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  • Contains 5 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 10/22/2024 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Basic training is appropriate for Master’s level therapists and above or those who are working on a Master’s degree and providing mental health services under the supervision of a licensed professional. TF-CBT has more data (25 + randomized trials and a number of quasi-experimental studies) to support the model’s effectiveness in helping children and families overcome the impact of child abuse and trauma than any other therapy model available. TF-CBT has been recognized by the federal government as a model program and is included on numerous websites for evidence-based practices.


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    This live training will take place October 22, 24, 29--(Booster date TBD), from 11:00am - 5:00pm EST with Ashley Fiore, LCSW. There will be 18 CEs by NASW and NBCC. This will be an interactive and participatory virtual training experience with pre-work and action period assignments that build participants’ skills at implementing TF-CBT with children and families with fidelity and clinical competence. Clinicians will receive a training packet which will be mailed to them, private online access to over 800 downloadable clinical resources for TF-CBT, access to a private TF-CBT Clinical Discussion Forum with other participants and includes 12 group consultation calls 

    *Note: Training packets will be mailed on 5/6/24 to participants who have paid their registration in full and have provided their mailing address below. If we do not receive this information by 5/6/24, you will be responsible for downloading and printing these materials for yourself from the handouts.

    Pre-Training Assignments are due October 18, 2024 Note: It is important that participants complete all Pre-Training Assignments to maximize their learning during training, which will focus on applying those concepts. A mandatory Welcome Call will be held Thursday October 10, 2024, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST.

    Attendees should have an active caseload appropriate for TF-CBT and be ready to apply the model. Supervisors are welcome to attend training; however, if they are not carrying their own active TF-CBT cases, they will not meet criteria to seek national certification.

    There is a cap of 50 attendees for this training. You must be paid in full to count toward the participation cap. It is strongly recommended you pay with credit card to ensure your spot is secure. If you plan to pay by check, you must email Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org, to let us know you are sending a check. The check must be received by October 11, 2024.

    If registration is full, this means that our capacity has been met. Please email jbolton@nca-online.org, and we will add you to the waiting list. 

    The cost for the training is $450 and includes 12 consultation calls. You may use NCA grant funds for this training. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received. If you are paying by check, please mail ASAP to ensure your spot. 

    To pay by check, select "check" under payment method during check out. After checking out, please save your invoice or email confirmation. 

    Mail your check and invoice, payable to National Children's Alliance, to:

    National Children's Alliance P.O. Box 71477 Washington, DC 20024 

    Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above.

    The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training is appropriate for Master’s level therapists and above or those who are working on a Master’s degree and providing mental health services under the supervision of a licensed professional. TF-CBT has more data (25 + randomized trials and a number of quasi-experimental studies) to support the model’s effectiveness in helping children and families overcome the impact of child abuse and trauma than any other therapy model available. TF-CBT has been recognized by the federal government as a model program and is included on numerous websites for evidence-based practices. 

    At the conclusion of this TF-CBT training, participants will be able to: 

    •  Evaluate which cases would benefit from TF-CBT and successfully engage families in treatment
    •  Create session agendas and structure TF-CBT sessions to meet fidelity standards
    •  Explain how to integrate gradual exposure into every TF-CBT session
    • Support children and teens in developing skills that enhance coping and symptom reduction in the aftermath of trauma 
    • Support caregivers in developing coping skills and parenting strategies for responding to children’s therapeutic needs in the aftermath of trauma 
    • Apply and implement the PRACTICE components of TF-CBT with families impacted by trauma 

    Upon completion of the virtual training, participants will have most of the requirements for formal certification in TF-CBT (obtained through the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy National Therapist Certification Program). The Virtual Training and group calls count toward the requirements for national certification in TF-CBT. However, a few additional guidelines for national certification must be met as established by the developers. (For more information, please see www.tfcbt.org)Training participants are required to have a web camera (i.e., on a laptop computer or cell phone) in order to participate in the TF-CBT 4-day training via web-platform. 

    The training will be offered over 4 days including:

    3-day Learning Session 1: 

    Tuesday October 22, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT  

    Thursday October 24, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT  

    Tuesday October 29, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT 

    1-day Learning Session 2:

    DATE TBD

    Pre-Requisite: TF-CBTWeb *please note that there is a $35 fee that is NOT covered as part of your registration and which is paid to the Medical University of South Carolina through TF-CBTWeb.

    Completion of TF-CBT Web2.0 is required as a prerequisite to the virtual TF-CBT training and proof of completion should be submitted to Jami Bolton at NCA 3 days prior to Day 1 of the virtual training.  Email your certificate of completion to jbolton@nca-online.org 

    Registration:

    To register for this training, you will need an NCA Engage account. If you do not have one, visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email membership@nca-online.org if you need your Organizational ID. If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter MH24 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. Non-member access will provide access to the training. 

     ** As a reminder, if you are paying by check, your training registration is incomplete, and your spot will not be reserved, until your check is received and is manually approved by our staff. Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above. 

    If you need any disability accommodations for this training, please reach out to Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    By registering for this training, I agree to the following:

    -I will complete all Pre-training assignments and email proof of my certificate of completion for TF-CBT Web 2.0 to Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    -I will provide brief monthly data regarding my caseload to meet funder requirements; this enables NCA to offer training at a reduced rate for trainees

    -Successful completion of TF-CBT Training includes: participating in all training activities, including didactic portion and interactive breakout activities and discussions; having my camera on during training and consultation calls; remaining in a stationary, private space during training and consultation; attending and participating in at least 75% of all scheduled group consultation calls (9 of 12), presenting my own TF-CBT treatment case during group consultation at least once. 

