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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 Lana Ahrens at lahrens@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.

Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking – From the Investigation to the Prosecution  

Training Type: Lecture Series
Presented by: DPD High Risk Victim Squad and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
Restricted for Law Enforcement Only

January 14, 2020 
8:00am – 12:00pm
Breakfast will be provided

TO REGISTER:  http://www.cvent.com/d/9hq3cf/4W


Engaging with Child Sex Trafficking Victims

Training Type: Lecture Series
Presented by: DPD High Risk Victim Squad and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

January 14, 2020
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Heavy snacks will be provided

TO REGISTER: http://www.cvent.com/d/vhq3cf/4W


Microaggression 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.

Teresita 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.

FEBRUARY

Criminal Connections: Child Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse  

Training Type: Lecture Series 

Cost to Attend: $395
Hosted By: NCJTC

February 24-25, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Lunch will be served at 11:30 daily.

Restricted for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Social Workers

Explore investigative strategies that address the relationship between child sexual abuse and child pornography to supplement an investigation and corroborate victim statements. Gather the right tools and resources to investigate sexual abuse cases and produce the most comprehensive case outcomes. During this training, you will learn about the trauma experienced when child sexual abuse cases involve child pornography.

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:
• Understand current child pornography trends
• Apply research discussing the relationship between contact offenses and child pornography
• Consider current legal issues relating to child pornography and child sexual abuse cases
• Leverage interview and interrogation techniques that maximize evidence discovery in sexual abuse cases
• Understand ICAC task force’s role in investigating child pornography
• Consider opportunities to enhance investigations through multi-disciplinary investigative strategies

To register, visit: https://ncjtc.fvtc.edu/training/details/TR00007102/TRI0009777/criminal-connections-child-pornography-sexual-abuse

Components for Enhancing Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT)    

Training Type: Lecture Series
 February 27, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
*Lunch will be provided 

CE-CERT consists of five developmental skills that can be cultivated to maintain emotion regulation of practitioners during helping sessions with persons who may be dealing with difficult circumstances. The aim of the skill development is to improve emotion regulation and to increase the meaningfulness of the job and satisfaction in the vocation. The five skill domains are:

  • Increasing experiential engagement
  • Reducing ruminations
  • Easing emotional labor
  • Development of an intentional narrative
  • Parasympathetic recovery

CE-CERT is both a practice model and a supervision approach. Implementation and skill development occur through a combination of training and on-going supervisory coaching.

Brian Miller is the Director of Children’s Behavioral Health at Primary Children’s Wasatch Campus In Salt Lake City, Utah. Until recently, he directed the Trauma Program for Families with Young Children at The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, a community mental health center serving preschool age children and their families. Dr. Miller has worked in a broad variety of treatment and mental health policy settings, including serving as the Salt Lake County Mental Health Director, Clinical Director of Davis Behavioral Health, Associate Director of the Utah State Division of Mental Health, and as a psychotherapist in private practice. He consults with behavioral health agencies on implementation of evidence-based practices, transforming practice to trauma informed care, and organizational supports for secondary traumatic stress in treatment providers. He holds a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a Mandel Leadership Fellow. He currently serves as board president for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Utah Chapter, and on the board of the Polizzi Clinic, a free clinic for behavioral health services in Salt Lake City.

TO REGISTER:  http://www.cvent.com/d/vhqxpz

CE-CERT Supervisors Training      

Training Type: Lecture Series
Invitation Only
 February 28, 2020
8:30am – 12:30pm
Breakfast will be provided

CE-CERT consists of five developmental skills that can be cultivated to maintain emotion regulation of practitioners during helping sessions with persons who may be dealing with difficult circumstances. The aim of the skill development is to improve emotion regulation and to increase the meaningfulness of the job and satisfaction in the vocation. The five skill domains are:

  • Increasing experiential engagement
  • Reducing ruminations
  • Easing emotional labor
  • Development of an intentional narrative
  • Parasympathetic recovery

CE-CERT is both a practice model and a supervision approach. Implementation and skill development occur through a combination of training and on-going supervisory coaching.

