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Customized Training offered by oncac

ONCAC offers multiple training opportunities for our member Children’s Advocacy Center’s (CACs) and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs).


The success of a Children’s Advocacy Center depends largely on the effectiveness of its leadership. In a nonprofit organization, leadership begins with the Board of Directors. People are motivated to join boards for many reasons, but most who become board members never receive any formal guidance on the roles and responsibilities of boards. Board Boot Camp will help new board members feel more comfortable in their roles and will remind seasoned board members of the importance of their positions in the healthy functioning of the CAC.

This training will assist board members in developing an understanding of the nonprofit sector to include what distinguishes nonprofit from for-profit organizations, sources of revenue for nonprofits, and the life stages of a nonprofit organization. The training will discuss the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members to include ensuring healthy governance, leading strategically, ensuring financial stability, being an ambassador, and supervising and supporting the Executive Director.

The training is intended for all Children’s Advocacy Center Board Members and executive level staff.


“A goal without a plan is just a wish”. A strategic plan that is designed, adopted and implemented by an organization’s Board of Directors and staff is essential to ensuring growth and change and serves as a tool against which the organization is able to measure their ability to make a meaningful difference in their community through the work that they accomplished.

The goal of strategic planning is to develop a roadmap for a CAC over the next 3-5 years including key priority areas, measurable goals and an action plan for achieving those goals. This is a facilitation by ONCAC with multiple points of contact between executive level staff, Board Members, membership and partners.


The Multi-Disciplinary Team is the backbone of the CAC model and much like any team, needs intentionality, flexibility and trust. This training educates MDTs on the development and evolution of the CAC movement, the benefits of coordinated investigations to children, families and communities and the key indicators of effective teams.

This training is intended for both developing and established MDTs.


Explore a variety of investigative and interviewing strategies law enforcement officers can utilize in obtaining confessions from suspects in a child abuse investigation. This course will explore multiple forms of child abuse including child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and child homicide. This course will provide case studies from actual investigations as well as encourage conversation. This course will explore how decisions made by first responders and/or investigating officers can affect the outcome of an investigation and how important it can be to obtain a confession. The importance of working within a multidisciplinary team and the role of the law enforcement officer on this team will also be explored.

This training is intended for both First Responders and seasoned detectives.


CAC and MDT members who work with abused children often emphasize the importance of building resiliency in these young victims. However, they sometimes overlook the need to develop resiliency in themselves. If providers are unable to cope with the difficult situations inherent in their work, they are susceptible to vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. To maintain a healthy perspective, then, providers must learn how to build their own individual resiliency. But it is also the ethical responsibility of the organization to create an environment that supports and encourages this critical strength for the effective functioning of the CAC/MDT.

The goal of this training is to discuss the impact of working in this field, identify the five core elements of resiliency, and explore how they can be implemented in the CAC and on the MDT through the organizational resiliency model using policies/practices, communication techniques, and competency-based training.

The training is intended for CAC staff members and MDT members.