     For any questions or concerns related to this training, or your participation, please contact Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW

    National Trainer

    National Children's Alliance Institute for Better Mental Health Outcomes

    Ashley Fiore has worked with CACs throughout her professional career as a clinician, clinical director, program manager, trainer, and consultant. She has assessed and treated over 2,000 children and families using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). Prior to joining NCA, Ashley served as clinical faculty for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, where she trained TF-CBT and provided individual and group consultation to clinicians using a learning collaborative model. She has expertise in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based, trauma focused, child/family interventions. Ashley is a certified trainer in TF-CBT and AF-CBT and has provided training/consultation on trauma-informed comprehensive clinical assessments, trauma-related problematic sexual behaviors in children, and implementation support of evidence-based treatment models. She received her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill, and enjoys gardening, making pottery, and hiking in her free time. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 09/11/2024 at 9:00 AM (MDT)

    The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Basic training is appropriate for Master’s level therapists and above or those who are working on a Master’s degree and providing mental health services under the supervision of a licensed professional. TF-CBT has more data (25 + randomized trials and a number of quasi-experimental studies) to support the model’s effectiveness in helping children and families overcome the impact of child abuse and trauma than any other therapy model available. TF-CBT has been recognized by the federal government as a model program and is included on numerous websites for evidence-based practices.


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    This live training will take place in person in Denver, CO, September 11, 12, and 13, 2024, from 9 am - 5 pm (MST). There will be a second virtual learning session on December 12, 2024, from 9:00am - 3:00pm (MST) / 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST with Ashley Fiore, LCSW. We are applying for CEs through NASW and NBCC. This will be an interactive and participatory training experience with pre-work and action period assignments that build participants’ skills at implementing TF-CBT with children and families with fidelity and clinical competence. Clinicians will receive a training packet, private online access to over 800 downloadable clinical resources for TF-CBT, access to a private TF-CBT Clinical Discussion Forum with other participants and includes 12 group consultation calls 

    Additionally, there will be a free, virtual 3-hour senior leader track available to assist participants' supervisors with implementing TF-CBT in your CAC led by Geoff Sidoli, LCSW. The purpose is to support client engagement and facilitate successful completion of the model, learn ways to use outcome data to support best clinical practice and secure funding, and to sustain TF-CBT practice in your organization.  Senior leaders/supervisors will meet for virtual training on August 29, 2024 from 10:00am - 12:00 pm MST / 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST and also participate in a mid-point group consultation call. Please include your senior leader/supervisor's name and email address with your registration. 

    Pre-Training Assignments are due September 3, 2024 Note: It is important that participants complete all Pre-Training Assignments to maximize their learning during training, which will focus on applying those concepts. The first of 12 group consultation calls will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2024, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm MST / 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT.

    Attendees should have an active caseload appropriate for TF-CBT and be ready to apply the model. Supervisors are welcome to attend training; however, if they are not carrying their own active TF-CBT cases, they will not meet criteria to seek national certification.

    There is a cap of 50 attendees for this training. You must be paid in full to count toward the participation cap. It is strongly recommended you pay with credit card to ensure your spot is secure. If you plan to pay by check, you must email Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org, to let us know you are sending a check. The check must be received by August 28, 2024.

    If registration is full, this means that our capacity has been met. Please email jbolton@nca-online.org, and we will add you to the waiting list. 

    The cost for the training is $450 and includes 12 consultation calls. You may use NCA grant funds for this training. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received. If you are paying by check, please mail ASAP to ensure your spot. 

    To pay by check, select "check" under payment method during check out. After checking out, please save your invoice or email confirmation. 

    Mail your check and invoice, payable to National Children's Alliance, to:

    National Children's Alliance P.O. Box 71477 Washington, DC 20024 

    Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above.

    The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training is appropriate for Master’s level therapists and above or those who are working on a Master’s degree and providing mental health services under the supervision of a licensed professional. TF-CBT has more data (25 + randomized trials and a number of quasi-experimental studies) to support the model’s effectiveness in helping children and families overcome the impact of child abuse and trauma than any other therapy model available. TF-CBT has been recognized by the federal government as a model program and is included on numerous websites for evidence-based practices. 

    At the conclusion of this TF-CBT training, participants will be able to: 

    •  Evaluate which cases would benefit from TF-CBT and successfully engage families in treatment
    •  Create session agendas and structure TF-CBT sessions to meet fidelity standards
    •  Explain how to integrate gradual exposure into every TF-CBT session
    • Support children and teens in developing skills that enhance coping and symptom reduction in the aftermath of trauma 
    • Support caregivers in developing coping skills and parenting strategies for responding to children’s therapeutic needs in the aftermath of trauma 
    • Apply and implement the PRACTICE components of TF-CBT with families impacted by trauma 

    Upon completion of the virtual training, participants will have most of the requirements for formal certification in TF-CBT (obtained through the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy National Therapist Certification Program). The Virtual Training and group calls count toward the requirements for national certification in TF-CBT. However, a few additional guidelines for national certification must be met as established by the developers. (For more information, please see www.tfcbt.org)Training participants are required to have a web camera (i.e., on a laptop computer or cell phone) in order to participate in the TF-CBT 4-day training via web-platform. 

    The training will be offered over 4 days including:

    3-day Learning Session 1: IN PERSON

    Wednesday, Sept 11, 2024: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm MST     

    Thursday, Sept 12, 2024: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm MST     

    Friday, Sept 13, 2024: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm MST    

    1-day Learning Session 2: VIRTUAL

    Thursday, December 12, 2024: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm MST / 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

    Pre-Requisite: TF-CBTWeb *please note that there is a $35 fee that is NOT covered as part of your registration and which is paid to the Medical University of South Carolina through TF-CBTWeb.

    Completion of TF-CBT Web2.0 is required as a prerequisite to the virtual TF-CBT training and proof of completion should be submitted to Jami Bolton at NCA 3 days prior to Day 1 of the virtual training.  Email your certificate of completion to jbolton@nca-online.org 

    Registration:

    To register for this training, you will need an NCA Engage account. If you do not have one, visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email membership@nca-online.org if you need your Organizational ID. If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter MH24 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. Non-member access will provide access to the training. 

     ** As a reminder, if you are paying by check, your training registration is incomplete, and your spot will not be reserved, until your check is received and is manually approved by our staff. Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above. 

