In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WRCAC has re-imagined our services to include more virtual engagements and web-based initiatives, and moved many of our trainings online. We have redesigned our curricula and developed high-impact trainings that are learner-centered and take advantage of the technological tools and opportunities for peer engagement that come with online learning. Click the links below to learn more about the virtual programming we are offering to our region in
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Scheduled Regional Training
Building Resilient Teams
Building Resilient Teams is an online guided discussion group to build resiliency within the MDT. Participants, with guidance from a facilitator, will review the core elements of resiliency, identify strategies to grow capacity in each element, and consider how to implement the strategies within their MDT to encourage resiliency. Up to two discussion groups will be offered regionally in FY 2022-2023 to two-person teams from MDTs, with at least one individual from each team having a leadership role within the MDT to help encourage the successful implementation of new strategies.
Leading Engaged Teams
Leading Engaged Teams is a 2.5 day, in-person training designed for CAC staff or team members responsible for facilitating the success of the CAC’s MDT. This training aims to enhance participant skills as facilitators and leaders and improve ongoing team communication, accountability and relationships. This training provides both a grounding philosophy of what makes an effective team and an intensive skill-building experience that will result in stronger teams and better outcomes for children and families impacted by abuse. This training is open to MDT Facilitators working in the Midwest or Western Region.
Scheduled National Training
The Advocate’s Role in the Multidisciplinary Response to Child Abuse
This virtual training is intended to fulfill the 24.0 hours of core training for victim advocates required in the National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accredited Members. This training covers the nine competencies set forth in those standards and will include evaluation of an increase in skills and knowledge in those attending the training.
Fundamentals of Team Facilitation
This virtual training is intended to fulfill the 8.0 hours of core training for MDT Facilitators (regardless of their actual job title) required in the 2023 National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accredited Members. This training covers an overview of the MDT Facilitator’s role in the CAC/MDT model, an introduction to team development and skills for building trust and safety on the team.
MDT Facilitator Peer Forums
The Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers are partnering to host bi-monthly virtual MDT Facilitator Peer Forums to provide a space for MDT Facilitators to connect with their peers across the country doing similar work.
Mental Health Peer Consultation Forums
WRCAC is partnering with the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) to host virtual Mental Health Peer Consultation Forums to provide a safe space for clinicians to share resources, connect with other clinicians doing similar work, and seek guidance on issues of importance.
Victim Advocate and Mental Health Partnerships Peer Consultation Forums
WRCAC is pleased to begin hosting virtual Victim Advocate and Mental Health Partnerships Peer Consultation Forums to provide a safe space for victim advocates and mental health staff who partner together in serving children and families seen at children’s advocacy centers (CAC). This forum is intended to support and inform those relationships with presentations and discussions on topics that impact both disciplines.
Regional Training Available by Request
Building and Sustaining a Well-Functioning Multidisciplinary Team
WRCAC offers a series of training modules for multidisciplinary team (MDT) professionals that focuses on building and sustaining strong MDTs and MDT leaders. Topics include understanding the MDT model, effective case review, building resiliency, and more. WRCAC staff will provide guidance on which modules are best suited to the needs of your MDT.
Core Concepts for Team Facilitation: Course + Community
Core Concepts for Team Facilitation is a six-session learning program for individuals who serve as a multidisciplinary team facilitator for their children’s advocacy center. This program provides foundational knowledge and skills for effective team facilitation through online lessons and enhances opportunities to apply learning to practice through monthly virtual discussions. Additionally, participation in a virtual community provides connections with fellow team facilitators and another avenue for sharing resources and support.
Customized Training and Technical Assistance to Tribes and CACs Serving American Indian/Alaskan Native Children and Youth
WRCAC works in partnership with other national training and technical assistance (TA) providers to offer a variety of training and TA strategies that may include the following: Listen and Learn events (building partnerships), MDT trainings, individualized TA to CACs and/or support to enhance and expand services for developing a CACMDT response to child abuse. These activities may be offered as single opportunities or as a combination of support depending on the needs of tribal communities/CACs.
Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in a CAC Setting
This training can be delivered in two different presentation formats depending on the audience and is typically 2.5 hours in duration. While the learning objectives remain the same within each presentation, the focus of the presentation will change based upon the audience. The training focuses on the impact of trauma, secondary traumatic stress (STS), and organizational approaches to addressing STS (e.g. Reflective Supervision).