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Upcoming Trainings

Building and Reinvigorating Trauma-Informed Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Applications for this training are now closed.


Dates:
  December 10-11, 2019 (2.0 days)

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Trainers:  Donna Pence and 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 at least four key pillars of a successful MDT
  2. Identify at least three key elements of trauma-informed team investigations
  3. Identify four common challenges of MDTs
  4. Understand at least one strategy for overcoming each common challenge
  5. 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
  6. 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, medical, 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.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (and consultation calls)

Applications for this training are now closed. 


Dates:
 February 11-12, 2020 (2.0 days)

Location:  Las Vegas, NV

Trainers:  Benjamin A. Sigel, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based form of therapy specifically adapted for children (ages 3-17) who have experienced trauma and who are having significant emotional and/or behavioral problems related to their traumatic life events. The goal of this in-person, two-day training is to prepare clinicians to begin the practice of TF-CBT. All training attendees are expected to complete an online training prior to attending the in-person training, participate in semi-monthly consultation calls for six months following the in-person training and make TF-CBT presentations of appropriate clients.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this training, participants will:

  1. Identify ways that traumatic experiences have the potential to impact child development and health throughout the lifespan
  2. Cite at least two key research studies that demonstrate the potential impacts of childhood trauma on the lifespan
  3. Explain why trauma-informed care is vital and distinguish between traditional mental health treatment and trauma-informed care
  4. Describe the nature of the research that supports the efficacy of TF-CBT
  5. Identify and define each component of the TF-CBT model
  6. Recognize the importance of respectful and empowering client engagement in the treatment process
  7. Understand the rationale behind each TF-CBT component and be able to use at least 3 tools or strategies for each of the model’s components
  8. Access and practice trauma-focused assessment tools

Training Participants:  This training is for masters-level mental-health clinicians and graduate students who are working with a children’s advocacy center or children’s justice center to serve children (under 18 years of age) who have experienced trauma. The maximum training size is 36 participants, with a maximum of 12 participants per consultation call.  Participants of this training are required to complete the online TF-CBT web-based learning course in advance of the in-person training. The 11-hour, online course can be accessed by visiting https://tfcbt2.musc.edu/ and clicking “register”. The cost is $35, and CEUs are provided. A certificate of completion of the online training must be submitted to WRCAC prior to attending the training. In addition, training attendees are expected to participate in semi-monthly consultation calls for six months following the in-person training and make TF-CBT presentations of appropriate clients.

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

Court Preparation for the Medical and Legal Professions

Applications for this training will open in December 2019.
 


Dates:
  March 3-5, 2020 (3.0 days)

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Trainers: Justin Fitzsimmons, J.D.; 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

This 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 for each participant.  Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Leading Engaged Teams

Applications for this training will open in February 2020.


Dates:
May 5-7, 2020

Location:  Denver, CO

Trainers: Sara Lee and Kori Stephens, Midwest Regional CAC; Vicky Gwiasda, Western Regional CAC

Currently many multidisciplinary teams are absent of a good facilitator, and/or those that exist are not rooted in a shared philosophy and understanding of what a strong/effective team is and how the facilitator plays a critical role on that team.

A team facilitator is a neutral leader who tends to the relationships, communication and accountability of the MDT while fostering an inclusive environment to improve outcomes for children and families impacted by abuse.

This curriculum will provide both a grounding philosophy of what makes an effective team and skills within each of those characteristics; 1) Psychological Safety, 2) Structure and Clarity, 3) Meaning, 4) Impact, and 5) Dependability (Google re:Work). We believe training and mastery of these skills will result in stronger teams and better outcomes for kids.

Learning Objectives

Participants will leave with a solid understanding of the 5 characteristics of effective teams and be able to do the following in their role as facilitator:

  1. Establish safety and trust on the team
  2. Provide structure and clarity to team processes and systems
  3. Create shared meaning that incorporates individual differences, roles and mandates to establish a shared WHY.
  4. Demonstrate fluency in the CAC model and how the MDT approach impacts families and children.
  5. Understand and implement strategies to foster resiliency of team members
  6. Communicate expectations and implement shared accountability processes.

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.

Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation

Applications for this training will open in May 2020.


Dates:
August 12-13, 2020 (2.0 days)

Location:  San Diego, CA

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

 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.

Recent Trainings

Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and consultation calls

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.