Brian Miller is the Director of Children’s Behavioral Health at Primary Children’s Wasatch Campus In Salt Lake City, Utah. Until recently, he directed the Trauma Program for Families with Young Children at The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, a community mental health center serving preschool age children and their families. Dr. Miller has worked in a broad variety of treatment and mental health policy settings, including serving as the Salt Lake County Mental Health Director, Clinical Director of Davis Behavioral Health, Associate Director of the Utah State Division of Mental Health, and as a psychotherapist in private practice. He consults with behavioral health agencies on implementation of evidence-based practices, transforming practice to trauma informed care, and organizational supports for secondary traumatic stress in treatment providers. He holds a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a Mandel Leadership Fellow. He currently serves as board president for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Utah Chapter, and on the board of the Polizzi Clinic, a free clinic for behavioral health services in Salt Lake City.

TO REGISTER:  http://www.cvent.com/d/vhqxpr

Deadline to Register: January 22, 2020.

MARCH - COMING SOON

APRIL 

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Program   

Training Type: Lecture Series 
Restricted for Law Enforcement ONLY 
April 20-24, 2020
8:00am – 5:00pm
Lunch will be provided

With increasing frequency, law enforcement is being called upon to respond to individuals in serious mental health crises. It is necessary for law enforcement personnel to understand mental illness, and the tactics and techniques that have been proven to work most effectively when responding to individuals in these situations. These tactics and techniques are different than those routinely taught to officers to manage conflict. Generally, the underlying elements behind mental illness-related behavior is usually not criminal or malicious. Utilizing the information from this course, and implementing effective strategies can help keep the officer safe, keep the public safe, and greatly reduce civil liability. Unless completed in the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement’s (TCOLE’s) Basic Police Officer Curriculum, this course is a required course to be completed no later than the second anniversary of the date the officer is licensed or the date an officer applies for an intermediate proficiency certificate, whichever date is earlier. The begin date to satisfy this requirement is April 1, 2018. This course is required to obtain TCOLE’s Intermediate and Advanced Peace Officer Proficiency Certifications. 

Sam Hanson is a passionate leader and trainer in the public safety community. Mr. Hanson is the founder and principal of Sam Hanson Group, and has over a decade of public safety operator, research and development, teaching, and consulting experience. Mr. Hanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Public Safety Executive Leadership, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Studies, and doctoral-related work in Psychology. Mr. Hanson holds a Master Peace Officer certification (in the State of Texas), a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Instructor certification (Basic and Advanced), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Having served with a large metropolitan law enforcement organization, Mr. Hanson has fulfilled both uniformed, covert, and administrative assignments. Mr. Hanson has served as a field training officer, fugitive apprehension operator, community engagement officer, training and personnel development coordinator, research and curriculum development administrator, and behavioral science/mental health coordinator. Additionally, Mr. Hanson serves as faculty with the Caruth Police Institute (University of North Texas at Dallas) and continues to serve as a college professor teaching both criminal justice and psychology courses. Mr. Hanson continues to serve as a leader in numerous other public safety related projects. 

TO REGISTER: http://www.cvent.com/d/whqxv7


Mental Health Officer Certification Program    

Training Type: Lecture Series
Restricted for Law Enforcement ONLY
April 20 – 24, 2020
8:00am – 5:00pm
Lunch will be provided 

With increasing frequency, law enforcement is being called upon to respond to individuals in serious mental health crises. It is necessary for law enforcement personnel to understand mental illness, and the tactics and techniques that have been proven to work most effectively when responding to individuals in these situations. These tactics and techniques are different than those routinely taught to officers to manage conflict. Generally, the underlying elements behind mental illness-related behavior is usually not criminal or malicious. Utilizing the information from this course, and implementing effective strategies can help keep the officer safe, keep the public safe, and greatly reduce civil liability. This course is required to obtain the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement’s (TCOLE’s) Mental Health Officer Certification.

