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Training and Events


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Court Preparation for the Medical & Legal Professions

 Applications are currently being accepted through December 27, 2017.  To apply, click here.

 Dates:                   February 27 – March 1, 2018 (2.5 days)

 Location:             The Handlery, San Diego, California

Trainers: Justin Fitzsimmons, J.D., SEARCH; Antoinette Laskey, M.D., Center for Safe and Healthy Families, University of Utah; Mark Hudson, M.D., Midwest Children’s Resource Center and Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center; and Suzanne Starling, M.D., Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego

The Court Preparation for the Medical & Legal Professions Training is designed to build the knowledge and skills of medical providers and prosecutors who respond to, treat and investigate the physical and sexual abuse of children. The training addresses the respective roles of medical providers and prosecutors with regard to evidence collection and prepares each to elicit and provide unbiased, expert testimony in subsequent criminal court proceedings.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Develop a diagnostic approach to the medical management of the potentially abused child
  2. Effectively communicate with non-healthcare community professional partners like child protection services, law enforcement and lawyers
  3. Understand the scope of their practice and be able to communicate effectively in a legal setting regarding their training, experience and clinical decision-making in cases of suspected abuse

 Legal professionals will be able to:

  1. Understand medical consultant reports about victims of child maltreatment
  2. Develop a strategy for effectively presenting medical expert witness testimony
  3. Be familiar with common defense theories regarding different forms of child maltreatment

Training Participants:  This training is limited to sixteen, two-member teams (or a total of 32 participants) that include the following:

  • One healthcare provider (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, sexual assault nurse examiner or physician assistants) who provides medical evaluations for suspected victims of child abuse; this training is not designed for nurses or other healthcare providers whose role is to assist the examiner; and
  • One prosecutor or child protection attorney handling criminal cases of child abuse.

Priority will be given to applications representing both the healthcare provider and the prosecutor from the same multi-disciplinary team (MDT); however, as space permits, individual MDT members who fulfill these roles may also attend the training.

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

Continuing Education Credits.  WRCAC is in the process of securing continuing education credits for both medical and legal professionals.

Team-Facilitator Training

Applications are no longer being accepted.           

Dates: December 5-7, 2017 (2.5 days)

Location:  Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, California

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 at the Town and Country Hotel for each participant.  Airfare, meals and other expenses  are the responsibility of the participant.

The 32nd Annual International San Diego Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment

Presented by the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego

January 28 – February 2, 2018, Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, California




The San Diego Conference focuses on multi-disciplinary best-practice efforts to prevent, if possible, or otherwise investigate, treat, and prosecute child and family maltreatment. The objective of the San Diego Conference is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in the prevention, recognition, assessment and treatment of all forms of maltreatment including those related to family violence as well as to enhance investigative and legal skills. In-depth issues include support for families, prevention, leadership, and policy-making. Translating the latest research into action is also addressed.


WRCAC will offer the following trainings in 2018.  Please email wrcac@rchsd.org to add your name to our mailing list and be notified when registration opens.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

April 12-13, 2018, Portland, Oregon

This training will prepare clinicians to begin the practice of TF-CBT, an evidence-based form of therapy specifically adapted for children (ages 3-18) who have experienced trauma.  Participants are required to complete a 10-hour online module prior to attending the in-person training and participate in 6 months of monthly consultation calls following the training.

Forensic Interview at Trial: Preparation and Presentation

Week of July 21st, 2018 (exact dates and location to be determined)

This two-day training is offered in partnership with the National Children’s Advocacy Center an the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.  It is designed for prosecutors and forensic interviewers to attend in teams.
Participants will develop skills to successfully present testimony and counter defense tactics at trial.
The course utilizes didactic learning and mock forensic interviews for practice.

Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT)

Date and location pending

This training builds on the skills learned in the TF-CBT model to treat youth with problematic sexual behaviors.


Spanish Speaking Forensic Interview Training

November 14-16, 2017, Huntsville Alabama

Provided by the National Children’s Advocacy Center.  For more information, please visit: http://www.nationalcac.org/spanish-speaking-forensic-interview-training/.

Team Facilitator 2.0 Training

Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (SRCAC) will be offering Team Facilitator 2.0 in 2018. The training will allow MDT facilitators to delve much deeper into understanding their roles and applying the facilitation skills needed to help their teams succeed, resulting in improved outcomes for children who have suffered abuse and their families. Team Facilitator 2.0 will consist of two in-person trainings in Huntsville, AL, plus three web-based facilitator-led sessions that will take place in between the Huntsville sessions. Please note that this is a new training and is not a “part two” of previous Team Facilitator trainings that SRCAC has offered.

  • Session 1 in Huntsville: February 13-15, 2018
  • Session 2 in Huntsville: June 5-7, 2018

More information and registration will be available on the SRCAC website (srcac.org) in mid-November.

Extended Forensic Interview Training

Provided by the National Children’s Advocacy Center

October 23-25, 2018, Long Beach, California

This training introduces a model for a multi-session forensic interview of a child who is potentially a victim or witness of child abuse or other violent behaviors. An Extended Forensic Interview is appropriate for children where the results of a single interview are inconclusive or where there are serious concerns about the child’s ability to participate in a single-session interview. For more information, please visit http://www.nationalcac.org/extended-forensic-interview-training/