The Advocate’s Role in the Multidisciplinary Response to Child Abuse

The Advocate's Role in the Multidisciplinary Response to Child Abuse training is intended to fulfill the 24.0 hours of core training for victim advocates required in the 2023 National Children's Alliance Standards for Accredited Members. This training covers the twelve competencies set forth in those standards and will include evaluation of an increase in skills and knowledge in those attending the training. There is no cost to participate in this training.


If you have previously met the 2017 standard, for the 2023 standards you only need training documentation for:

  1. Cultural responsiveness and addressing the implicit bias in service delivery
  2. Caregiver resilience
  3. Domestic violence/family violence/children’s exposure to domestic violence and poly-victimization 
Target Audience

This training is appropriate for advocates who take part in providing the constellation of services to children served by a children's advocacy center (CAC) across the country. This includes victim advocates employed by the CAC, working at a partnering District Attorney's office, and/or staff of a community-based organization. Applicants should be advocates with less than five (5) years of experience AND who have not yet completed the 24 hours of training required to meet NCA Standards.

  • Sara Lee, MS, Program Manager - MRCAC
  • Michele Mullen, LCSW, Training Specialist - NRCAC
  • Christina Rouse, Training Integration Specialist - SRCAC
  • Salli Kerr, Training Specialist - WRCAC
This training will enable participants to
  • Demonstrate an increased knowledge of the unique role of victim advocates in responding to the needs of children and families
  • Understand strategies to engage and empower supportive caregivers in their own healing and support of child maltreatment/abuse victims
  • Increase understanding of multi-disciplinary team dynamics and implications for victim advocates as integral and active team members

This course includes four 5-hour sessions of live instruction via Zoom and approximately 4 hours of independent pre/post work to complete 24.0 hours total of instruction. This training will be offered four (4) times annually with different start times due to the national audience and different time zones. Applications will open one at a time. Please see upcoming trainings scheduled for 2022-2023 below.

Cohort #10 | Applications will open May 2023

Sessions will occur Wednesday and Thursday: 6:00am - 12:00pm HST | 8:00am - 2:00pm AKDT | 9:00am - 3:00pm PT | 10:00am - 4:00pm MT | 11:00am - 5:00pm CT | 12:00pm - 6:00pm ET

  • Session 1: June 21, 2023
  • Session 2: June 22, 2023
  • Session 3: June 28, 2023
  • Session 4: June 29, 2023

Cohort #11 | Applications will open August 2023
Sessions will occur Wednesday and Thursday: 4:00 - 10:00am HST | 6:00am - 12:00pm AKDT | 7:00am - 1:00pm PT | 8:00am - 2:00pm MT | 9:00am - 3:00pm CT | 10:00am - 4:00pm ET

  • Session 1: September 13, 2023
  • Session 2: September 14, 2023
  • Session 3: September 20, 2023
  • Session 4: September 21, 2023


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