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Episode 16 – NCA Accreditation


Becoming accredited with the National Children’s Alliance has a lot of value for CACs, but the process can seem daunting. Darcy Fluharty and Shyra Williams from the Hanenburg CAC in Holland, MI discuss with us the benefits they’ve experienced in their over 20 years of being an accredited CAC and share some tips on how to best prepare for the accreditation process.

Darcy Fluharty is the Executive Director of the Hanenburg CAC in Holland, MI. Shyra Williams is the Program Director of the Hanenburg CAC.

Mentioned in this episode:

Hanenburg CAC – Website, Facebook, Instagram

NRCAC – Website, Facebook

MRCAC – Website, Facebook

SRCAC – Website, Facebook

WRCAC – Website

NCA – Website, Facebook, Twitter

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2019-CI-FX-K005 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, OJJDP or NRCAC.

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Episode 15 – Team Facilitation in Uncertain Times


MDT facilitation and coordination presents unique challenges on the best of days, let alone during crisis. On this episode Tony speaks with Greg Flett of the National Children’s Advocacy Center about the role of the team facilitator, what coordinating MDTs looks like, and how to approach this role during COVID-19.

Greg Flett is a Senior Program Manager for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a program of the National Children’s Advocacy Center. He has formerly been a CAC Director at centers in New York and Colorado, and was previously an Outreach Coordinator at the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center.

Mentioned in this episode:

Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center – Website, Facebook

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2019-CI-FX-K005 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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Episode 14 – Taking a Leadership Stance During Crisis


Leading within the CAC model – no matter your role – is complex under normal circumstances. During a crisis, this complexity is heightened, and the decision must be made about what kind of leader you want to be. Martha Lask joins us on this episode to discuss taking a leadership stance in a crisis situation.

Martha Lask, MSOD, PCC, is an Organizational Development and Coaching consultant in the Philadelphia area. She has collaborated with NRCAC to develop and facilitate the Leadership, Exchange, and Coaching project since 2003.

Mentioned in this episode:

Martha Lask’s website

Leadership, Exchange & Coaching Project

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2019-CI-FX-K005 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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Episode 13 – Game of Life Program


CACs work hard to provide high quality services to children and families, as well as build relationships with other service organizations to create a collaborative network for the community. But how do we make ourselves known, so those who need us know where to go? David Johnston from Deirdre’s House joins us to discuss the Game of Life, a unique way to familiarize children with the services available in their community.

David Johnston is the Community Liaison and Resource Specialist for Deirdre’s House in Morris County, NJ.

For more information on the Game of Life program, visit the program website.

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2019-CI-FX-K005 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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Episode 12 – Leading Through Crisis


What does it mean to lead through a crisis? In this episode, Tony has a conversation with Interim Executive Director Paul DiLorenzo about what it looks like to lead a CAC through our current unprecedented times.

Paul DiLorenzo, ACSW, MSLP is the Interim Executive Director of both the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center.

Mentioned in this episode:

Philadelphia Children’s Alliance – Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

Virtual Training Series – stay tuned to PCA’s Facebook page for information on upcoming trainings

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!
Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.
Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2019-CI-FX-K005 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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Episode 11 – Mobile CACs: Part 2


In the second half of this two-part episode on mobile CACs, Stacy Osborn joins us from one of the new mobile CACs to discuss what it’s like to operate one, and the impact it has had on MDT members and the community.

Stacy Osborn is the director of Safe Against Violence, a program of Delaware Opportunities, the community action agency in Delaware County, NY.

For more information on Delaware County’s mobile CAC, contact Stacy directly at (866) 457-7233.

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2019-CI-FX-K005 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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Episode 10 – Mobile CACs: Part 1


CACs face a number of issues with service accessibility, especially in rural and remote areas. New York has recently rolled out 7 new mobile CACs to help bridge the accessibility gap. In the first half of this two-part episode, Melaney Slenka from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services joins us to discuss the development and implementation process of these new additions.

Melaney Scklenka supervises the Children and Family Safety Unit of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

For more information on the mobile CAC program, contact Melaney directly at melaney.scklenka@ocfs.ny.gov or (518) 486-7674.

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2019-CI-FX-K005 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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Episode 9 – School Engagement and the H.E.A.R.T. Program

The majority of children seen at CACs are of school age, so what can we do to engage schools in the healing process while respecting the privacy of victims and their families? Nicole Ledoux and Meghan Noyes from the Granite State Children’s Alliance join us this episode to discuss the New Hampshire state chapter’s efforts to connect CACs with schools to support victims with their Helping Ensure Appropriate Response to Trauma (H.E.A.R.T.) Program.

Nicole Ledoux is the Victim Services Quality Assurance Director of the Granite State Children’s Alliance. Meghan Noyes is the Director of Program Services of the Granite State Children’s Alliance.

Mentioned in this episode:

Granite State Children’s AllianceFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube

For more information on the H.E.A.R.T. Program, contact Nicole at nledoux@cac-nh.org or Meghan at mnoyes@cac-nh.org

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

Disclaimer: This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2019-CI-FX-K005 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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Episode 8 – Peer Review for Forensic Interviewers


Flashback! This episode, we’re releasing the first ever pilot we recorded for this podcast, an interview with Bethany Cottrell, former Executive Director of Merrimack County Advocacy Center in New Hampshire, on Peer Review for Forensic Interviewers. Bethany joins us to discuss the importance of Peer Review, as well as how CACs in New Hampshire have structured Peer Review on the local and statewide levels.

Bethany Cottrell is the Human Services Director for Merrimack County, NH. She was previously the Executive Director of the Merrimack County Advocacy Center.

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2016-CI-FX-K003 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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Episode 7 – Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias


Conversations about cultural competency and implicit bias are difficult to have, but are crucial to effectively working on cases and within the MDT. Rashida Cartwright-Thigpen and Dr. Beth Reiman, Co-Chairs of the Cultural Competency Workgroup at the Children’s Advocacy Center at Westchester Institute for Human Development, join us this month to talk about their work in establishing a committed, focused, and ongoing conversation about culture and bias in their CAC.

Rashida Cartwright-Thigpen is an Assistant County Attorney in Westchester County, NY, and has been a practicing attorney for over 18 years. Beth Reiman, PhD, LCSW-R, is the Coordinator of Forensic and Clinical Services at the Children’s Advocacy Center at Westchester Institute for Human Development, as well as an Assistant Professor at New York Medical College and an Adjunct Professor at City University of New York.

Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at tony@nrcac.org.

This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2016-CI-FX-K003 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.

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