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  • 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!”

  • Considerations for Mental Health Services in Physical Abuse Cases

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/26/2019

    Facilitated by Ann Marie Tucker, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara in New York, our panelists will review the considerations for Mental Health, specifically AF-CBT, that a CAC/MDT should consider when evaluating services to include child physical abuse. The presentation will follow information included in the guide produced by the National Children’s Alliance, entitled, “Child Physical Abuse, a guide to the CAC response.” The presentation will include a combination of description of information in the guide as well as the panelists experience with AF-CBT. There will also be a facilitated time for question and answers related to the material/topic.

    Facilitated by Ann Marie Tucker, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara in New York, our panelists will review the considerations for Mental Health, specifically AF-CBT, that a CAC/MDT should consider when evaluating services to include child physical abuse. The presentation will follow information included in the guide produced by the National Children’s Alliance, entitled, “Child Physical Abuse, a guide to the CAC response.” The presentation will include a combination of description of information in the guide as well as the panelists experience with AF-CBT. There will also be a facilitated time for question and answers related to the material/topic.

    Ann Marie Tucker

    Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara in New York

  • COVID-19 and CACs: Triaging Cases and Planned Shutdowns

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2020

    How should CACs, an essential community service around the nation, respond to the coronavirus outbreak?

    The global and local response to the coronavirus outbreak seems to change daily, and for good reason. How should CACs, an essential community service around the nation, respond? Join NCA and your peers to learn how CACs are responding on the front lines and what it means for you. 

    We'll cover: 

    • Essential vs. non-essential personnel & remote work
    • Case triage
    • Remote service provision
    • Contingency planning and shutdown plans

    Adam Rosenberg

    Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center

    Char Rivette

    Executive Director, Chicago CAC

    Gene Klein

    Executive Director, Project Harmony

    Teresa Huizar

    Executive Director, NCA

  • COVID-19: How Congress is Responding

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/23/2020

    This webinar will discuss the legislative action Congress is taking to address COVID-19 and how these bills impact CACs and the families they serve. Two bills have already passed, with a thirds massive stimulus bill scheduled in the near term. Additional legislation will likely be considered in the future.

    This webinar will discuss the legislative action Congress is taking to address COVID-19 and how these bills impact CACs and the families they serve. Two bills have already passed, with a third massive stimulus bill scheduled in the near term. Additional legislation will likely be considered in the future.

    Denise Edwards (Moderator)

  • Emerging Issues & Trends CSEC Webinar Series

    Contains 9 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/29/2020

    New from the National Children’s Alliance Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Collaborative Work Group (CSEC CWG): a series of webinars about emerging issues and trends in cases involving child pornography and sexual images of children. This series is designed to help Children’s Advocacy Centers and their multidisciplinary team partners

    New from the National Children’s Alliance Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Collaborative Work Group (CSEC CWG): a series of webinars about emerging issues and trends in cases involving child pornography and sexual images of children. This series is designed to help Children’s Advocacy Centers and their multidisciplinary team partners

    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

    Donna Mixner, is a native of North Carolina.  She earned her B.S. in Social Work and Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts, Education Counseling degree,  from East Carolina University.  She has also earned a Masters of Criminal Justice, from Boston University.   She is dually licensed, as a Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has been working in direct victim services for more than 20 years.  She began her career in Victim Services at the Counseling Center, Camp LeJeune, NC, as a Victim Advocate in the Family Assistance Program, working closely with CID and NCIS.  She came to the Richmond Division of the FBI in 2004, where she works with victims of any federal crime.   She has extensive experience working violent crimes against children, human trafficking, bank robberies, and complex financial crimes.  She also is a member of the FBI Victim Services Response Team, and has responded to multiple mass casualty events.

    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.

    Martha Finnegan

    Forensic Interview Specialist, FBI

    Martha J. Finnegan is a Supervisory Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer (CAFI) for the FBI’s Victim Services Division.  As a CAFI, Ms. Finnegan conducts victim interviews and/or helps agents locate qualified interviewers in their area.  Types of violations where Ms. Finnegan’s interviewing skills are utilized include, but are not limited to, cyber exploitation, human trafficking, abduction, and mass casualty events/terrorism cases. Ms. Finnegan is also available to provide expert testimony, technical assistance and training to FBI personnel, U.S. Attorneys, and other federal, state local, and international agencies in the areas of forensic interviewing of victims of abuse and exploitation.

    Before coming to the FBI, Ms. Finnegan worked at Children’s Hospital Center for Child Protection in San Diego, CA and at APRI’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.

    Ms. Finnegan has published an article entitled Creating and Administering a Kids Court Program and is co-author of an article entitled The Use of Anatomical Diagrams in Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Interviews. She also authored a guide for FBI agents entitled Investigative Interviews of Adolescent Victims and co-authored an article entitled Interviewing Compliant Adolescent Victims. Ms. Finnegan also co-authored an article on presenting evidence in forensic interviews entitled A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Incorporating Child Pornography Images in the Forensic Interview.

    Michele Mullen

    Training Specialist, Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center

    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. 

  • 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, Ph.D., LCSW (Moderator)

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

  • 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.  

  • Fueling CACs through the Paycheck Protection Program

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/06/2020

    The recent stimulus package created the Paycheck Protection Program, a new program that provides small businesses and nonprofits access to resources to pay staff and operating costs for two months. This webinar will be focused on how this program applies to CACs and Chapters and how they can access these dollars.

    The recent stimulus package created the Payment Protection Program, a new program that provides small businesses and nonprofits access to resources to pay staff and operating costs for two months. This webinar will be focused on how this program applies to CACs and Chapters and how they can access these dollars.

    Denise Edwards

    Crystal Collette

    CEO, Crystal Clear Consultants & NCA Consultant

  • 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

    Sarah Coker-Robinson is the NCA Membership Program Associate in the Member Services department.  Her background is in political science and paralegal studies, but she has also had some experience in the non-profit world, working with undeserved youth in Wilmington, DE.  She started at NCA in 2015, working in the Grants department then moved to the Membership department where she hosts the NCA Member Newsflash keeping you up to date on what is happening at NCA, plays an integral role in the review process for Associate, Affiliate, and Satellite applications, as well as helps members gain access to all member benefits, including our social platform + learning tool - NCA Engage!

  • Getting to Know NCA's Accreditation Standards

    Contains 8 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/25/2020

    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

    Alyson MacKenzie is the Accreditation Coordinator at National Children’s Alliance, and manages the accreditation process for Child Advocacy Centers throughout the country. Previously Alyson was the Senior Program Associate of Accreditation at NCA as well as Program Associate at NCA, managing grants and membership for the Southern Region of the United States. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Human Service Management from Boston University. Ms. MacKenzie has years of experience providing training and technical assistance to Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country.

    Dave Betz

    Deputy Director of Operations

    Alyssa Todd

    Accreditation Program Associate

    Alyssa Todd worked as an Investigative Social Worker for Vermont CPS for almost five years, then moved to Philadelphia for grad school, where she continued to work with youth in foster care. She moved back to Vermont and became the Director and Forensic Interviewer of a small Associate Member center in Brattleboro, VT in 2012. In 2016 the Center became fully Accredited with NCA under Ms. Todd's leadership. During her time working at a CAC, her interests were mostly focused on Forensic Interviewing and Vicarious Trauma.

    Troy Price

    NCAtrak Training & Application Specialist