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  • CSEC Webinar Series - Building Resiliency for Multidisciplinary Team Members working with Exploited and Abused Children

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 12/04/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Join Michelle Mullen, Training Specialist from Northeast Regional CAC and John Pizzuro, Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to discuss the impact of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue on MDT members.

    This webinar will address the impact of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue on multidisciplinary team members working in the child abuse field and CSEC cases.  The emphasis will be to (1) Identify signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue; (2) Discuss strategies to strengthen individual resilience; (3) Highlight organizational strategies.

    John Pizzuro

    Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

    John Pizzuro has 24 years, experience from the New Jersey State Police and in that role is The Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition, to running a task force and overseeing 70 affiliate law enforcement agencies. John Pizzuro has successfully investigated, managed and supervised; Internet Crimes against Children, child exploitation, fraud involving non-profit and financial institutions, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, organized crime, racketeering, homicide, terrorism, international narcotics and human trafficking.

    As a result this extensive investigative experience has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public. 

    John Pizzuro is certified as a Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training. He frequently speaks to organizations and audiences on the stress that impacts the law enforcement community. John Pizzuro teaches about personal development, leadership, technology, communication and high impact performance. He inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences to transform their lives by altering their thinking.

    Michele Mullen

    Training Specialist

    Michele Mullen, LCSW is a Training Specialist with the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Michele provides training and technical assistance to developing and established CACs and MDTs in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Michele joined NRCAC in September 2014 after 17 years with Norfolk Advocates for Children, a child advocacy center in partnership with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. In addition to CSEC Training, Michele provides training on Multidisciplinary Team Development, Victim Advocacy, Vicarious Trauma, and National Children's Alliance Standards for Accreditation. 

  • CSEC Webinar Series - Youth-Produced Imagery: Trends & Response

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/05/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Join the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as they discuss current trends in youth-produced imagery.

    The New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force will discuss the current trends law enforcement is seeing in youth-produced imagery including victim demographics and methods offenders are using to entice children.  The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) will share new initiatives and assistance for victims of child sexual exploitation images and videos. NCMEC and partners are bridging the gap for victims — bringing technology and industry together to help remove these images from circulation online and change the narrative on the nature of the distribution of exploitation imagery.

    John Pizzuro

    Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

    John Pizzuro has 24 years, experience from the New Jersey State Police and in that role is The Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition, to running a task force and overseeing 70 affiliate law enforcement agencies. John Pizzuro has successfully investigated, managed and supervised; Internet Crimes against Children, child exploitation, fraud involving non-profit and financial institutions, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, organized crime, racketeering, homicide, terrorism, international narcotics and human trafficking.

    As a result this extensive investigative experience has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public. 

    John Pizzuro is certified as a Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training. He frequently speaks to organizations and audiences on the stress that impacts the law enforcement community. John Pizzuro teaches about personal development, leadership, technology, communication and high impact performance. He inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences to transform their lives by altering their thinking.

    John Pizzuro

    Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

    John Pizzuro has 24 years, experience from the New Jersey State Police and in that role is The Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition, to running a task force and overseeing 70 affiliate law enforcement agencies. John Pizzuro has successfully investigated, managed and supervised; Internet Crimes against Children, child exploitation, fraud involving non-profit and financial institutions, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, organized crime, racketeering, homicide, terrorism, international narcotics and human trafficking.

    As a result this extensive investigative experience has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public. 

    John Pizzuro is certified as a Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training. He frequently speaks to organizations and audiences on the stress that impacts the law enforcement community. John Pizzuro teaches about personal development, leadership, technology, communication and high impact performance. He inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences to transform their lives by altering their thinking.

    Kathryn Rifenbark

    Exploited Victim Project Specialist, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    Kathryn Rifenbark is an Exploited Victim Project Specialist in the Exploited Children Division (ECD) at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Virginia.  She has been with NCMEC since 2010, where has held several roles including ECD analyst and supervisor.  In her current position, Ms. Rifenbark is responsible for enhancing NCMEC’s efforts to improve resources for victims of child sexual abuse imagery by liaising with law enforcement, victim service providers, and child serving professionals.