Sam Hanson is a passionate leader and trainer in the public safety community. Mr. Hanson is the founder and principal of Sam Hanson Group, and has over a decade of public safety operator, research and development, teaching, and consulting experience. Mr. Hanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Public Safety Executive Leadership, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Studies, and doctoral-related work in Psychology. Mr. Hanson holds a Master Peace Officer certification (in the State of Texas), a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Instructor certification (Basic and Advanced), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Having served with a large metropolitan law enforcement organization, Mr. Hanson has fulfilled both uniformed, covert, and administrative assignments. Mr. Hanson has served as a field training officer, fugitive apprehension operator, community engagement officer, training and personnel development coordinator, research and curriculum development administrator, and behavioral science/mental health coordinator. Additionally, Mr. Hanson serves as faculty with the Caruth Police Institute (University of North Texas at Dallas) and continues to serve as a college professor teaching both criminal justice and psychology courses. Mr. Hanson continues to serve as a leader in numerous other public safety related projects.

TO REGISTER: http://www.cvent.com/d/6hqxv2

Interviewing and Interrogation  

Training Type: Lecture Series
 April 27th, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Lunch will be provided

Attendance is limited to professionals working with child victims of crime.

In child abuse investigations, interviewees may include: victims, caretakers, siblings, neighbors, medical personnel and more. Confrontational interrogations refer to the suspected offender and will focus on the “Why” instead of the “If”. Students will learn via lecture, experiential learning, case studies and practice.

As a member of the San Diego Police Department’s Child Abuse Team in (1981), Phylip Peltier was frustrated when he encountered his first burn case, and found no practical methods in place for determining whether the case was accidental or non-accidental.
Out of that frustration, and after inquiring of doctors, prosecutors, defense attorneys, child abuse investigators, and social services, through a trial and error basis, Peltier developed the immersion burn worksheet to help investigators and the blue dye demonstration for which he is known.

Phyl has taught throughout the United States, Canada, and England. He has taught for international organizations in the United States and Canada such as The International Coroners and ME's Association and The International Forensic Nurses Assn in Montreal. He has also qualified as an expert witness on burn injuries in several courts, including the (Queen’s Court ) in Australia. Phyl’s expertise is not limited to burn injuries, however. He also teaches investigative techniques on the broad spectrum of child abuse, bites, and fingerprints, demonstrative evidence, interview & interrogation and many other investigative categories.

Phyl has testified as an expert witness in suspicious burn injuries in criminal prosecutions. An instructor in the investigation of child abuse, as well as suspicious burn injuries, since 1981, Phyl received the Excellence in Instruction Award from the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation for 1999-2000 and again in 2005-2006.

To Register:  http://www.cvent.com/d/4hq16g

Physical Abuse Investigations  

Training Type: Lecture Series
April 28th, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Lunch will be provided

Attendance is limited to professionals working with child victims of crime.

This 6-hour day will cover various types of physical abuse, including bruising, bite marks, suspicious burns, neglect, failure to thrive, shaken baby and more. During the presentation, students will learn crime scene procedures, evidence collection, photography, court demonstrative evidence, typology, symptomology, determination of intentional vs. accidental injury and so much more. The class is taught via lecture, experiential learning, case studies and practice.

As a member of the San Diego Police Department’s Child Abuse Team in (1981), Phylip Peltier was frustrated when he encountered his first burn case, and found no practical methods in place for determining whether the case was accidental or non-accidental.
Out of that frustration, and after inquiring of doctors, prosecutors, defense attorneys, child abuse investigators, and social services, through a trial and error basis, Peltier developed the immersion burn worksheet to help investigators and the blue dye demonstration for which he is known.

Phyl has taught throughout the United States, Canada, and England. He has taught for international organizations in the United States and Canada such as The International Coroners and ME's Association and The International Forensic Nurses Assn in Montreal. He has also qualified as an expert witness on burn injuries in several courts, including the (Queen’s Court ) in Australia. Phyl’s expertise is not limited to burn injuries, however. He also teaches investigative techniques on the broad spectrum of child abuse, bites, and fingerprints, demonstrative evidence, interview & interrogation and many other investigative categories.

