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CAC & MDT Training

General CAC/MDT Training 

National Children’s Adovcacy Center (NCAC)
Located in Huntsville, Alabama, revolutionized the United States’ response to child sexual abuse. Since its creation in 1985, the NCAC has served as a model for the 1000+ Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) now operating in the United States and in more than 34 countries throughout the world, with 9 more currently in development.  NCAC offers varied training opportunities from in-person offerings and online options.

National Children’s Alliance (NCA)
National Children’s Alliance is a professional membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first.  NCA has many resources for CAC/MDT professionals including NCA Leadership Conference.

National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC)/Fox Valley
Established more than twenty years ago, NCJTC has extensive experience managing complex national training and technical assistance projects that demand attention to detail, competency, diversity, flexibility, and innovation. Through federal grants and national contracts, they have trained hundreds of thousands of criminal justice professionals in every state and internationally. Trainings include in person, webinar, conference for every discipline on the MDT.

Northeast Region Child Advocacy Center (NRCAC)
The Regional CACs provide training and technical assistance resources for communities to develop Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams and Children’s Advocacy Centers. The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is the grantee that has operated the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center since 1995.  NRCAC provides training and education for CAC Directors, MDTs and communities on topics related to the implementation and compliance with the 10 standards of NCA Accreditation.  

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC provides training, technical assistance, and resources to law enforcement personnel and others who investigate crimes against children, specifically cases of missing and exploited children.  NCMEC hosts traditional classroom training sessions at its headquarters in Alexandria, VA. and at offsite regional trainings across the country.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S
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Specific Online & Webinar

Trafficking 

Understanding Human Trafficking
Created by the Office for Victims of Crime, the Understanding Human Trafficking training is a series of five interactive online modules that offer foundational learning on trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to human trafficking. The modules are designed so that a wide audience can benefit.

Interactive Human Trafficking Online Trainings
A collection of 25+ training modules that include specific topics like the intersection of trafficking and domestic violence, gang-involved sex trafficking, working with foreign national child victims of trafficking, etc.  

COPS Child Sex Trafficking Online Training
This training is available to law enforcement officers only. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Violent Crimes Against Children Section of the Criminal Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is pleased to announce the launch of the Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series of Frontline Officers online training course 

Criminal Justice Professionals Catalog
Fox Valley/National Criminal Justice Training Center has 49 courses available to law enforcement and law enforcement-adjacent (all of us) professionals. Highlights include: 10 Myths of Sexual Assault, Inside the Mind of the Trafficker, Prosecuting Sex Trafficking Cases, Women Who Molest Children: Offender Typologies, and Child Sex Trafficking: Innovative Programs.  

LGBTQ +

Introduction to LGBTQ Competency
This is a good foundational training related to serving LGBTQ children and families. Topics include key terminology and concepts, an overview of the barriers faced by LGBTQ youth and families in child welfare, and the steps all service providers can take to overcome these barriers in order to create a welcoming environment.

Stopping it Where it Starts: Disrupting the LGBTQ Polyvictimization Pathway in Childhood
Victim service professionals recognize that members of the LGBTQ community often experience polyvictimization, but experiences of bullying are reported both at schools and home. Do practitioners understand how lifelong victimization patterns start? Data demonstrate that victimization typically begins in childhood. The intervention of caring and knowledge adults to make a substantial and long-lasting difference in the life of a bullied LGBTQ child or youth is needed.

Advancing Changes to Promote Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth of Color Impacted by Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems
This webinar will present information about LGBTQ youth of color in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Presenters will explain how racism and LGBTQ stigma increase risk of system-involvement for these young people. The value of an intersectional approach to understand risk, as well as specific actions that those working within child welfare agencies can take to promote change will be discussed. 

DISABILITY

Webinar: Interviewing Children with Disabilities Part 1
Build and develop a broader understanding of children with disabilities as well as new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating. When allegations/concerns of abuse are reported and a child is interviewed, it is important for service providers to recognize the child’s background, perspective as well as their spectrum of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Webinar: Interviewing Children with Disabilities Part 2
This webinar teaches you how to make the best use of forensic interviewing protocols to help children with disabilities, introduces new strategies for interviewing children in multiple age ranges, with multiple diagnoses, and illustrates specific legally defensible skills for building rapport with, engaging with, and gathering reliable information from children with disabilities. 

Social-Sexual Understanding: What You Need to Know About Social-Sexual Education and People with Disabilities
This training presented by SEEDS Educational Services, Inc., is a recorded live event and is approximately 4 hours long. This workshop explores the facts regarding the prevalence of disabilities regarding social-sexual education, abuse and common myths associated with disabilities including how professionals can combat these practices with simple tools and understanding. We will also explore the lack of social-sexual education resources to an undeserved population of people with developmental disabilities and easy social-sexual materials that can help combat the ever-growing statistics. 

Webinar: Working with Victims with Disabilities
This 1-hour webinar presented by Staci Whitney, LMSW included information regarding working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a focus on risk factors, protective factors, family dynamics and barriers to services. Following the webinar, professionals will have a better understanding of issues impacting individuals with disabilities and tools to overcome barriers that exist when communicating with and serving individuals with disabilities.

 

 

KNOW & TELL

If a child tells you that he or she has been hurt or you are concerned that a child may be the victim of any type of abuse or neglect, you are required to call the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Central Intake Unit at:

Telephone: (800) 894-5533

Contact your local police department with urgent child abuse or neglect reports

Proof of abuse and neglect is not required to make a report and you may report confidentially.