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  • CSEC Webinar Series - CACs & Federal Partners: Working Together on CSEC Cases

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 01/23/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will discuss the collaboration among CACs, FBI and HSI on CSEC cases.

    This webinar will discuss the collaboration among CACs, FBI and HSI on CSEC cases.  The discussion will include:  how referrals are made with federal partners and CACs, information sharing, collaboration among victim advocates, successful case examples and challenges faced.  The forensic interviewing guidelines will be shared, including the discussion of presenting evidence during interviews.  Participants will hear from a CAC serving CSEC victims, FBI forensic interviewer and victim advocate and HSI forensic interviewer.  

    Alexandra “Ale” Levi

    Forensic Interview Specialist, Homeland Security Investigations

    Ale Levi is the lead Forensic Interview Specialist (FIS), for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and has conducted well over 5000 victim interviews.   Ms. Levi is an LCSW and holds her Masters in Social Work and Forensic Psychology. She has worked in the area of child abuse/exploitation since 1998.  In 2009, Ms. Levi became the first FIS for HSI and established guidelines and protocols for the HSI Forensic Interview Program.  She works with all victims of crime, focusing on child exploitation; cyber and technology facilitate crimes, human trafficking and transnational sex offender cases.  Ms. Levi’s travels both domestically and internationally conducting forensic interviews and trainings in English and Spanish.  In addition Ms. Levi is an associate with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College.  

    Beth Bouchard

    SEEN Program Manager, Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County

    Beth Bouchard is the Associate Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County in Boston, MA. As Program Manager of the CAC’s Support to End Exploitation Now program, Beth has coordinated a collaborative, interagency response for over 700 at-risk and commercially sexually exploited youth.  Working daily with law enforcement, the Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney, the MA Department of Children and Families, juvenile justice providers, and community partners, SEEN navigates state and local systems to ensure each child referred receives a coordinated multidisciplinary intervention. Beth provides training and outreach, case consultation, and supports SEEN’s data collection efforts. Her professional background includes advocacy, project management, and coordination of victims’ services for adult and child survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and human trafficking, as well as undocumented youth and refugee minors.

    Donna Mixner

    Victim Specialist, FBI

    Martha Finnegan

    Forensic Interview Specialist, FBI

  • OMS Winter 2019/2020 Training Series

    Contains 5 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 12/10/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Learn to implement the OMS program at Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the purpose and benefits of the program, with recommendations for distributing surveys to caregivers and team members.

    Learn to implement the OMS program at Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the purpose and benefits of the program, how to view survey results, and ways to share with staff.

    Kaitlin Lounsbury

    Program Evaluation Coordinator

    Kaitlin Lounsbury is the Program Evaluation Coordinator at the National Children’s Alliance, overseeing programs to measure the impact of Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the Outcome Measurement System (OMS) to collect essential feedback from families and team members serving child victims of abuse.

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

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web 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. 

  • Getting to Know NCA's Accreditation Standards

    Contains 6 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/12/2019

    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

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

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/05/2019

    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) Recorded On: 10/23/2019

    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

  • 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.