Family Advocacy 201: Enhanced Skills for Comprehensive Advocacy Services


This intermediate family advocate training spans two (2) days and is the second of three (3) components that comprise CACTX’s Family Advocacy Core Curriculum. 201 is specifically designed for advocates who provide support services to children and families within a children's advocacy center setting.

Participants will develop an understanding of trauma, trauma-informed services, and risk assessment and safety planning along with comprehension of the advocate role and other CAC services such as mental health and medical evaluation. Additional coursework includes an overview of the criminal justice and CPS systems, court education, support, and accompaniment, and protective orders. The curriculum is developed to provide advocates with specialized knowledge and skills that will equip them to offer a broader array of support services to children and their non-offending caregivers.

Format: This interactive program includes lecture on and discussion around current literature and research articles, review of applicable laws and standards, hands on activities and role play, and expert guest speakers.

October 26th 8:30am-5:00pm
October 27th 8:30am-4:15pm

Prerequisites: Current employment with or contractor of a local children’s advocacy center in the state of Texas and completion of 101 training at least eight (8) weeks prior to the start of 201 training.

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.

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: 12.5 Hours (LSW/LPC)


  • When

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Friday, October 27, 2017

  • Where

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

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