Family Advocacy 101: The Essentials of CAC Family Advocacy


This introductory family advocate training spans three (3) days and is the first of three (3) components that comprise CACTX’s Family Advocacy Core Curriculum. 101 is specifically designed for advocates who provide support services to children and families within a children's advocacy center setting.

Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to deliver crisis intervention, education about the investigation and criminal justice process, and ongoing support and help to connect families with resources. The curriculum addresses a wide variety of topics including the dynamics of child maltreatment, children’s advocacy center model, and roles and responsibilities of a family advocate as well as crisis assessment and intervention, crime victims’ rights and compensation, assistance with resources and services, and professional ethics and boundaries.

Format: This interactive program includes lecture on and discussion around current literature and research, review of applicable laws and standards, hands on activities, role play, and a panel of experts from the field.


September 12th 8:30am-5:00pm
September 13th 8:30am-5:00pm
September 14th 8:30am-3:30pm

Prerequisites: Current employment with or contractor of a local children’s advocacy center in the state of Texas.

Approval Process: Registering for this training 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 CACTX. 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.

Auditors: Supervisors of family advocates who wish to obtain a better understanding of the advocate role and tenured advocates who are seeking to sharpen their skills may audit this training. Auditors are given the opportunity to participate in all coursework.

CEU Credits: 18.5 Hours (LSW/LPC) Including 3 Ethics Hours


  • When

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Thursday, September 14, 2017

  • Where

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

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