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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

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



Training Type: Lecture Series
September 26-27, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 daily 

This course is designed to show officers and prosecutors how to draft affidavits and search warrants that will meet any attack from the defense in a Motion to Suppress. The instructors walk the students through the entire process of gathering sufficient probable cause, articulating that probable cause in a search warrant affidavit, and insuring that the search warrant authorizes the officer to search and seize all contraband and evidence relevant to the investigation. Common and not-so-common mistakes are discussed, and the students are given various affidavits and search warrants for their review to see if they can spot mistakes and potential challenges. Solutions are then provided which show how to properly write the affidavit and search warrant in the various scenarios. Each student will receive a 40+ page paper titled “How to Write a Search Warrant” that covers all the essentials to drafting a legally sound affidavit and search warrant. Ultimately, prosecutors and law enforcement will gain confidence and expertise in writing search warrants and defending their affidavits in court. The instructors will task participants with writing a search warrant before the conclusion of day 1—participants will then receive feedback on their search warrant the following day. Due to the interactive nature of this training, class size will be extremely limited. 

Lindsey Roberts: Having served fifteen years as a prosecutor in Dallas and Williamson Counties and five years as the Director of Training for the Texas District & County Attorneys Association, Roberts is able to provide critical insight in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of cases. Lindsey completed his prosecutorial career as the First Assistant District Attorney in Williamson County, Texas and brings with him a unique blend of trial and appellate expertise. 

L.E. “Ted” Wilson: A retired Chief of the Special Crimes Bureau at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office with 34 years of experience, Wilson is a veteran lecturer to law enforcement on search and seizure related issues. He is the co-author of Warrants Manual for Arrest, Search and Seizure, a basic “how to” guide through the often-confusing world to search and seizure with a warrant. 

Registration will be opened through an invitation-only process.

DCAC Internal Training


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 

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Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to DCAC staff and official MDT partners only**

 The information we can gather from a child can sometimes be the most critical piece of evidence in an investigation, but it can also be what draws more attacks from defense attorneys in the courtroom. It's for this reason that it is critical to have well trained neutral third-party professionals gather information from children in a non-leading and legally-defensible manner. There really is a purpose to everything the interviewers do and say when talking with a child. This course is designed to give participants an in-depth view into the field of forensic interviewing. This course is not intended to teach participants to conduct forensic interviews, but rather to help them better understand the process and the role it plays in the criminal and civil investigation as well as the laws and relevant research that guides best practice. The goal is to have MDT members armed with information to help them work seamlessly with the forensic interview team by knowing the limits of what can be asked and what children should be expected to answer. Topics will include a history of the evolution of forensic interviewing, protocol, legalities and limitations, child development, memory and suggestibility, and video clips. 

9:00 am – 1:00pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm 
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Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to DCAC staff and official MDT partners only**

In a perfect world, every child abuse investigation would be easy to investigate and could be presented without imperfection on a silver platter to the district attorney's office for prosecution. From there, each case would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law without the child having to ever see the inside of the courtroom, juries would always do the right thing, and offenders would get their sentence and never again hurt a child. Unfortunately, that is not the reality. 

Child sexual abuse cases are some of the hardest cases to investigate and prosecute. It is most often a crime of secrecy, isolation, manipulation, and extreme pre-meditation. The emotional effects of sexual abuse last far longer than the physical act and can affect victims for their entire life. This training will discuss all the complicated dynamics of sexual abuse and how they affect whether or not children will disclose, when they disclose, and how they disclose. Participants will be armed with information that will help them evaluate children's statements and make case decisions that both protect children and seek justice for offenders. 

Topics include:
Part 1: Basic Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse and the Process of Disclosure
Part 2: Grooming Behavior and Its Effect on Disclosures
Part 3: Compliant Victims
Part 4: Recantation: When a Child Takes It Back
Part 5: Traumatic Effects and Treatment of Child Abuse 

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to DCAC staff and official MDT partners only**

For many years domestic violence and child abuse have been investigated, treated and prosecuted in silos. 

The truth is that at DCAC we are finding that 40% of client’s safe caregivers have experienced domestic violence. It is time to break the silos. This workshop will cover basic dynamics of domestic violence and child abuse and the overlap of both. The correlation of the similarities in the characteristics of the crime, characteristics of the offender, disclosure process and patterns, victim grooming, recantation and compliant victim characteristic to those that also exist in domestic violence. Attendees will be able to identify multiple similarities between these two types of offenders. 

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Registration will open on January 9, 2019.
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DCAC 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. 

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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:!


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

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.