    If you need any disability accommodations for this training, please reach out to Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    By registering for this training, I agree to the following:

    -I will complete all Pre-training assignments and email proof of my certificate of completion for TF-CBT Web 2.0 to Jami Bolton by September 3, 2024, jbolton@nca-online.org

    -I will provide brief monthly data regarding my caseload to meet funder requirements; this enables NCA to offer training at a reduced rate for trainees.

    -Successful completion of TF-CBT Training includes: participating in all training activities, including didactic portion and interactive breakout activities and discussions; having my camera on during training and consultation calls; remaining in a stationary, private space during training and consultation; attending and participating in at least 75% of all scheduled group consultation calls (9 of 12), presenting my own TF-CBT treatment case during group consultation at least once. 

     For any questions or concerns related to this training, or your participation, please contact Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    Once you have registered, we will send you the information for lodging, which has been secured at the government rate. Lunch will be on your own for all 3 days, but FREE breakfast at the hotel will be provided!

    Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW

    National Trainer

    National Children's Alliance Institute for Better Mental Health Outcomes

    Ashley Fiore has worked with CACs throughout her professional career as a clinician, clinical director, program manager, trainer, and consultant. She has assessed and treated over 2,000 children and families using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). Prior to joining NCA, Ashley served as clinical faculty for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, where she trained TF-CBT and provided individual and group consultation to clinicians using a learning collaborative model. She has expertise in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based, trauma focused, child/family interventions. Ashley is a certified trainer in TF-CBT and AF-CBT and has provided training/consultation on trauma-informed comprehensive clinical assessments, trauma-related problematic sexual behaviors in children, and implementation support of evidence-based treatment models. She received her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill, and enjoys gardening, making pottery, and hiking in her free time. 

    Geoff Sidoli, MSW, LCSW

    Coordinator of Mental Health Programs

    National Children's Alliance

    Geoff Sidoli, MSW, LCSW, is the current Coordinator for NCA’s Institute for Better Mental Health Outcomes.  He assists CACs around the country implementing, building, and sustaining mental health services.  Prior to coming to NCA, Geoff was the executive director of a CAC in Asheville, NC where he supervised a clinical department that assessed and treated trauma and problematic sexual behavior (PSB) utilizing multiple evidence-based/supported models, including a PSB model that he developed.  Geoff has a broad history of work with trauma and sexual violence for over 30 years including the assessment and treatment of individuals that have caused sexual harm.  He speaks regionally and nationally on the topic of sexual abuse, trauma assessment and treatment.  He served on several state/national boards and work groups that focus on intervention and prevention of sexual harm and trauma. 

  • Contains 6 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/20/2024 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Basic training is appropriate for Master’s level therapists and above or those who are working on a Master’s degree and providing mental health services under the supervision of a licensed professional. TF-CBT has more data (25 + randomized trials and a number of quasi-experimental studies) to support the model’s effectiveness in helping children and families overcome the impact of child abuse and trauma than any other therapy model available. TF-CBT has been recognized by the federal government as a model program and is included on numerous websites for evidence-based practices.


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    This live training will take place May 16, 17, 23, and August 20, 2024, from 11:00am - 5:00pm EST with Ashley Fiore, LCSW. There will be 18 CEs by NASW and NBCC. This will be an interactive and participatory virtual training experience with pre-work and action period assignments that build participants’ skills at implementing TF-CBT with children and families with fidelity and clinical competence. Clinicians will receive a training packet which will be mailed to them, private online access to over 800 downloadable clinical resources for TF-CBT, access to a private TF-CBT Clinical Discussion Forum with other participants and includes 12 group consultation calls 

    *Note: Training packets will be mailed on 5/6/24 to participants who have paid their registration in full and have provided their mailing address below. If we do not receive this information by 5/6/24, you will be responsible for downloading and printing these materials for yourself from the handouts.

    Pre-Training Assignments are due May 9, 2024 Note: It is important that participants complete all Pre-Training Assignments to maximize their learning during training, which will focus on applying those concepts. The first of 12 group consultation calls will be held Thursday May 9, 2024, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST.

    Attendees should have an active caseload appropriate for TF-CBT and be ready to apply the model. Supervisors are welcome to attend training; however, if they are not carrying their own active TF-CBT cases, they will not meet criteria to seek national certification.

    There is a cap of 50 attendees for this training. You must be paid in full to count toward the participation cap. It is strongly recommended you pay with credit card to ensure your spot is secure. If you plan to pay by check, you must email Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org, to let us know you are sending a check. The check must be received by May 3, 2024.

    If registration is full, this means that our capacity has been met. Please email jbolton@nca-online.org, and we will add you to the waiting list. 

    The cost for the training is $450 and includes 12 consultation calls. You may use NCA grant funds for this training. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received. If you are paying by check, please mail ASAP to ensure your spot. 

    To pay by check, select "check" under payment method during check out. After checking out, please save your invoice or email confirmation. 

    Mail your check and invoice, payable to National Children's Alliance, to:

    National Children's Alliance P.O. Box 71477 Washington, DC 20024 

    Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above.

    The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training is appropriate for Master’s level therapists and above or those who are working on a Master’s degree and providing mental health services under the supervision of a licensed professional. TF-CBT has more data (25 + randomized trials and a number of quasi-experimental studies) to support the model’s effectiveness in helping children and families overcome the impact of child abuse and trauma than any other therapy model available. TF-CBT has been recognized by the federal government as a model program and is included on numerous websites for evidence-based practices. 

