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Multidisciplinary Team Training (1-2 day)

Team Work

The Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center’s One or Two-Day Multidisciplinary Team Training is designed to help facilitate team development, enhance team skills and team relationships.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Building team ground rules
  • CAC standards
  • Team development model
  • Conflict resolution
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Team member orientation

Teams will walk away from this training with a better understanding of:

  • team members’ and disciplines’ roles and responsibilities
  • how teams coordinate their efforts for more successful outcomes for children
  • how team members balance agency commitment with team commitment
  • opportunities to create or improve their investigative process and working relationships with the assistance of a knowledgeable facilitator.

CONTACT

For more information, please contact admin@nrcac.org.

Please note: NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you have a request for training and you are outside of the northeast region, please contact your region for guidance.

 

 

Good Teams Take Work

 

Succession Planning Training

NRCAC staff is available to meet with CAC Directors and Board of Directors to provide training on Succession Planning. Succession Planning image A succession plan is essential for planned leadership transitions and for emergency situations to sustain a healthy, functioning organization in accordance with the new standards for accreditation. This training will provide documentation for NCA standards of accreditation requirements (Organizational Capacity). The CAC has a written succession plan to insure the orderly transition and continuance of operation of the CAC.

CONTACT

For more information, please contact admin@nrcac.org. Please note: NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you have a request for training and you are outside of the northeast region, please contact your region for guidance.

"NRCAC is an incredibly valuable resource. The high quality training and technical assistance offered is always delivered in a timely, effective and friendly way. The growth and development of CAC programs in our state would not be possible without you!"

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

NRCAC is available to meet with CAC Directors and MDTs regarding the expansion of CAC services to include CSEC cases.

The training can be customized to meet the needs of your community, including:

  • Gain a foundation of knowledge and raise awareness to begin building a CAC response to CSEC cases;
  • Learn from successful CSEC programs in CACs;
  • Understand the role of each discipline in working with CSEC cases;
  • Recognize new partners needed to work with sexually exploited youth;
  • ldentify regional & national resources and tools for continuing efforts;
  • Increase awareness of the CAC role in CSEC response

CONTACT

For more information, please contact Michele Mullen, Michele@nrcac.org

Please note: NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you have a request for training and you are outside of the northeast region, please contact your region for guidance.

 

 

 

"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart."

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Vicarious Trauma & Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations

This workshop or ½ day or full day training for CACs and MDTs to discuss the impact of dealing with traumatic material on a daily basis.  This training, addresses the emotional, mental, and physical toll that is often imposed on those in helping professions. During this workshop, professionals will learn how to strengthen themselves and their organizations against compassion fatigue and burnout. They will also learn how to incorporate resiliency into their everyday work lives.

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WHAT THIS TRAINING WILL PROVIDE

  • Define vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, burnout and understand its signs and symptoms;
  • Learn the five pillars of resiliency;
  • Evaluate your resiliency;
  • Review strategies that can help strengthen child abuse professionals in their workplace to be more resilient.
  • This training will provide documentation for NCA standards of accreditation requirements (Organizational Capacity)

CONTACT

For more information, please contact Michele Mullen at Michele@nrcac.org or Sue Ascione at Sue@nrcac.org

Please note: NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you have a request for training and you are outside of the northeast region, please contact your region for guidance.

 

 

 

“No one can whistle
a symphony.
It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”

-HE Luccock

Victim Advocacy Training

WHAT THIS TRAINING WILL PROVIDE

A one to two-day training will enable participants to:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge and appreciation for the unique role of victim advocates in response to the needs of children and families;
  • Learn strategies to engage and empower caregivers in their support of child sexual abuse victims;
  • Increase understanding of multi-disciplinary team dynamics and implications for victim advocates as integral team members;
  • Review new NCA standards for victim advocacy

This training will provide documentation for NCA standards of accreditation requirements (Victim Advocacy).


CONTACT

For more information, please contact Michele Mullen, Michele@nrcac.org

Please note: NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you have a request for training and you are outside of the northeast region, please contact your region for guidance.

 

 

CACs can advocate for both the child and the model.

NCA Accreditation

NRCAC staff is available to meet with State Chapters, CAC Directors, Board of Directors and Multi-disciplinary Teams to prepare for the 2017 Accreditation Standards.  NRCAC staff is also available to meet with CACs to prepare for their Site Visit with NCA.

2017 Standards Putting Standards into Practice


CONTACT

For more information, please contact admin@nrcac.org.

Please note: NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you have a request for training and you are outside of the northeast region, please contact your region for guidance.

 

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

-Helen Keller

Team Facilitator Training 2.0

The task of facilitating a Multidisciplinary Team can be incredibly rewarding, but is not without its challenges. Playing a vital role on the team, a skilled Facilitator can help the MDT to function smoothly and efficiently. From navigating conflict to ensuring the best possible services for children and families, a facilitator often has to wear many hats. This training is aimed at building capacity within the Team Facilitator role and supporting them in what is often an isolated position.