    Kathryn Rifenbark

    Exploited Victim Project Specialist, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    Kathryn Rifenbark is an Exploited Victim Project Specialist in the Exploited Children Division (ECD) at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Virginia.  She has been with NCMEC since 2010, where has held several roles including ECD analyst and supervisor.  In her current position, Ms. Rifenbark is responsible for enhancing NCMEC’s efforts to improve resources for victims of child sexual abuse imagery by liaising with law enforcement, victim service providers, and child serving professionals.

  • Engaging Families with Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Mental Health Services - Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 10/23/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will aim to focus on common barriers that present for families in their attempts to engage in therapeutic services.

    Successful completion of mental health treatment is closely associated with caregiver participation in treatment (McPherson, et al., 2012). However, less than 50% of families who are scheduled to participate in therapy services attend their first appointment (Harrison, et al., 2004). This webinar will focus on common barriers families face. The research of McKay, et al. related to caregiver engagement will be discussed and applied to the CAC setting, with a focus on families with youth with problematic sexual behaviors.


    Amanda Mitten, MA, LPC

    Approved National Trainer: PSB-CBT and CE-CERT models, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

    Dionna Weixel, M.S.

    LMFT Candidate, Child Development Specialist, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

    Carrie Jenkins, LPC (Moderator)

    Co-Chair of the Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors Collaborative Workgroup, Sub-Specialty Leader, Sexual Behavior Problem Program at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, Charleston, SC

    Jane F. Silovsky, PhD (Moderator)

    Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and Director of Research, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

    Jane F. Silovsky, PhD, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). She serves as the Associate Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN). Since 1996, she has been the Director of the Children with Sexual Behavior Problems program, an assessment, treatment, and research program for preschool and school age children with problematic sexual behavior. She is a licensed psychologist and actively provides treatment and supervision weekly for treatment groups serving these youth with PSB; these youth and their families are diverse and have a variety of needs such as reunification, trauma exposure, and other behavior problems. Dr. Silovsky is one of the primary developers of the Honoring Children, Respectful Ways: Treatment for Native American Children with Sexual Behavior Problems training and treatment manuals, which is a cultural adaptation of the treatment for children with sexual behavior problems (SBP) through the Indian Country Child Trauma Center (ICCTC; previously funded through SAMHSA). Dr. Silovsky has worked with several organizations to publish materials for dissemination to assist families and professionals who work with youth that have SBP. She authored fact sheets on sexual development and research related to children with SBP for the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY), National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and ICCTC. She also authored a publication for SaferSociety Press designed to help parents and caregivers of children with SBP: Taking Action: Support for Families of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. Since 2010, Dr. Silovsky has been directing the T/TA activities for three OJJDP awards for fourteen sites who have been implementing collaborative community- and evidence-based interventions for families of youth with PSB and child victims.

    Michelle Miller, PhD, LCSW (Moderator)

    Project Coordinator for Mental Health Initiatives, National Children’s Alliance

  • Getting Started on NCA Engage - Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/10/2019

    Join this live webinar event to learn about our new learning platform and how to navigate NCA Engage like a pro!

    Join this live webinar event to learn about our new learning platform and how to navigate NCA Engage like a pro!

    Nicole Wilbon (Moderator)

    Training Coordinator

    Sarah Coker-Robinson (Moderator)

    Membership Program Associate

  • Enhance Early Engagement (E3) Training Informational Webinar

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/26/2019

    Are you interested in applying got the Enhance Early Engagement (E3) Training For CAC Victim Advocates? Please register to join the informational Q&A webinar.

    Enhancing early engagement of families in mental health assessment and EBP is a priority for CAC leaders through NCA. To address this need, NCA is partnering with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) on a new training initiative, Enhance Early Engagement Training for CAC Victim Advocates, or E3. E3 aims to increase the proportion of children and their caregivers served by CACs who engage in mental health services.

    Michelle Miller, PhD, LCSW (Moderator)

    Project Coordinator for Mental Health Initiatives, National Children’s Alliance

  • Getting to Know NCA's Accreditation Standards

    Contains 5 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/24/2019

    We want your CAC to be successful with accreditation! In this webinar series, the NCA Accreditation team will review common struggles with the components, and discuss common strategies.

    We want your CAC to be successful with accreditation! In this webinar series, the NCA Accreditation team will review common struggles with the components, and discuss common strategies. 