    At the conclusion of this TF-CBT training, participants will be able to: 

    •  Evaluate which cases would benefit from TF-CBT and successfully engage families in treatment
    •  Create session agendas and structure TF-CBT sessions to meet fidelity standards
    •  Explain how to integrate gradual exposure into every TF-CBT session
    • Support children and teens in developing skills that enhance coping and symptom reduction in the aftermath of trauma 
    • Support caregivers in developing coping skills and parenting strategies for responding to children’s therapeutic needs in the aftermath of trauma 
    • Apply and implement the PRACTICE components of TF-CBT with families impacted by trauma 

    Upon completion of the virtual training, participants will have most of the requirements for formal certification in TF-CBT (obtained through the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy National Therapist Certification Program). The Virtual Training and group calls count toward the requirements for national certification in TF-CBT. However, a few additional guidelines for national certification must be met as established by the developers. (For more information, please see www.tfcbt.org)Training participants are required to have a web camera (i.e., on a laptop computer or cell phone) in order to participate in the TF-CBT 4-day training via web-platform. 

    The training will be offered over 4 days including:

    3-day Learning Session 1: 

    Thursday, May 16, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT  

    Friday, May 17, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT  

    Thursday, May 23, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT 

    1-day Learning Session 2:

    Tuesday August 20, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

    Pre-Requisite: TF-CBTWeb *please note that there is a $35 fee that is NOT covered as part of your registration and which is paid to the Medical University of South Carolina through TF-CBTWeb.

    Completion of TF-CBT Web2.0 is required as a prerequisite to the virtual TF-CBT training and proof of completion should be submitted to Jami Bolton at NCA 3 days prior to Day 1 of the virtual training.  Email your certificate of completion to jbolton@nca-online.org 

    Registration:

    To register for this training, you will need an NCA Engage account. If you do not have one, visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email membership@nca-online.org if you need your Organizational ID. If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter MH24 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. Non-member access will provide access to the training. 

     ** As a reminder, if you are paying by check, your training registration is incomplete, and your spot will not be reserved, until your check is received and is manually approved by our staff. Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above. 

    If you need any disability accommodations for this training, please reach out to Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    By registering for this training, I agree to the following:

    -I will complete all Pre-training assignments and email proof of my certificate of completion for TF-CBT Web 2.0 to Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    -I will provide brief monthly data regarding my caseload to meet funder requirements; this enables NCA to offer training at a reduced rate for trainees

    -Successful completion of TF-CBT Training includes: participating in all training activities, including didactic portion and interactive breakout activities and discussions; having my camera on during training and consultation calls; remaining in a stationary, private space during training and consultation; attending and participating in at least 75% of all scheduled group consultation calls (9 of 12), presenting my own TF-CBT treatment case during group consultation at least once. 

     For any questions or concerns related to this training, or your participation, please contact Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW

    National Trainer

    National Children's Alliance Institute for Better Mental Health Outcomes

    Ashley Fiore has worked with CACs throughout her professional career as a clinician, clinical director, program manager, trainer, and consultant. She has assessed and treated over 2,000 children and families using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). Prior to joining NCA, Ashley served as clinical faculty for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, where she trained TF-CBT and provided individual and group consultation to clinicians using a learning collaborative model. She has expertise in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based, trauma focused, child/family interventions. Ashley is a certified trainer in TF-CBT and AF-CBT and has provided training/consultation on trauma-informed comprehensive clinical assessments, trauma-related problematic sexual behaviors in children, and implementation support of evidence-based treatment models. She received her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill, and enjoys gardening, making pottery, and hiking in her free time. 

  • Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/23/2024 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Basic training is appropriate for Master’s level therapists and above or those who are working on a Master’s degree and providing mental health services under the supervision of a licensed professional. TF-CBT has more data (25 + randomized trials and a number of quasi-experimental studies) to support the model’s effectiveness in helping children and families overcome the impact of child abuse and trauma than any other therapy model available. TF-CBT has been recognized by the federal government as a model program and is included on numerous websites for evidence-based practices.


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    This live training will take place April 16, 17, 19th and July 23 2024, from 11:00am - 5:00pm EST with Ashley Fiore, LCSW. There will be 18 CEs by NASW and NBCC. This will be an interactive and participatory virtual training experience with pre-work and action period assignments that build participants’ skills at implementing TF-CBT with children and families with fidelity and clinical competence. Clinicians will receive a training packet which will be mailed to them, private online access to over 800 downloadable clinical resources for TF-CBT, access to a private TF-CBT Clinical Discussion Forum with other participants and includes 12 group consultation calls 

    *Note: Training packets will be mailed on 4/5/24, to participants who have paid their registration in full and have provided their mailing address below. If we do not receive this information by 4/5/24, you will be responsible for downloading and printing these materials for yourself from the handouts.

    Pre-Training Assignments are due April 3, 2024. Note: It is important that participants complete all Pre-Training Assignments to maximize their learning during training, which will focus on applying those concepts. The first of 12 group consultation calls will be held Wednesday April 3, 2024 at 2pm EST. Join using this link: https://zoom.us/j/4834429186

    Attendees should have an active caseload appropriate for TF-CBT and be ready to apply the model. Supervisors are welcome to attend training; however, if they are not carrying their own active TF-CBT cases, they will not meet criteria to seek national certification.

    There is a cap of 50 attendees for this training. You must be paid in full to count toward the participation cap. It is strongly recommended you pay with credit card to ensure your spot is secure. If you plan to pay by check, you must email Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org, to let us know you are sending a check. The check must be received by April 3, 2024.

    If registration is full, this means that our capacity has been met. Please email jbolton@nca-online.org, and we will add you to the waiting list. 

    The cost for the training is $450 and includes 12 consultation calls. You may use NCA grant funds for this training. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received. If you are paying by check, please mail ASAP to ensure your spot. 

    To pay by check, select "check" under payment method during check out. After checking out, please save your invoice or email confirmation. 

    Mail your check and invoice, payable to National Children's Alliance, to:

    National Children's Alliance P.O. Box 71477 Washington, DC 20024 

    Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above.

    The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training is appropriate for Master’s level therapists and above or those who are working on a Master’s degree and providing mental health services under the supervision of a licensed professional. TF-CBT has more data (25 + randomized trials and a number of quasi-experimental studies) to support the model’s effectiveness in helping children and families overcome the impact of child abuse and trauma than any other therapy model available. TF-CBT has been recognized by the federal government as a model program and is included on numerous websites for evidence-based practices. 

