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Episode 7 - Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias

NRCAC Team Talk

Release Date: 10/15/2019

Episode 32 - Moving Beyond Case Review show art Episode 32 - Moving Beyond Case Review

NRCAC Team Talk

EPISODE SUMMARY: How do you define the role and responsibilities of Team Facilitator at your CAC? In this episode, Tony speaks with Sue, Vicky, and Brittnee on professionalizing the role of the Team Facilitator. They discuss the importance of the role moving beyond case review to having the role be viewed as more of a leadership position within the CAC. Furthermore, they share what was learned from a recent survey done as a collaborative project by the four Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers.    GUESTS: Sue Ascione is a Training Specialist at the Northeast Regional Children’s...

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Episode 31 - Multilevel Shared Leadership Model show art Episode 31 - Multilevel Shared Leadership Model

NRCAC Team Talk

EPISODE SUMMARY: When examining the multidisciplinary team response to child abuse in communities, there are two principles that I believe to must be considered. The first is that MDT’s are sophisticated and complex systems that are tasked with providing a coordinated and comprehensive response to child abuse. The second is that no single discipline on an MDT can adequately meet the needs of a victim of child abuse. One would think that such a system tasked with such an important mandate would have a clear leadership structure to ensure that the best possible services are being provided....

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Episode 30 - Science of Hope show art Episode 30 - Science of Hope

NRCAC Team Talk

EPISODE SUMMARY: We all see the word hope in the vision statements, mission statements, and even within the name of some of our organizations. But what do we mean when we are using this word? My guest for this episode will help put hope in perspective. As a “Hope Scientist,” Dr. Ashley Cross joins the podcast to speak to us about The Science of Hope. As her website states: “Hope is more than a feeling; it is a science and a healing agent. Hope can heal the brain, restore the soul and give life meaning. Since hope a science, this means it can be taught, learned and restored. Hope is the...

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Episode 29 - Board Diversity show art Episode 29 - Board Diversity

NRCAC Team Talk

EPISODE SUMMARY: Every Child Advocacy Center wants to create a space that is safe and inclusive for all children and families that walk through the door. At times, the process of creating that space and the conversations that need to be had to ensure such a space can be difficult and uncomfortable. In this episode, I speak with Gale Britton, the Board of Trustees President for Wynona's House, the CAC for Essex County, NJ. We intended to speak specifically about creating diversity within the entire organization. Gale speaks about the importance of clarifying the mission and vision of the...

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Episode 28 - Tele-Medicine Now and Post-Pandemic show art Episode 28 - Tele-Medicine Now and Post-Pandemic

NRCAC Team Talk

EPISODE SUMMARY: Access to medical care has been an ongoing challenge for many CACs. Whether it be a shortage of qualified practitioners, funding issues, transportation issues, or something else, many CAC leaders have been trying to answer the question of "how can we provide the children and families we serve with the appropriate medical services that will help them heal from the trauma they have faced?" While tele-medicine has been explored in the past, it has risen to the surface due to the circumstances all CACs were faced with during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, I speak with Dr....

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Episode 27 - Child Life Specialists and CACs show art Episode 27 - Child Life Specialists and CACs

NRCAC Team Talk

In this episode, I had the opportunity to learn about the Child Life profession and how it can be incorporated into the CAC world from Annie Drehkoff of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center.  Annie has a wealth of experience working with children and families and shows us how adding Child Life Specialists to CAC can have great value to the children and families being served as well as the entire CAC team.

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Episode 26 - Working with Children with Disabilities show art Episode 26 - Working with Children with Disabilities

NRCAC Team Talk

Children with disabilities may be a greater risk for maltreatment than children without disabilities. For many professionals in the child advocacy field, these cases can be difficulty because of a lack of understanding, knowledge, and basic skills to effectively work with a child with a disability.  In this episode, we start your journey of building basic skills needed to effectively work with the children with disabilities who come through your CAC and with their families.

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Episode 25 - Problematic Sexual Behavior: The CAC MDT Response show art Episode 25 - Problematic Sexual Behavior: The CAC MDT Response

NRCAC Team Talk

In this episode, Tony speaks with Jerri Sites and Jimmy Widdifield.  Both have extensive experience working with CACs and MDTs and have conducted extensive research on the topic of PSB.  Jerri and Jimmy share their insights and experience along with providing valuable tools for teams who are looking to enhance their response to PSB cases in their community.

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Episode 24 - Forensic Interviewer Skill Development with the National Children's Advocacy Center show art Episode 24 - Forensic Interviewer Skill Development with the National Children's Advocacy Center

NRCAC Team Talk

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Episode 23 - Elevating Your FI Program show art Episode 23 - Elevating Your FI Program

NRCAC Team Talk

Still searching for that elusive perfect forensic interview? In this second episode of our two-part conversation with Michele Thames and Christine Rouse, forensic interviewers from Virginia, we discuss the importance of leadership to the success of a forensic interviewing program.

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Conversations about cultural competency and implicit bias are difficult to have, but are crucial to effectively working on cases and within the MDT. Rashida Cartwright-Thigpen and Dr. Beth Reiman, Co-Chairs of the Cultural Competency Workgroup at the Children's Advocacy Center at Westchester Institute for Human Development, join us this month to talk about their work in establishing a committed, focused, and ongoing conversation about culture and bias in their CAC.

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Rashida Cartwright-Thigpen is an Assistant County Attorney in Westchester County, NY, and has been a practicing attorney for over 18 years. Beth Reiman, PhD, LCSW-R, is the Coordinator of Forensic and Clinical Services at the Children's Advocacy Center at Westchester Institute for Human Development, as well as an Assistant Professor at New York Medical College and an Adjunct Professor at City University of New York.

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Visit the NRCAC Website for resources, training opportunities, and more!

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Have an idea for a future Team Talk guest or topic? We want to hear from you! Email your suggestions to Tony DeVincenzo at [email protected].

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This project was sponsored by NRCAC from Grant Award Number 2016-CI-FX-K003 and CFDA #16.758 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice.