Session 4A: Trauma-Informed Practice and Assessment Within Children's Advocacy Centers
Track: The Business of Child Advocacy
What does it mean to be a trauma-informed CAC? We will introduce the “Trauma-Informed Guide for Children’s Advocacy Centers,” an adaptation of a guide created by the ACTS Project (Chadwick Center) as a tool of curated resources, and explore the "Trauma-Informed Resource Guide," created by NRCAC and NYSCA to assist with assessment of a CAC.
Michele Mullen, LCSW
Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Michele Mullen, LCSW, is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Michele provides training and technical assistance to developing and established CACs and MDTs in the 9 northeast states. Michele received the Maine Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers’ Children’s Advocate Award in April 2020. Michele joined NRCAC in September 2014 after 17 years with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office/Children’s Advocacy Center in Massachusetts. Michele began as a Victim Advocate before moving to the CAC Director role and was dedicated to the development of a fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center in 2010.
Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Salli Kerr has over five years of experience as an Executive Director and CEO in the non-profit sector and was instrumental in the formation and accreditation of the state chapter of children’s advocacy centers in Nevada. As Executive Director, Salli led a multi-service center that housed the Nye County Children’s Advocacy Center, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Nevada and other service organizations for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other crimes. Salli’s background of providing direct services, including foster-parenting, provides her with a unique perspective on the impact of trauma in the lives of victims and the positive influence that a coordinated response has on victims’ recovery and wellness.