    At the conclusion of this TF-CBT training, participants will be able to: 

    •  Evaluate which cases would benefit from TF-CBT and successfully engage families in treatment
    •  Create session agendas and structure TF-CBT sessions to meet fidelity standards
    •  Explain how to integrate gradual exposure into every TF-CBT session
    • Support children and teens in developing skills that enhance coping and symptom reduction in the aftermath of trauma 
    • Support caregivers in developing coping skills and parenting strategies for responding to children’s therapeutic needs in the aftermath of trauma 
    • Apply and implement the PRACTICE components of TF-CBT with families impacted by trauma 

    Upon completion of the virtual training, participants will have most of the requirements for formal certification in TF-CBT (obtained through the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy National Therapist Certification Program). The Virtual Training and group calls count toward the requirements for national certification in TF-CBT. However, a few additional guidelines for national certification must be met as established by the developers. (For more information, please see www.tfcbt.org)Training participants are required to have a web camera (i.e., on a laptop computer or cell phone) in order to participate in the TF-CBT 4-day training via web-platform. 

    The training will be offered over 4 days including:

    A 3-day initial training period: 

    Tuesday, April 16, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST  

    Wednesday, April 17, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST  

    Friday, April 19, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST 

    A 1-day Booster training:

    Tuesday July 23, 2024: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

    Pre-Requisite: TF-CBTWeb *please note that there is a $35 fee that is NOT covered as part of your registration and which is paid to the Medical University of South Carolina through TF-CBTWeb.

    Completion of TF-CBT Web2.0 is required as a prerequisite to the virtual TF-CBT training and proof of completion should be submitted to Jami Bolton at NCA 3 days prior to Day 1 of the virtual training.  Email your certificate of completion to jbolton@nca-online.org 

    Registration:

    To register for this training, you will need an NCA Engage account. If you do not have one, visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email membership@nca-online.org if you need your Organizational ID. If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter MH24 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. Non-member access will provide access to the training. 

     ** As a reminder, if you are paying by check, your training registration is incomplete, and your spot will not be reserved, until your check is received and is manually approved by our staff. Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above. 

    If you need any disability accommodations for this training, please reach out to Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    By registering for this training, I agree to the following:

    -I will complete all Pre-training assignments and email proof of my certificate of completion for TF-CBT Web 2.0 to Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    -I will provide brief monthly data regarding my caseload to meet funder requirements; this enables NCA to offer training at a reduced rate for trainees

    -Successful completion of TF-CBT Training includes: participating in all training activities, including didactic portion and interactive breakout activities and discussions; having my camera on during training and consultation calls; remaining in a stationary, private space during training and consultation; attending and participating in at least 75% of all scheduled group consultation calls (9 of 12), presenting my own TF-CBT treatment case during group consultation at least once. 

     For any questions or concerns related to this training, or your participation, please contact Jami Bolton, jbolton@nca-online.org

    Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW

    National Trainer

    National Children's Alliance Institute for Better Mental Health Outcomes

    Ashley Fiore has worked with CACs throughout her professional career as a clinician, clinical director, program manager, trainer, and consultant. She has assessed and treated over 2,000 children and families using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). Prior to joining NCA, Ashley served as clinical faculty for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, where she trained TF-CBT and provided individual and group consultation to clinicians using a learning collaborative model. She has expertise in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based, trauma focused, child/family interventions. Ashley is a certified trainer in TF-CBT and AF-CBT and has provided training/consultation on trauma-informed comprehensive clinical assessments, trauma-related problematic sexual behaviors in children, and implementation support of evidence-based treatment models. She received her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill, and enjoys gardening, making pottery, and hiking in her free time. 

  • Contains 6 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 07/17/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT; www.afcbt.org), is an intervention to improve family relationships for those experiencing high conflict/coercion, harsh/punitive discipline, child physical abuse, and/or child behavior problems.

    This live virtual training will take place July 17, 19, 24, and 26 from 12:00pm-4:00pm EDT with Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW. This will be an interactive and participatory training experience with pre-work and action period assignments that build participants’ skills at implementing AF-CBT. This training has been approved for 14 CEs through NASW and NBCC.

    Attendees should have an active caseload appropriate for AF-CBT and be ready to apply the model. Supervisors are welcome to attend training. If supervisors are not carrying their own active AF-CBT cases, we will work with them to meet the training requirements.
    Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT; www.afcbt.org), is an intervention to improve family relationships for those experiencing high conflict/coercion, harsh/punitive discipline, child physical abuse, and/or child behavior problems.

    Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) is a trauma-informed, evidence-based intervention designed to improve the relationship between children and their caregivers by addressing individual and family problems relating to: 
         • Family conflicts   
         • Behavior problems, including physical aggression
         • Anger and verbal aggression, including emotional abuse
         • Harsh physical discipline, physical aggression, or child physical abuse, or
         • Child trauma-related symptoms secondary to any of the above

    These patterns may be shown by an individual caregiver or a child/adolescent, and/or by the family.   Therefore, AF-CBT targets the caregiver, child/adolescent, and the larger family context. 

    AF-CBT involves three phases of treatment:
         1) Engagement and Psychoeducation, 2) Individual skills building, 3) Family applications.

    Who is Appropriate for AF-CBT?
    AF-CBT is appropriate for a broad range of families. The following general criteria have been developed to facilitate the identification of families who may benefit from this intervention.

    BACKGROUND CRITERIA
         • A child, age 5-17, can participate now or soon
         • A caregiver (e.g., biological, adoptive, foster, or kin) can participate now or soon
         • Both caregiver and child have an adequate capacity or repertoire to learn/benefit from AF-CBT
    CLINICAL CRITERIA
         • The Family has frequent conflict(s) and/or arguments OR
         • A Caregiver shows anger (hostility), uses physical force/discipline (coercion), and/or has allegation/history of child physical abuse OR
         • A Child shows anger, has behavior problems (e.g., defiance, aggression, explosiveness), has trauma symptoms/PTSD after physical discipline/abuse, and/or has prior exposure to harsh discipline/physical abuse
    A case is eligible if ALL 3 Background Criteria and 1 Clinical Criterion are met.

