CACTX 2014

Facilitative Leadership Program Directors Workshop


This advanced leadership training spans two (2) days and is specifically designed for Program Directors or comparable management-level staff of a children's advocacy center who are responsible for day-to-day program operations.

Participants will explore positive approaches and strategies for building a collaborative team environment through the use of facilitative leadership skills.* Coursework is rooted in the belief that facilitative behaviors will allow Program Directors to effectively manage diverse and complex challenges as they strive to achieve consensus with their team. The curriculum addresses a wide variety of topics including the evolving roles of CACs and CAC leaders; cultivating a positive climate for participatory discussions and enhanced collaboration; communication styles and their impact on individual and group dynamics; effectively facilitating change and transition; giving and receiving feedback; establishing a framework for difficult but crucial conversations; understanding how language can shift mindsets and the way we work; incorporating a model for successful decision making and problem solving; and creating a safe environment that cultivates healthy staff growth and development.

*Strong facilitative leadership skills are essential to healthy organizations, group spirit and morale, fair and lasting agreements, and effective implementation of actions and plans. When people don’t actively participate in and own the solution to their problems, implementation is generally half-hearted at best. By creating psychologically safe environments and using facilitative skills, leaders can involve individuals in identifying and solving problems, planning together, making collaborative decisions, resolving their own conflicts, and troubleshooting proactively. Building this kind of collaborative environment also results in a sense of empowerment, shared responsibility, and increased loyalty in individuals that result in better outcomes.

Format: This interactive program includes lecture and discussion, hands on activities and role play, and peer networking.

December 7th 9:00am-4:00pm
December 8th 9:00am-4:00pm

Prerequisites: Current employment with a local children’s advocacy center in the state of Texas and supervision of multiple program staff members. *Priority will be given to applicants who have more than six (6) months of experience in a Program Director role.

Approval Process: Registering for this training offering does not guarantee acceptance.* Applicants will be notified of their final registration status at a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the start of the training.

*Offering quality, professional training in a classroom environment is a key priority for our organization. We feel this format is the most conducive to effective learning as it allows for small group activities, one-on-one coaching, and ample opportunity for Q&A. However, given the inherent size of classroom training, we have to carefully manage the registration process. Our goal is to ensure that participants have timely access to the training offerings they are in need of in order to do their important jobs effectively. In reviewing registrations, our process is to assess both the registrant CAC’s needs as well as the registrant’s completion of course prerequisites.

CEU Credits: No



  • When

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Friday, December 8, 2017

  • Where

  • Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
    1501 W. Anderson Ln., Bldg. A
    Austin, Texas 78757

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