Accreditation Bootcamp 2.0

Accreditation Bootcamp 2.0 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. Bootcamp 2.0 applies to CACs going through Accreditation or Reaccreditation with a site visit after January 1st, 2023

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!”

This project was supported by grant #2018-CI-FX-K002 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.

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Accreditation Process
Welcome to Accreditation Bootcamp 2.0 with Teresa Huizar
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Accreditation Process: Expert Interview with Jane Braun
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Accreditation Timeline and Application
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2023 Accreditation Application Attachment List
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Multidisciplinary Team
Standard 1 - Multidisciplinary Team: Pre-Test
8 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/8 points to pass
8 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/8 points to pass
Standard 1 - Multidisciplinary Team: Expert Interview with Chris Kirchner
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Standard 1 - Multidisciplinary Team: Video Lecture
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Standard 1 - Multidisciplinary Team: Post-Test
8 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/8 points to pass
8 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/8 points to pass
Diversity, Equity, and Access
Standard 2 - Diversity, Equity, and Access: Pre-test
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/6 points to pass
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/6 points to pass
Standard 2 - Diversity, Equity, and Access: Expert Interview with Melissa Ewer
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Standard 2 - Diversity, Equity, and Access: Video Lecture
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Standard 2 - Diversity, Equity, and Access: Post-test
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  6/6 points to pass
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  6/6 points to pass
Forensic Interviews
Standard 3 - Forensic Interviews: Pre-Test
7 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/7 points to pass
7 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/7 points to pass
Standard 3 - Forensic Interviews: Expert Interview with Crimson Barocca
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Standard 3 - Forensic Interviews: Video Lecture
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Standard 3 - Forensic Interviews: Post-Test
7 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/7 points to pass
7 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/7 points to pass
Victim Support and Advocacy
Standard 4 - Victim Support and Advocacy: Pre-Test
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/5 points to pass
Standard 4 - Victim Support and Advocacy: Expert Interview with Tammi Pitzen
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Standard 4 - Victim Support and Advocacy: Video Lecture
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Standard 4 - Victim Support and Advocacy: Post-Test
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
Medical Evaluation
Standard 5 - Medical Evaluation: Pre-Test
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/10 points to pass
Standard 5 - Medical Evaluation: Expert Interview with Channing Petrak
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Standard 5 - Medical Evaluation: Video Lecture
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Standard 5 - Medical Evaluation: Post-Test
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  10/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  10/10 points to pass
Mental Health
Standard 6 - Mental Health: Pre-Test
8 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/8 points to pass
8 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/8 points to pass
Standard 6 - Mental Health: Expert Interview with Ernestine Briggs-King
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Standard 6 - Mental Health: Video Lecture
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Standard 6 - Mental Health: Post-Test
8 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/8 points to pass
8 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/8 points to pass
Case Review
Standard 7 - Case Review: Pre-Test
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/5 points to pass
Standard 7 - Case Review: Expert Interview with Kristy Brodeur
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Standard 7 - Case Review: Video Lecture
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Standard 7 - Case Review: Post-Test
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
Case Tracking
Standard 8 - Case Tracking: Pre-Test
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/5 points to pass
Standard 8 - Case Tracking: Expert Interview with Ruby Nelson
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Standard 8 - Case Tracking: Video Lecture
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Standard 8 - Case Tracking: Post-Test
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
Organizational Capacity
Standard 9 - Organizational Capacity: Pre-test
9 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/9 points to pass
9 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/9 points to pass
Standard 9 - Organizational Capacity: Expert Interview with Dominic Prophet
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Standard 9 - Organizational Capacity: Video Lecture
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Standard 9 - Organizational Capacity: Post-test
9 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  9/9 points to pass
9 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  9/9 points to pass
Child Safety and Protection
Standard 10 - Child Safety and Protection: Pre-Test
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/6 points to pass
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  0/6 points to pass
Standard 10 - Child Safety and Protection: Expert Interview with Nydia Monagas
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Standard 10 - Child Safety and Protection: Video Lecture
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Standard 10 - Child Safety and Protection: Post-Test
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  6/6 points to pass
6 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  6/6 points to pass
Bootcamp Evalation and Certificate
Accreditation Bootcamp 2.0 Course Evaluation
11 Questions
Accreditation Bootcamp 2.0 Certificate
No credits available  |  Certificate available
No credits available  |  Certificate available Users must complete the course evaluation before receiving the certificate.

Alyson McKenzie

Accreditation Coordinator

National Children's Alliance

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.

Alyssa Todd

Accreditation Program Associate

National Children's Alliance

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.

Teresa Huizar

Executive Director

National Children's Alliance

Teresa Huizar was appointed the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, February 26th, 2008.  National Children’s Alliance, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national association and accrediting body for nearly 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US.  These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including:  forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health treatment. Children’s Advocacy Centers coordinate the multidisciplinary team as it carries out its investigative, prosecutorial, and treatment functions.  In 2018, Children’s Advocacy Centers served over 367,000 child victims of abuse, and provided child abuse prevention education to more than 2 million individuals.

Prior to her tenure with NCA, Ms. Huizar served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a technical assistance and training center for­­­ two hundred Children’s Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams in twelve Western states.  And, has served as the Executive Director of two local Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Ms. Huizar has a special interest in public policy in the child welfare arena, especially, in reducing child abuse fatalities and in the provision of trauma-focused, evidence-supported mental health treatment to child victims of abuse.  She has testified before Congress on child abuse issues.  And, she has conducted and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings.  Ms. Huizar has been interviewed by CNN, WSJ, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, and numerous other media outlets, on child welfare policy matters.

Ms. Huizar has served on numerous related Boards and Committees over the years.  She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths.

Michelle Miller, Ph.D.

Project Coordinator, Mental Health Initiatives

National Children's Alliance

Michelle Miller, PhD, LCSW, LCPC, has over 20 years’ experience working in the child welfare field and over 15 years’ experience providing mental health care and clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, in addition to training and implementation of evidence-based practices and treatments. Dr. Miller co-founded the Butte Child Evaluation Center, Montana’s first accredited CAC, in 1998, where she served as Director and MDT member until 2013. Dr. Miller was also instrumental in founding the Montana State Chapter organization of NCA, which she chaired from 2008-2011, and continued to serve as a board member until 2016. Dr. Miller has served on numerous local, state, and national task forces and committees, including the Montana Youth Justice Council, NCA’s Task Committee on Revising Mental Health Standards, and the Montana Mental Health Oversight Advisory Council. In her private practice, Dr. Miller specialized in providing CFTSI and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. Miller has successfully managed several grant-funded projects over the last 17 years. She has served as the Project Coordinator for Mental Health Initiatives for the National Children's Alliance since 2016.

mmiller@nca-online.org