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DCAC's commitment to the safety of children extends beyond those served at the Center. DCAC equips communities and schools with the tools and resources they need to recognize and report child abuse.

Our Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse seminar teaches the signs and symptoms of child abuse, and how to report child abuse.

If you work for a school, daycare, after-school program, church, or any organization serving children, let us help you train your staff on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse. Email us at education@dcac.org.

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events (or programs) that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions (or programs) for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the program bulletin (or in the catalogue or Website). The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


Lecture Series

The Lecture Series is held at various times throughout the year in DCAC’s state-of-the-art training facility. The Lecture Series is designed for the sole purpose of providing training to only those people employed by governmental and nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, probation, parole, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime and whose intent is to help children in their healing process.

There is no cost to attend but participants must pre-register online. 

Registration is limited to professionals employed in governmental and non-profit agencies who work directly with children and families. Please note, some training's are further restricted to only those professionals in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, probation, parole and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime whose intent is to help children in their healing process. DCAC staff reserves the right to refuse registration and/or admission to any individual who does not meet these criteria. If you have any questions about your registration, please email Dianna Smoot at dsmoot@dcac.org.

JANUARY

Bias Awareness and Socialization 

Training Type: Bias Awareness and Socialization
Invitation Only 

January 9th, 2020
Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Lunch will be served for everyone at 12:30pm.

Participants explore their own biases via the Harvard Implicit Association Test and how they are influenced by socialization. Cultural humility and dimensions of diversity will be introduced to demonstrate the importance of intentionally inclusive environments on positive client development and employee engagement. Pre-work is required for this session. Terisita Hurtado-Ramos (pronouns: she, her, hers) is the Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Texas. Previously she was the New Volunteer Training Manager at Dallas CASA for five years and worked as a conservatorship worker and investigator for CPS in Dallas County for over three years. She was the co-chair of the Disproportionality and Disparities Committee in Dallas County and certified trainer for Knowing Who You Are, a two day workshop exploring race/ethnic identities and race of relations. Ms. Hurtado Ramos received her Master in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and double minor in Justice and Family Studies at Arizona State University.

Microagressions and Inclusive Language   

Training Type: Lecture Series
Invitation Only 

January 23rd, 2020
Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Lunch will be served for everyone at 12:30pm.

 This session explores microaggressions and the role of language, communication, and socialization in inclusion and exclusion. Participants also explore how these contribute to identity authoring and lived experience. Pre-work is required for this session.

Terisita Hurtado-Ramos (pronouns: she, her, hers) is the Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Texas. Previously she was the New Volunteer Training Manager at Dallas CASA for five years and worked as a conservatorship worker and investigator for CPS in Dallas County for over three years. She was the co-chair of the Disproportionality and Disparities Committee in Dallas County and certified trainer for Knowing Who You Are, a two day workshop exploring race/ethnic identities and race of relations. Ms. Hurtado Ramos received her Master in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and double minor in Justice and Family Studies at Arizona State University.

DCAC Internal Training

DCAC INTERNAL TRAININGS SCREENING FOR SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE FIELD 

Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to professionals working for DFPS** 

All children on every DFPS case should be screened for sexual abuse at some point during the investigation. Many DFPS workers are unsure as to how to do this properly without going too far and interfering with the detailed interview that will be needed by law enforcement if a disclosure is made. This presentation is a condensed version of the full course, "P.R.O.T.E.C.T. Interviewing and Screening in the Field: A Guide for Dallas County Department of Family and Protective Services" and will focus entirely on teaching DFPS workers how to properly screen children for sexual abuse when interviewing children in the field. 

Participants will learn how to properly screen using acceptable methods, what important questions need to be asked if a child does disclose, and when to stop, contact law enforcement and request a detailed forensic interview from the forensic interview team at DCAC. A Screening Packet created by DCAC will be given to each attendee with information including important phone numbers, an overview of the sexual abuse screening procedures and helpful flashcards to assist in conducting a truth/lie scenario with children. 

9:00 am – 12:00pm
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am 

February 10:  http://www.cvent.com/d/yhqk99
April 6:  http://www.cvent.com/d/fhq9w9
June 22:  http://www.cvent.com/d/hhq9wp
October 5: http://www.cvent.com/d/nhq9w1

DCAC New Team Member Orientation

NEW TEAM MEMBER ORIENTATION 

Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to DCAC staff and official MDT partners only**
8:15 am – 1:30 pm
Breakfast and lunch will be served

Are you new to the child abuse field, DCAC model or the multidisciplinary team? If so, please join us for New Team Member Orientation. This orientation provides a better understanding of crimes against children, the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) investigative process, and services offered at the Center. You will walk away from orientation with a better understanding of available resources, the role you play in the process and how it all comes together in the end. 

 
October 23: http://www.cvent.com/d/fbqgph/1Q 
November 20: http://www.cvent.com/d/hbqgph/1Q 
December 11: http://www.cvent.com/d/kbqgpn/1Q


Schedule a Speaker

Become a part of an educated and empowered community where all children are safe from harm. Select one of the programs listed below and request a speaker for your community group, corporation, or place of worship. To request a speaker email: education@dcac.org!

EDUCATION MENU:

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center 101
Familiarize yourself with the issue of child abuse and DCAC’s expert response. Learn about the multi-disciplinary team model used at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases as well as to treat abuse victims, both children and non-offending family members. (15 – 30 minutes)
Also available in Spanish

Keeping Your Children Safe From Harm in the Real and Virtual World
Perfect for a “lunch and learn” at a place of business, worship or for any group who wants to learn the basics about keeping children safe. A 24-minute video is followed by facilitated discussion and opportunities to give back. (1 hour)
Also available in Spanish

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
This seminar teaches individuals who work with children on a daily basis about the signs and symptoms of child abuse. DCAC’s Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse training is video-based and highly interactive. This curriculum is designed to allow one or more members of an organization to receive training and consultation on teaching Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse to the staff of their respective organization. Participants will learn facts about child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, as well as many other important details on making a report. (1 – 1.5 hours)

Training Curriculum

DCAC's three video-based curricula provide a comprehensive training solution for mandated reporters, parents, children, and community members on the full scope of child maltreatment.

Curriculum includes: 

  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse – appropriate for all who work with or care about children 
  • Como Reconocer y Reportar el Abuso Hacia Menores – culturally-appropriate child protection curriculum produced entirely in Spanish 
  • Parent/Child Curriculum Package – for use in schools or other child serving organizations who want to engage parents in the active protection of their children; this package is combined with a short video for school counselors or other leaders to use to help educate children in their care. 

For more information on curriculum packages, please visit trainingcenter.net

Organizational Use 

Whether you have an hour to host your own training or want to send your workforce online to train at their own pace, DCAC can help. Our training packages are reasonably priced for organizational-level use, provide high value content, and offer significant training flexibility for child-serving organizations. Curriculum packages include video, a program guide and a year of complimentary online access to the courses purchased. Online access includes the ability for organizations to invite up to 250 employees and/or volunteers to train online, including testing and automated certificate generation. Larger organizations may purchase access for additional users or may ask about opportunities to co-brand DCAC's curriculum products. Learn more by contacting us

Individual Use

Parents or other individuals may purchase a one-time online course which also includes testing and certificate generation. Parents may be especially interested in accessing DCAC's Parent/Child Curriculum Package to help raise their level of awareness and to prepare for a conversation with their child/children. Each individual online course is available for 10 days. Parents who prefer to own a copy of the DVD for this course may contact us for special pricing.

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