    Objectives:

    1. Describe the intervention model and its content to families in a manner that engages and motivates treatment participation.

    2. Implement specific techniques to decrease parent and child aggression, family conflict, and child PTSD symptoms related to physical violence (e.g., complete no-force agree-ment, safety planning, imaginal exposure).

    3. Initiate discussions about abusive/aggressive experiences with children and caregivers and follow up with social skills training, social support planning, positive family commu-nication, problem-solving routines, and child behavior management training.

    Providers
    Prospective AF-CBT trainees must be mental health professionals with a Master's degree or higher. Trainees are asked to commit to implementing AF-CBT with at least 2 families during the course of the training year so they should have an active caseload ready to apply the model. 
    AF-CBT should be conducted by individuals who have been formally trained in the model and who are familiar with the content, methods, assessments, and fidelity tools that are required to ensure effective implementation.

    Data Collection: This training is offered at a greatly reduced cost. Participants are required to submit monthly data on clients served. More information will be provided.

    Pre-Requisite:
    There is a free 2.5 hour pre-requisite video course, “Foundations of AF-CBT” which must be completed prior to training. You may access this here  https://learn.nctsn.org/enrol/... 

    CE’s are provided for the pre-requisite course through NCTSN.org. Please send your certificate documenting completion to Jami Bolton, jbolon@nca-online.org

    There is a cap of 50 attendees for this training. You must be paid in full to count toward the participation cap. It is strongly recommended you pay with credit card to ensure your spot is secure. If you plan to pay by check, you must email leadershipconference@nca-online.org to let us know you are sending a check. The check must be received by July 12, 2024. 

    If registration is full, this means that our capacity has been met. Please email leadershipconference@nca-online.org and we will add you to the waiting list. 

    The cost for the training is $450 and includes 4 training days, 12 consultation calls, and the AF-CBT Session Guide, Third Edition, Revised. A Spanish language session guide is available upon request.  You may use NCA grant funds for this training. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received. If you are paying by check, please mail ASAP to ensure your spot. 

    To pay by check, select "check" under payment method during check out. After checking out, please save your invoice or email confirmation. 

    Mail your check and invoice, payable to National Children's Alliance, to:

    National Children's Alliance P.O. Box 71477 Washington, DC 20024 

    Your name and AF-CBT must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above. 

     

    Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW

    National Trainer

    National Children's Alliance Institute for Better Mental Health Outcomes

    Ashley Fiore has worked with CACs throughout her professional career as a clinician, clinical director, program manager, trainer, and consultant. She has assessed and treated over 2,000 children and families using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). Prior to joining NCA, Ashley served as clinical faculty for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, where she trained TF-CBT and provided individual and group consultation to clinicians using a learning collaborative model. She has expertise in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based, trauma focused, child/family interventions. Ashley is a certified trainer in TF-CBT and AF-CBT and has provided training/consultation on trauma-informed comprehensive clinical assessments, trauma-related problematic sexual behaviors in children, and implementation support of evidence-based treatment models. She received her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill, and enjoys gardening, making pottery, and hiking in her free time. 

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 07/11/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join NCA for quarterly discussion calls to exchange ideas with other CACs working with military partners. Join us to share about your collaboration with military partners and learn what other CACs are doing to strengthen services for military families. Each call will include opportunity for highlighting successful practices, discussing challenges, and sharing ideas for improving CAC-military service coordination. Calls will take place the second Thursday of January, April, July, and October 2-3pm ET. All CACs are welcome to join calls when they can (attendance at all calls is not required). Please note that calls are live events and will not be recorded.

    Join NCA for quarterly discussion calls to exchange ideas with other CACs working with military partners. Join us to share about your collaboration with military partners and learn what other CACs are doing to strengthen services for military families. Each call will include opportunity for highlighting successful practices, discussing challenges, and sharing ideas for improving CAC-military service coordination.  

    Calls will take place the second Thursday of January, April, July, and October 2-3pm ET. All CACs are welcome to join calls when they can (attendance at all calls is not required). Please note that calls are live events and will not be recorded. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/10/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    This workshop will address a framework for considering level of treatment for children and adolescents with problematic or illegal sexual behavior, basic safety planning for those youth, and considerations for when to consider visitation with other children and reunification of families.

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    Description:  Children and adolescents with problematic or illegal sexual behavior typically engage in those behaviors with other youth in their familyUnderstandably, their behavior disrupts safety within the family network.  With appropriate planning, supports, and interventions, all of which should include the caregivers, most children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior can safely remain in their community and, if indicated, have contact with the other child and children in their family and social networks.  This workshop will provide practical application of a basic safety planning framework for children and adolescents with problematic or illegal sexual behavior and their families.   

     

    Learning objectives: 

    1. Participants will be able to identify basic safety planning strategies for first responders to cases of children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior.   
    1. Participants will be able to apply the basic components of a safety plan to children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior.  
    1. Participants will be able to formulate a strategy for creating and implement a typical safety plan for children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior   

     

    Audience:  Mental health, social work, child protection services, advocates, juvenile justice, attorneys, caregivers, judges 

    This webinar will take place on July 10, 2024 from 12:00pm-1:30pm EDT

    Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., LPC

    Project Director

    National Children’s Advocacy Center

    Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., MA, (he/him) is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Oklahoma) and training and technical assistance (TTA) provider in child maltreatment, trauma, and adversity. He is the Project Director for the TTA Grant for Child Abuse Professionals at the National Children’s Advocacy Center. This national grant provides multi- and interdisciplinary TTA on child maltreatment to optimize professional development in the field.

    Since 2002, Mr. Widdifield has provided evidence-based clinical assessment and treatment of children ages 3-12 with an emphasis on those with problematic sexual behavior (PSB) and adolescents with illegal sexual behaviors, recipient children, and their families. Throughout his career, Mr. Widdifield has provided training on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. He has co-authored group and family modality treatment manuals and, also, book chapters on clinical services for children with PSB.