Phyl has testified as an expert witness in suspicious burn injuries in criminal prosecutions. An instructor in the investigation of child abuse, as well as suspicious burn injuries, since 1981, Phyl received the Excellence in Instruction Award from the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation for 1999-2000 and again in 2005-2006.

To Register:  http://www.cvent.com/d/phq1y9

MAY

Recognize, Respond, Reclaim, and Report Victims of Human Trafficking Training

Type: Lecture Series
Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime 

May 8, 2020 8:00am – 12:00pm
Breakfast will be provided 

In this 3-hour day, trainees will learn the definition of human trafficking, common misconceptions, how to recognize the physical & psychological signs of human trafficking, know how to respond using trauma informed care, and appropriately report utilizing customized protocols. 

Candace Rich is a North Texas native who has worked in the DFW hospital systems for the last 13 years; the last 6 years in pediatric medicine as a Nurse Practitioner. After learning about the high incidences of human trafficking victims that have contact with healthcare professionals and the lack of knowledge and preparedness to respond, Reclaim611 was born. She believes it is healthcare professionals and hospital systems due diligence to be educated and have the proper protocol in place to respond to our most vulnerable and unseen victims. Reclaim611 exists to fill this gap and unite front-line providers. 

Carrie Taylor is a wife, mother of 2 sweet girls, Registered Nurse, abolitionist and a co-founder of Reclaim611. She has over 13 years of healthcare experience as a Registered Nurse. Although she loves caring for herpatients and serving them as a bedside nurse, she became acutely aware of an undiagnosed need within the healthcare system. Staggering statistics regarding human trafficking victims and healthcare providers led her to step into the fight to end human trafficking. She now spends her days working to further this cause and can often be found at conferences and events, or just about any forum for public speaking that will allow her to drive awareness around this global epidemic. 

Carrie Schirato is a wife, a mother of four, and a Nurse Practitioner. For the past 13 years she has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the emergency room and trauma center. Her favorite thing about emergency medicine is variety; in any given shift there may be an opportunity to save a life, perform an emergent procedure, empathize with the hurting, encourage those who are broken in spirit, advocate for the needy, make someone laugh through their fears, mourn with the grieving, and look into the eyes of another human being to see if there is something they are telling me that they may not be able to express. In 2017, she co-founded an anti-human trafficking non-profit organization called Reclaim611, with two of her long-time friends and colleagues. They each carry their own experiences with the recollection of possible missed victims, however through proper education, training and protocol implementation, share victories of now “seeing” victims. 

TO REGISTER: http://www.cvent.com/d/3hqxvf 

Impact of Childhood Trauma Training

Type: Lecture Series
 Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime 

May 14, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm

Lunch will be provided This workshop will provide state-of-the-art information on traumatic impact on young children. In particular, the child’s idiosyncratic experience will be highlighted, as well as the creative and unique defensive mechanisms they employ — defenses that are useful during traumatic events, and can become problematic later on. Children’s art work will be shown to clarify the profound impact of relational complex trauma on children’s sense of integrity, identity, and internal world views. Finally, information will be provided on consensus areas about how to best help children address traumatic impact in therapy, including a community response that consistently reinforces safety and trust, and trauma-informed responses. Eliana Gil continues her life-long commitment to training and education by sharing what she has learned and offering meaningful training opportunities. Over the years of being a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, she has found it rewarding to stimulate interest in a range of relevant topics such as working with traumatized children, play therapy and post-traumatic play, family play therapy, relational treatments, among others. In addition, over the course of a long career, several assessment and treatment models have emerged in the context of varied clinical settings and with the assistance of talented colleagues. She looks forward to continuing to share information in a relaxed and nurturing teaching environment and will also provide opportunities for colleagues to present on their areas of expertise. 

TO REGISTER: http://www.cvent.com/d/qhqsq0

Deep Dive into Building a Family Advocate Program   

Training Type: Lecture Series
May 4, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm
Lunch will be provided

 

Family Advocate programs are growing and building a significant role within the CAC world. Come learn how the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center has grown their program from one family advocate to 17 in six years. Explore how DCAC has adapted and expanded to meet the needs of the changing population of individuals and families served.

