Our friends in Huntsville, Alabama, the National Child Advocacy Center (NCAC), has a Virtual Training Center (VTC), and they have added new courses.  

We are pleased to announce the addition of 8 new courses to our ever-growing list of online trainings available at the NCAC Virtual Training Center (NCACvtc)! Our newest additions are from the 38th Annual International Symposium on Child Abuse. There is a little something for everyone in the field of child maltreatment. While viewing these courses, keep in mind that you can join us live and in person for the 39th International Symposium on Child Abuse. More Information is available: visit the website here.
The NCACvtc is a learning tool for professionals in the field of child maltreatment. In order to enroll in these courses, you must have an account. You can create a free account at
The Science and Power of Hope

 (all disciplines)

Internationally renowned researcher, Dr. Chan Hellman, shares his insight on how the Science and Power of Hope can buffer adversity and stress; provide better psychological, social, and behavioral outcomes for children and adults; and can be increased and sustained by targeted interventions. The development of Hope can be applied individually, organizationally, and in our communities to overcome the impacts of trauma and adversity. This presentation provides individuals and organizations with the foundation for a shared language to use Hope in everyday settings.

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Presenting Evidence in Child Exploitation Investigations
(law enforcement) 
The use of evidence in child exploitation investigations is critical. The presenter shares techniques on how to use evidence in a victim-centered and trauma-informed manner while ensuring that the victim is treated with dignity and respect while always taking into account the investigation and prosecution. The presenter explains and presents this information through lecture, case examples and class discussion.

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Providing Culturally Sensitive, Trauma Responsive Victim and Survivor Services
(victim advocacy)

This training is designed to increase cultural competence for Child Advocacy Centers that serve American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families. Relevant research and statistics are shared to help participants understand the prevalence of trauma in AI/AN communities. The trainer provides insight into the impact of historical trauma on services available and provided to AI/AN families as well as recommendations for culturally sensitive engagement.

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The Role of Supervision in Developing Skills and Resilience in Forensic Interviewers
(forensic interviewing)
Forensic interviewing is a highly complex task. It is widely recognized that training alone is insufficient for changing long-standing attitudes and behaviors. Practice combined with regular, supportive, and expert feedback provides structure for continued development of skills, critical thinking, and job satisfaction.

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The People in Your Neighborhood: Working with Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Victims
(youth servicing organization) 
Experiences of LGBTQ+ child victims are discussed and strategies offered for a culturally sensitive response. 

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Communication Your Story with Data
The purpose of reporting information about your organization is to construct a narrative around that info. If you are using a case management system – like Collaborate – there is a deep well of stories that you can tell using data. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to outline your data stories, pull reports on them, and package data professionally.

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Crisis Communications Planning 101
A tornado, fire, violence in the workplace, the arrest of an employee or board member – every organization is vulnerable to a crisis. Creating your response plan now can save you time and stress. This session walks participants through an actual crisis scenario, do’s and don’t’s, and crisis plan templates.

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Reframing Childhood Adversity: Promoting Upstream Solutions


Guidance on reframing child adversity as a public, preventable, and solvable issue.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2020-CI-FX-K001 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.