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Developmental Systems Theory and Children’s Advocacy Centers
April 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
What and how would an understanding of
Developmental Theory and Systems Theory help Children’s Advocacy Centers
Developmental theory focuses on how children move through infancy to adulthood. Some believe that this is a continuous process. While there are stages of growth and development, each child moves through any given stage in life influenced by many things around them.
Systems Theory holds as its premise that the whole is greater than its parts. For instance, a car is made of many different parts: wheels, engine, exhaust, etc. If you take each part separate, they are unable to perform the function that they have when part of the bigger car. These parts are integral to a car, however alone, they are just a wheel, an engine, an exhaust.
Developmental Systems Theory is an approach to organizations which likens the enterprise to an organism with interdependent parts, each with its own specific function and interrelated responsibilities. DST strives to increase more effective self-management skill in relationships, and to increase flexibility and resiliency within the organization.
This workshop will discuss the premise of Developmental Systems Theory and by examining your organization systemically, you will be able to create efficient processes and avoid practices with unintended, and potentially negative, outcomes.
CAC’s and MDT’s are unique systems whereby many of their parts (managers, forensic interviewers, attorneys, police, therapists, medical personnel) have differing goals and mandates. This can create a fluidity within the system and often times an imbalance.
Understanding the developmental process of your CAC and the many influences that can affect your system will aide in the CAC being able to adjust and strike balance within the organization.
This workshop will lay the groundwork for the offering of “Is your CAC a victim of Puppet Syndrome.
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