    Alyson McKenzie

    Accreditation Coordinator

    Dave Betz

    Deputy Director of Operations

  • Support for Military Families - NCA Initiatives and Funding Opportunities - Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/26/2019

    NCA’s Grants team and our military coordinator as well as two current grant award winners will talk about the funding stream, winning grant projects, NCA’s CAC-Military Partnership Collaborative Work Group, and our work in support of provision of these services.

    NCA’s Grants team and our military coordinator as well as two current grant award winners will talk about the funding stream, winning grant projects, NCA’s CAC-Military Partnership Collaborative Work Group, and our work in support of provision of these services.

    Heather Provencher

    Coordinator for Services to Military Families

    Irina

    Hein

    Asia Atkins

    Program Associate

    Deshunda Mitchell

    CAC of Pierce County

    Jackie Simmons

  • Evidence-Based Assessment - Introduction

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The Evidence-Based Assessment training modules will train clinicians on the use of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC), the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC), the Child Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI) and the Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen (CATS; event portion).

    Clinicians will be trained in the use of standardized assessments to inform the delivery of mental health services to abused and/or traumatized children. The Evidence-Based Assessment training modules will train clinicians on the use of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC), the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC), the Child Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI) and the Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen (CATS; event portion).  NOTE:  After completing the training modules, there will be a consultation phase focusing on assessments of actual clients completed by learners.  Both are required since this is a skill development training, and skills are not acquired well via lecture only.

    Minimum requirements to participate in the Evidence-Based Assessment Training Include:

    A. Licensed or have a graduate degree in a mental health discipline allowing for licensure in your state 

    B. Training in an Evidence-Based Treatment model

    C. Providing mental health treatment to children

    If you are interested in participating in the Evidence-Based Assessment training, please contact Michelle Miller, PhD, LCSW, Coordinator for Mental Health Initiatives at mmiller@nca-online.org.  

    If you are registered to participate in the training please select Dashboard on the navigation bar to view the course. 

  • Youth With Problematic Sexual Behaviors

    Contains 13 Component(s)

    As Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) continue to evolve in their engagement with children, families, and communities, the question of how to address youth with problematic sexual behaviors has come to the forefront. National Children’s Alliance (NCA) believes that CACs are well-suited to effectively serve communities in the response to problematic sexual behaviors. NCA created this online training resource to provide CACs with the tools to get started in providing a robust community-based response that will not only help keep children and families safe and healthy, but will also create opportunities to improve multidisciplinary team function and for CACs to position themselves as leaders nationwide on an often difficult and complex topic. This course will provide an overview of youth with problematic sexual behaviors, discuss the CAC coordinated response, present the characteristics of evidence-based mental health treatment for problematic sexual behaviors, and provide guidance on engaging community stakeholders. It aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about youth with problematic sexual behaviors and to help CACs understand that they can and should serve this population.

    As Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) continue to evolve in their engagement with children, families, and communities, the question of how to address youth with problematic sexual behaviors has come to the forefront. National Children’s Alliance (NCA) believes that CACs are well-suited to effectively serve communities in the response to problematic sexual behaviors. NCA created this online training resource to provide CACs with the tools to get started in providing a robust community-based response that will not only help keep children and families safe and healthy, but will also create opportunities to improve multidisciplinary team function and for CACs to position themselves as leaders nationwide on an often difficult and complex topic. This course will provide an overview of youth with problematic sexual behaviors, discuss the CAC coordinated response, present the characteristics of evidence-based mental health treatment for problematic sexual behaviors, and provide guidance on engaging community stakeholders. It aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about youth with problematic sexual behaviors and to help CACs understand that they can and should serve this population.

  • Accreditation Bootcamp – 2017 EDITION

    Contains 46 Component(s)

    Accreditation Bootcamp is designed to provide an overview of the accreditation process, provide participants with a framework for developing their application, and help them understand what to expect during a site visit.

    Accreditation Bootcamp is designed to provide an overview of the accreditation process, provide participants with a framework for developing their application, and help them understand what to expect during a site visit. 

    Topics to be covered include: history of the accreditation process; NCA accreditation procedures; overview of NCA standards for Accredited Members; putting standards into practice; common challenges centers face in meeting standards; what to do when current practice may not meet the standard; engaging your team in the process and creating a “plan of attack”; preparing your application; and what to expect from a site visit. 

    Accreditation Bootcamp is great resource to share with MDT Partners, new employees, and Board Members. In all honesty is could also be titled, “Understanding the NCA Accreditation Standards!”