April 2019. Dates: July 16-17, 2019 (2.0 days) Location: Salt Lake City, Utah (tentative location)

Western Regional CAC - Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation

Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation

Registration is expected to open the fourth week of April 2019, and instructions on how to apply will be found here at that time.

Dates: July 16-17, 2019 (2.0 days)

Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah (tentative location)

Trainers: Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National Children’s Advocacy Center

 

This innovative trial advocacy training is designed for prosecutors and forensic interviewers as they work together to hone specific trial advocacy skills necessary to successfully present testimony and strategically counter common defense tactics during child abuse trials. Training methods include lecture and audience discussion, review of recorded forensic interviews, experiential skill-building exercises, and participation in mock court. Each participant will receive a training manual and access to additional training materials online.

Learning Objectives

 

As a result of this training, participants will:

  1. Gain valuable knowledge about effective forensic interviewer preparation for direct and cross examination by attending this training as a team of a prosecutor and forensic interviewer and participating jointly in practical exercises, group preparation, lectures and faculty feedback;

  2. Gain insight into meeting common untrue defenses in child abuse cases; and

  3. Gain insight into the trial techniques and rules of evidence concerning forensic interviewer expert witness qualification and direct and cross examination of a forensic interviewer at trial.

 

Training Participants: This training is limited to sixteen, two-member teams (or a total of 32 participants) that include one prosecutor and one forensic interviewer from the same children’s advocacy center or children’s justice center.  Individual applicants will not be accepted.

 

Training Fees:  There is no fee to attend this training. WRCAC will provide two nights of lodging for each participant. Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Sep 01, 2019

Registration is expected to open the last week of June 2019. Date: September 2019 (tentative) Location: TBD

Western Regional CAC - Building and Reinvigorating Trauma-Informed Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Building and Reinvigorating Trauma-Informed Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Registration is expected to open the last week of June 2019, and instructions on how to apply will be found here at that time.

Dates:  September 2019 (tentative date)

Location:  TBD

Trainers:  Donna Pence & Charles Wilson, MSSW

This training focuses on strengthening and building multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) that respond to allegations of child maltreatment, most often child sexual and physical abuse. The training will deliver strategies designed to reinvigorate and sustain established teams and promote the development and implementation of newly formed teams.

 

Learning Objectives

 

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify four key pillars of a successful MDT

  2. Identify at least three key elements of trauma-informed team investigations

  3. Identify five common situations which can deplete individual energy or commitment to MDT vision or process

  4. Assess the specific issue or issues which are currently obstacles to smooth, consistent MDT practice on their team and their role in changing the dynamic

  5. Develop both individual and team action plans to infuse energy and engagement with their existing MDT

 

Training Participants:  This training is for up to six multi-disciplinary teams of 5-6 members each, including representatives from law enforcement, child welfare, prosecution, forensic interviewing, victim advocacy, mental health and MDT leadership.

 

Training Fees:  There is no fee to attend this training.  WRCAC will provide two nights of lodging for each participant. Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

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