Victim Advocacy Training
Victim Advocacy in the Child Advocacy Center
An investigation of child abuse and possible legal proceedings are stressful for child victims and their families. As the criminal justice system was designed for adults, it can be a confusing, frightening and frustrating experience for a child and their family. Professionals have expressed concern that a child may experience secondary trauma from the very process originally intended to be helpful and protective.
Victim Advocates are uniquely positioned to provide information and support to children and families who often have a host of concerns and needs during the legal process. Victim advocates provide crisis intervention, education about the investigation and criminal justice process, ongoing support and help to connect families with resources.
This training is designed for Victim Advocates who are working with children and families within a Child Advocacy Center setting and focuses on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for this important job. The training will include foundational sessions on understanding the criminal justice system, dynamics of child abuse, crisis development and resolution, effective listening techniques, the impact of trauma on a child, the rights of crime victims, cultural considerations and intervention strategies. All foundational sessions are presented by experienced professionals currently working in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention at the National Children's Advocacy Center.
Who Should Attend?This training is specifically designed for Victim Advocates working in a Children's Advocacy Center who have two or less years of experience.
Seats in this training are intended for professionals currently working as part of an investigative agency, a multidisciplinary team (MDT), or a children’s advocacy center (CAC). If any seats are available, then others may attend the training. The NCAC reserves the right to refund the registration of anyone who is not currently working as part of an investigative agency, a MDT, or CAC, to ensure that currently practicing professionals receive the training they need.
International Training ParticipantsThe NCAC is often requested to provide a letter of invitation to prospective attendees from international countries. In order to provide this letter of invitation, the NCAC requires specific documentation from the prospective attendee. List of requirements.
LengthTraining is 3 full days.
Victim Advocacy Training will include:
- Introduction to victim advocacy
- Dynamics of child abuse
- Crisis development, intervention, and resolution
- Trauma, grief, and secondary trauma
- Effective collaboration with the multidisciplinary team
- Support and advocacy for caretakers
- Cultural considerations
- Crisis intervention
- Court preparation
- Facilitation of caregiver education/support groups.
- Linda Cordisco Steele, M.Ed, LPC, Senior Trainer and Curriculum Chair, National Children's Advocacy Center
- Kim Madden, M.Ed, LPC, Trainer/Child Forensic Interview Specialist, National Childres Advocacy Center
- Paula Wolfteich, LGSW, Intervention Director, Outreach Coordinator, Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center
- Karen Hangartner, Outreach Coordinator, Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center
- Jana Thomas, MSW, Family Advocate, National Children's Advocacy Center
- Tim Doulhit, JD, Assistant District Attorney, Madison County District Attorney's Office
February 23-25, 2016, Huntsville, AL (class complete)
October 12-14, 2016, Huntsville, AL