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GOALS OF THIS TRAINING

  • Enhance skills as facilitators of team meetings and ongoing team communication and relationships
  • Enhance participatory discussion that involves all team members
  • Gain insight into and strategies for identifying system issues that 
impact cases and team 
dynamics
  • Promote collaborative decision-making and healthy, productive methods of addressing conflict.

REGISTRATION

Registration is limited to 20 participants and priority is given to registrants who demonstrate they are currently responsible for facilitation of team multidisciplinary meetings as well as ongoing team coordination and communication. Due to limited availability and high demand for this course, it is required that those who apply attend the training in its entirety. There is no cost for this training, and NRCAC will cover travel and lodging costs.

TFT 2.0 2020 Recruitment is now closed. If you are interested in applying for TFT 2.0 2021, please email admin@nrcac.org with your contact information.


TEAM FACILITATOR 2.0 FACULTY

John Alderson
John is the director for Resources for Change, Inc., a training and consulting group that provides organizational development and consulting with public and private agencies. He has focused his work intensively on comprehensive interdisciplinary child sexual abuse programs. John has over 25 years of clinical experience with individuals, couples, families and groups. John has provided training for the U.S. Air Force and Army Family Advocacy Programs, National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse, National Children’s Alliance, all four Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers as well as many Departments of Social Services/Mental Health/Youth Services, and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the United States.

Greg Flett, MSW 
Greg has a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University
and has over 15 years of experience working with child serving non-profit organizations
throughout the US. Greg has served as director of CAC’s in New York and Colorado; and
has worked closely with Multidisciplinary Team across the United Sates. Greg enjoys
working with MDT’s to strengthen collaboration, identify and address challenges and
improve outcomes for children and families impacted by abuse. Greg has a strong focus
on supporting MDT’s to work more cooperatively by improving communication, clarifying
roles and developing partnerships to accomplish shared goals. In his previous role Greg
served as an Outreach Coordinator for NRCAC, providing training and technical assistance
to CAC’s and MDT’s throughout the Northeast. Greg joined NCAC and SRCAC in October
of 2017. In his role as Senior Program Manager Greg leads the Children and Youth
workgroup for the National Resource Center of Reaching Underserved Victims;
collaborating with experts throughout the county to develop resources and training
aimed at increasing the quality and accessibility of services for child victims. Greg
currently resides in Boston, MA with his wife and two children.


CONTACT

For more information, please contact admin@nrcac.org.

 

 

“Case Review is a deceptively complex experience.”

- Chris Kenty

Multidisciplinary Team Academy

Multidisciplinary Team Academy is a two day training designed to facilitate team development, enhance team skills and team relationships. Teams must have core representation from CAC Director, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement and Prosecution/DA. Other team members should include representation from Victim Advocacy, Mental Health, Medical, Team Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer or CAC Staff. Each team in attendance should consists of 6-7 team members.

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TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE

  • Building team ground rules
  • Case flow charts
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Team development model
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • CAC standards
  • Protocols
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Team member orientation

TEAMS WILL COME AWAY FROM THIS TRAINING WITH:

  • A better understanding of team members’ and disciplines’ roles and responsibilities;
  • How teams coordinate their efforts for more successful outcomes for children
  • How team members balance agency commitment with team commitment
  • An action plan of the next steps to further the development of the team and/or CAC.
  • An opportunity to create or improve their investigative process and working relationships with the assistance of a knowledgeable facilitator.

TEAM ACADEMY FACULTY

John Alderson
John is the director for Resources for Change, Inc., a training and consulting group that provides organizational development and consulting with public and private agencies.  He has focused his work intensively on comprehensive interdisciplinary child sexual abuse programs.  John has over 25 years of clinical experience with individuals, couples, families and groups.  John has provided training for the U.S. Air Force and Army Family Advocacy Programs, National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse, National Children’s Alliance, all four Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers as well as many Departments of Social Services/Mental Health/Youth Services, and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the United States.


CONTACT

For more information, please contact admin@nrcac.org.

Please note: NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you have a request for training and you are outside of the northeast region, please contact your region for guidance.

 

 

 

No single discipline can
adequately respond
to an allegation of
child abuse.

Leadership, Exchange, & Coaching Project (LEC)

LEC builds the capacity of leaders in the CAC movement to provide dynamic, purposeful leadership to their organizations. The LEC vision is to create strong, healthy, effective organizations and partnerships. By taking the time for professional growth and development, CAC executives can advance the ultimate success of their organization’s mission.

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TARGET AUDIENCE

The main Leadership Exchange and Coaching project is for CAC Directors and Associate Directors who have been in their positions for one to two years.

LEC 12 Recruitment is now closed. If you are interested in applying for LEC 13 starting in the summer of 2021, please email katelyn@nrcac.org with your contact information.