Mindy Jackson serves as the Director of Support Services for the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. She has worked in client serving organizations for twenty years. Mindy served as a children's coordinator in the domestic violence field in Tarrant County for ten years until she transitioned to the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center where she has been the Director of Support Services for seven years. As the director, she supervises two assistant directors, family advocates, on-cal crisis workers, and administrative staff. Her team has grown from three to twenty-three staff members over the course of five years, and Mindy has had to navigate the significant growth of her program and the challenges and opportunities it has presented. She has also provided consulting to other CAC's across the United States.

TO REGISTER:  http://www.cvent.com/d/yhqcy4

JUNE

Ethics for Licensed Professionals Working in Children’s Services
Training Type: Lecture Series 
June 12, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lunch will be provided.

Registration is limited to licensed professionals working in child serving organizations.

This 6 hour course is especially designed for Licensed Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Chemical Dependency Counselors. The course will review codes of ethics, codes of conduct, the new BHEC (umbrella licensing agency effective September 1, 2020). Ethical situations and examples will be discussed in an interactive training setting. There will be Q and A time for participants as well as practical resources to ethically deal with dilemmas that occur when working with children involved with protective services, abuse and neglect issues, and related child services. Come prepared to discuss ethical issues you face!

Miriam Nisenbaum is a graduate of UT Austin and received her B.A. in Government with a minor in Social Work. She received an M.S.S.W. from UT Arlington. She holds a Texas license as a Master level social worker and is nationally accredited by the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She has worked in Child Protective Services as a child placement worker, in Dallas, Texas, in the first ever sexual abuse unit in the state. She has held positions at the YWCA, A Private Non-Profit Child Abuse Prevention Agency, Dallas County Health and Human Services, St. Paul Medical Center, National Medical Enterprises, Interventions/Cornell Corrections, Goodwill Industries, Easter Seals, NAMI, NASW/TX, and an organization promoting diversity, Honoring of Peoples Everywhere, all in Dallas, Texas. These positions were supervisory or executive management. Currently she is on faculty at Texas State University, School of Social Work in the field department. Through her company, Nisenbaum and Associates, which she has operated since 1995, she provides training and consultation to a variety of non-profits throughout the United States. She is currently writing a chapter for a soon to be published book on advocacy and public policy.

She has served on numerous committees, coalitions and professional groups as a member and officer. She co-founded the Texas Association of Community Rehabilitation Providers. She has through her positions and consulting activities, developed and taught the curriculum to provide the necessary coursework for those individuals seeking designation as an LCDC. Other areas of expertise are grant writing, strategic planning, board relations, needs assessments, program design/execution, billing and reimbursements, public policy, advocacy, human resources, and licensing and accreditations have been areas of expertise highlighted in her career with other organizations as well as in her consulting business.

To register, visit: http://www.cvent.com/d/8hqqvy

JULY

Engaging with Caregivers After the Forensic Interview

Training Type: Lecture Series
July 21, 2020
9:00am – 12:00pm
Breakfast will be provided

Once the forensic interview is over, and families are attempting to find a new norm, caregivers are faced with many challenges, heartbreak, grief, financial stress, and many additional challenges. How can Family Advocates move towards our families? We have all been faced with a non-believing caregiver. How do we support them? Meanwhile, we don't want to forget about our supportive, believing caregivers. Join us for a half-day workshop on parent engagement, challenges, and creative ways to help families move towards hope and healing.

Mindy Jackson serves as the Director of Support Services for the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. She has worked in client serving organizations for twenty years. Mindy served as a children's coordinator in the domestic violence field in Tarrant County for ten years until she transitioned to the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center where she has been the Director of Support Services for seven years. As the director, she supervises two assistant directors, family advocates, on-cal crisis workers, and administrative staff. Her team has grown from three to twenty-three staff members over the course of five years, and Mindy has had to navigate the significant growth of her program and the challenges and opportunities it has presented. She has also provided consulting to other CAC's across the United States.

TO REGISTER:  http://www.cvent.com/d/khq3wr

DCAC Internal Training

DCAC INTERNAL TRAINING 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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