    Mr. Widdifield has extensive experience planning and providing TTA and presenting nationally and internationally on children and adolescents with PSB, child maltreatment, and sexual orientation and gender identity of youth. He was formerly the Training Director for the University of Oklahoma (OU) Problematic Sexual Behavior TTA Program and the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth. In addition to providing clinical training, Mr. Widdifield assisted with initial assessment of training needs; participated in the design of training plans to facilitate implementation of evidence-based treatments for PSB including engagement of stakeholders. As a former Program Manager at the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, Mr. Widdifield provided TTA to over 35 Oklahoma freestanding multidisciplinary teams which are not affiliated with Children’s Advocacy Centers for accreditation purposes. Further, he implemented a Children’s Justice Act grant that sponsored local and statewide professional trainings on multi- and interdisciplinary issues in child maltreatment.

    Mr. Widdifield is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and the American Counseling Association. He is a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) in Child Abuse and Neglect at the OU Health Sciences Center. In 2022, Mr. Widdifield received the Barbara L. Bonner Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the ITP.

    Nikki Croteau-Johnson, MA, LPA

    Nikki Croteau-Johnson, MA, LPA, is a psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and their families in outpatient and forensic settings. She has specialty training in several evidence-based treatments, including, TF-CBT, PSB-CBT-P, PSB-CBT-S and PSB-CBT-A, and is a trainer in training for PSB-CBT-S. She is currently the Clinical Director for the Problematic Sexual Behavior Program for Children and Adolescents at the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, where in addition to providing direct clinical services, she oversees the implementation of a statewide PSB program; developing a clinical workforce as well as clinical policy and procedures; stakeholder education and engagement, and other sustainability initiatives.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/27/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Join Dr. Sonja Robinson for a continued look at issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA). Part 1 of this webinar was last September, when Dr. Robinson discussed relevant terminology, topics, and concepts and how DEIA impacts outcomes for all members of a living, learning, and working community. This 60-minute webinar can be applied to the Diversity, Equity, and Access Standard training requirements.

    Join Dr. Sonja Robinson for a continued look at issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA). In Part 1 of this webinar last September, Dr. Robinson discussed relevant terminology, topics, and concepts in the DEIA space and how DEIA impacts outcomes for all members of a living, learning, and working community. Now we're continuing the conversation. 

    This 60-minute webinar can be applied to the Diversity, Equity, and Access Standard training requirements.

    You do not have to have attended Part 1 to join us for Part 2. If you'd like to view Part 1, the recording is available here on NCA Engage, and it also counts toward Standard training requirements.

    Sonja N. Robinson, Ph.D.

    Founder and CEO

    Thrive Mind Solutions

    Sonja N. Robinson, Ph.D., is the founder, CEO, and lead consultant of Thrive Mind Solutions. Dr. Robinson has over 10 years of experience creating and supporting the development and implementation of innovative inclusive excellence strategies for complex organizations and institutions of higher education. Her focus areas are diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, executive coaching, organizational culture analysis and development, data analytics, employee engagement, change management, and organizational dynamics.

    While serving as the director of inclusion at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Dr. Robinson served as the primary liaison to over 1,100 college and university athletic programs for issues related to race, ethnicity, and disability, and led program development and facilitation for national conferences, workshops, presentations and engagements. She also served as the primary liaison and staff support to a national committee charged with providing review of and recommendations about programs, policies, and practices impacting minority administrators, coaches, and student-athletes across the United States.

    While working for a large Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) in the Office for Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Robinson played a key role in the creation and execution of campus-wide orientations, training, programs, and presentations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She led a campus climate assessment and the development of the subsequent diversity action plan. She has extensive experience working with groups to drive innovation and efficiency, to define values and design culture, and to move beyond a surface-level understanding of diversity and inclusion to action-oriented and industry-specific application of the concepts.

    A former Division I student-athlete and coach, Dr. Robinson holds a doctorate in Sports Administration, with a minor in Research Methodology, and an M.B.A. with focus areas of Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship. Her research agenda and professional work has centered on leadership development, equity, access and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, and athlete welfare. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in sport leadership, ethics, psychology, diversity, sociology, legal aspects, and marketing, and authored an unpublished guide on implementing DEI principles in hiring practices. She has been a member of numerous boards and national organizations, including a leadership role with the Diversity in Sports Consortium, a group of diversity professionals from amateur, Olympic, and professional leagues across the United States.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/26/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) stand at the forefront in identifying and addressing the distinctive needs of children who have endured commercial sexual exploitation. Yet, conventional treatment practices often fall short in providing adequate care for this population. Effectively recognizing, engaging, and treating patient-victims of commercial sexual exploitation of a child (CSEC) demands creativity and collaboration among healthcare providers. This presentation offers a multifaceted, interdisciplinary exploration of the implications of CAC involvement for this population. Through a compelling case study of a child who experienced sexual exploitation, the presenters will illustrate a nuanced approach to engaging a patient-victim. The session will encompass an overview of observable indicators for providers to recognize a child potentially experiencing sexual exploitation, effective strategies for building trust and rapport, defining acute and follow-up care, delineating the process of evaluation at a CAC, and adapting clinic procedures to enhance engagement and rapport-building. Throughout the session, attendees will also become acquainted with the Stages of Change model and its application to the CSEC population, emphasizing the importance of continuity of care and sustained engagement. PLEASE NOTE: This webinar is a live event only and will not be recorded or archived for later viewing.

    PLEASE NOTE: This webinar is a live event only and will not be recorded or archived for later viewing.

    Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) stand at the forefront in identifying and addressing the distinctive needs of children who have endured commercial sexual exploitation. Yet, conventional treatment practices often fall short in providing adequate care for this population. Effectively recognizing, engaging, and treating patient-victims of commercial sexual exploitation of a child (CSEC) demands creativity and collaboration among healthcare providers.