WHAT CAN LEC BRING TO YOUR ORGANIZATIONS AND THOSE THAT LEAD IT

CAC directors can be extremely isolated in their roles. LEC creates a unique support network of colleagues and offers an exceptional growth opportunity.

  • Inspires CAC leaders to lead from a compassionate, strengths-based perspective
  • Creates peer networks in order to strengthen the collective CAC leadership and encourage continuous improvement in the CAC model
  • Teaches the best of organization theory to the benefit of their organizations
  • Provides professional individual coaching tailored to each participant

RESOURCES

Developing Yourself as a CAC Leader: Lessons and Insights from the Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project (view PDF file)

LEC Suggested Articles


LEC FACULTY

Martha Lask
Martha Lask co-developed and facilitates NRCAC’s Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project, (LEC), now in its 12th year. LEC builds leadership capacity, supports mentoring of new directors and  provides structured peer support and individual coaching for leaders of Child Advocacy Centers across the country. A former nonprofit executive director, Martha also consults to large pharmaceuticals as well as small nonprofits, bringing special expertise in leadership coaching, team coaching and in facilitating dialogue across organizations, departments and supervisory levels. Other projects: leadership development for a regional child care organization; coaching of clinical development teams for a large pharmaceutical. Martha is adjunct faculty at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) where she co-teaches “Coaching for Leaders, I and II”, integrating coaching theory and practice with body and movement based practices.  Martha was trained in the LeaderCOACH model by Perrone-Ambrose Associates, Inc. She has an MS in Organization Development from American University, a certificate in Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement and is completing a certification with the International Coach Federation.

Sue Ascione
Sue Ascione, MS, is a Training Specialist with the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. She has served over 30 years in the field of family violence as a direct service provider to victims of child abuse and domestic violence, and in leadership positions at child-serving nonprofit organizations in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Sue served 16 years as the Executive Director of the Children's Advocacy Center in Lawrence County, PA. She has been a mentor, trainer, and consultant to many emerging and developing child advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams to identify challenges, barriers, and organizational development needs to plan the changes necessary for quality improvement. Sue provides training on many topics, including Vicarious Trauma, Victim Advocacy, Team Development, and Minimal Facts.


CONTACT

For more information, please contact admin@nrcac.org.

 

 

 

 

 

“A leader must always set the standard of what they want to see in others.”

-Lolly Daskal

Training

NRCAC provides access to training nationally and regionally on topics related, but not limited to: multidisciplinary team development, team facilitation, forensic interviewing, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and specialized medical training. NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. View our current training calendar here.

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LEADERSHIP, EXCHANGE AND COACHING PROJECT (LEC)

LEC builds the capacity of leaders in the CAC movement to provide dynamic, purposeful leadership to their organizations. The LEC vision is to create strong, healthy, effective organizations and partnerships. By taking the time for professional growth and development, CAC executives can advance the ultimate success of their organization’s mission.
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MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM ACADEMY

Multidisciplinary Team Academy is a three and a half day training designed to facilitate team development, enhance team skills and team relationships. Teams must have core representation from CAC Director, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement and Prosecution/DA.
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TEAM FACILITATOR TRAINING

Team Facilitator Training is a two and a half day training designed to support those tasked with the facilitation of a multidisciplinary team.
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OTHER TRAININGS AVAILABLE BY REQUEST

NCA ACCREDITATION

NRCAC staff is available to prepare your organization for the NCA Accreditation 2017 standards.
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COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN (CSEC)

NRCAC is available to meet with CAC Directors and MDTs regarding the expansion of CAC services to include CSEC cases.
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MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM TRAINING

Upon request, NRCAC will provide a one- or two-day MDT training. This training is designed to help facilitate team development through building team ground rules, reviewing CAC standards, following a team development model, facilitating conflict resolution, clarifying roles and responsibilities and planning for new team member orientation.  more >>


SUCCESSION PLANNING

A succession plan is essential for planned leadership transitions and for emergency situations to sustain a healthy, functioning organization.
more >>


VICARIOUS TRAUMA & BUILDING RESILIENCY IN CHILD ABUSE ORGANIZATIONS

This workshop or ½ day or full day training for CACs and MDTs to discuss the impact of dealing with traumatic material on a daily basis. This training, addresses the emotional, mental, and physical toll that is often imposed on those in helping professions.
more >>


VICTIM ADVOCACY

A one to two-day training will enable participants to demonstrate increased knowledge and appreciation for the unique role of victim advocates in response to the needs of children and families.
more >>


CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

To request customized training for your CAC/MDT please contact us at admin@nrcac.org.

Please note: NRCAC staff is able to provide training to the northeast region - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you have a request for training and you are outside of the northeast region, please contact your region for guidance.


 

 

"NRCAC is an incredibly valuable resource. The high quality training and technical assistance offered is always delivered in a timely, effective and friendly way. The growth and development of CAC programs in our state would not be possible without you!"