Mental Health Peer Discussion Groups for CAC Leadership

Mental Health Peer Discussion Groups for CAC Leadership

Start Date (Cohort 1):
March 1, 2022
Start Date (Cohort 2): May 3, 2022
Start Date (Cohort 3): July 12, 2022


The Mental Health Peer Discussion Groups are facilitated peer-group discussions to help CAC Directors navigate the challenges of meeting the mental health needs of the children and families served at their CAC, and improve their ability to supervise mental health clinicians providing services. The discussion groups are based on the premise that many CAC directors have not worked as direct service providers, do not have a mental health background, have a small (or no) mental health team (or rely on linkage agreements with a community-based mental health agency), and do not have a clinical supervisor position.

Each cohort includes a series of 4 one hour sessions occurring every other Tuesday. Each session will begin with a short presentation on the following topics followed by a group discussion:

  • Session 1 – Trauma 101
  • Session 2 – The Value of Standardized Assessments
  • Session 3 – Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Session 4 – Open Forum

Targeted Audience

CAC Executive Directors in the western region. The discussion groups are geared, in particular, to EDs who are not clinically trained and/or serve rural and frontier communities.

Each cohort is limited to a maximum of 10-12 Executive Directors


Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, Lead Trainer, Chadwick Center for Children and Families

Learning Objectives 
  1. To increase knowledge of trauma-informed clinical care in a CAC/CJC
  2. To differentiate between a clinical screening, clinical assessment, and clinical treatment plan
  3. To provide peer support for CAC/CJC administrators who are working in remote locations
  4. To identify additional resources that CAC/CJC administrators may utilize to support trauma-informed clinical care
Cohort #1 | Applications Closed

Sessions will occur every other Tuesday* from 10:00am – 11:00am (PT)

  • Session 1: March 1st
  • Session 2: March 15th
  • Session 3: April 5th
  • Session 4: April 19th
  • *Skips March 29th
Cohort #2 | Applications Closed

Sessions will occur every other Tuesday from 1:00pm – 2:00pm PT

  • Session 1: May 3rd
  • Session 2: May 17th
  • Session 3: May 31st
  • Session 4: June 14th
Cohort #3 | Applications Closed

Sessions will occur every other Tuesday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT

  • Session 1: July 12th
  • Session 2: July 26th
  • Session 3: August 9th
  • Session 4: August 23rd
How to Apply

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