    This presentation offers a multifaceted, interdisciplinary exploration of the implications of CAC involvement for this population. Through a compelling case study of a child who experienced sexual exploitation, the presenters will illustrate a nuanced approach to engaging a patient-victim. The session will encompass an overview of observable indicators for providers to recognize a child potentially experiencing sexual exploitation, effective strategies for building trust and rapport, defining acute and follow-up care, delineating the process of evaluation at a CAC, and adapting clinic procedures to enhance engagement and rapport-building. Throughout the session, attendees will also become acquainted with the Stages of Change model and its application to the CSEC population, emphasizing the importance of continuity of care and sustained engagement.

    Dana Kaplan, MD, FAAP

    Director of Child Abuse and Neglect for the Department of Pediatrics at Staten Island University Hospital

    Staten Island University Hospital

    Dr. Dana Kaplan is the Director of Child Abuse and Neglect for the Department of Pediatrics at Staten Island University Hospital as well as the Associate Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Training Program. She is also the Medical Director for the Staten Island Child Advocacy Center. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Donald and  Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell.  


    Dr. Kaplan serves as the Site Director for Staten Island University Hospital, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Training Program, Maimonides Medical Center/Infants and Children's  Hospital of Brooklyn.  She is also the Western Regional Director for the Northwell HEART Program.  


    Dr. Kaplan is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a Member of the Ray E. Helfer Society.  She is the current co-chair for the Helfer Human Trafficking Subcommittee as well as the co-chair and co-founder of the Helfer Solo Child Abuse Pediatrician (CAP) Special Interest  Group.  She is also co-founder and consultant for the CSTAT (child sex trafficking action team) through New York State AAP Chapter III.


    Dr. Kaplan received her MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at New York University.  Dr. Kaplan went on to complete her fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Warren Albert Medical School of Brown University.  Dr. Kaplan’s specific area of interest is in commercially  sexually exploited youth. Dr. Kaplan has lectured both regionally and nationally and has published multiple chapters and articles on the subject of child abuse and human  trafficking.  Most recently, Dr. Kaplan was co-author to the 2023 AAP Clinical Report on “Exploitation, Labor and Trafficking of Children and Adolescents” in Pediatrics. 

    Adebimpe Adewusi, MD, FAAP

    Medical Director at CARES Northwest

    CARES Northwest, Portland, OR

    Dr. Adebimpe Adewusi is a Nigerian born, Texas raised child abuse pediatrician, who is currently the medical director at CARES Northwest in Portland Oregon since March 2021.  She completed medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2008 then completed her general pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2011.  She then worked for two years as a nocturnist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia then entered her child abuse pediatrics fellowship at Brown University in Rhode Island in 2013.  She moved to Portland, Oregon in May 2017 then moved into a leadership role at CARES Northwest at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Adewusi is the 2023 award recipient of The Randall Children’s Hospital John W Paisley, M.D Award, which recognizes a pediatric subspecialist who demonstrates expertise in clinical medicine, joy in mentoring junior physicians and trainees, as well as grace and humor in everyday practice.  In 2024, Dr. Adewusi received the Oregon Attorney General’s Trafficking Intervention Advisory Committee’s Award for going Above and Beyond for work in the medical field within the anti-trafficking movement and advocating for victims of trafficking.  Dr. Adewusi is a state and national expert on sex trafficking.  She sits on the Washington County Human Trafficking Task Force and serves as co-chair for Helfer Society’s Human Trafficking Subcommittee.  

    Hannah Helms, MSW, LCSW

    Mental Health Provider for the Trauma Therapy Team at CARES Northwest

    CARES Northwest, Portland, OR

    Hannah Helms, MSW, LCSW is a Mental Health Provider for the Trauma Therapy Team at CARES Northwest in Portland, Oregon where she works with children who have experienced various types of maltreatment, including commercial sexual exploitation. As a former child welfare caseworker and foster care provider, her therapeutic approach to working with children and adolescents is informed by a thorough and nuanced understanding of the complex systems that affect her clients. Hannah’s professional experience also includes serving as a medical social worker at a rural critical access hospital in Northern California for nearly a decade. During this time, she worked as the Human Trafficking Task Force Lead at Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta and oversaw implementation of the Dignity Health Human Trafficking Response Program at that facility from 2016-2020. She also founded and co-chaired the Siskiyou Anti-Trafficking Coalition from 2016-2020. While in this capacity, she provided human trafficking education to first responders, law enforcement, community groups, and local government, as well as consultation regarding identification and response to suspected human trafficking cases.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/20/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar provides an introduction to NCA's Military MOUs for CACs.

    Participants in this webinar will learn about NCA’s seven MOUs with the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and Military Criminal Investigative Organizations (MCIOs). Participants will learn the goals of the MOUs, key components of the MOUs and agreements of the parties, which CACs are eligible to sign on to MOU participation, benefits of participating in the MOU and instructions for where to view the MOUs and sign on to participate. An opportunity for Q&A will follow the presentation. The recording of the webinar will be available after the live event for on-demand access.  

    Heather Provencher, LCSW

    Senior Manager for Federal Partnerships

    National Children’s Alliance

    Heather Provencher, LCSW, is Senior Manager for Federal Partnerships at National Children’s Alliance (NCA). Prior to joining NCA, she worked in foster care and child protective services and held investigative, forensic interviewing, advocacy, and prevention education roles at Children's Advocacy Centers in Maryland and California.

    Amber Garrison-Ahmed, LCSW

    Coordinator for Federal Partnerships

    National Children's Alliance

    Amber Garrison-Ahmed, LCSW is the Coordinator for Federal Partnerships at NCA. She received her education at University of Denver earning her Masters of Social Work and a certification in Animal Assisted Social Work in 2008.  Amber became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011. She is an experienced Social Worker with over 18 years of experience specializing in the care of domestic violence, child abuse, crisis intervention, child protection, and military social work.

    Wendy Luikart

    Administrative Assistant for Services to Military Families

    National Children's Alliance