The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is, and always has been, the heart of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) model. It is this collaborative response to allegations of child abuse that improves outcomes for children and families and for these cases, both in the child protection and the criminal justice systems. By bringing together all of the core professional disciplines involved in the investigation, assessment, intervention and prosecution of child abuse cases, we are able to ensure the strong, consistent fact finding needed to offset the many challenges inherent in these cases, while keeping the unique needs of every child and their protective family in the forefront of our decision making.
The CAC model has evolved dramatically in recent years – whether it’s the CAC facilities where services are provided, the way we receive and process intakes and offense reports, how we interview children to gather evidence, the methods we use for conducting medical evaluations, assessing and delivering the types of support and therapy families need in order to heal, or our approach to fighting for justice for these children in our courtrooms – we continue to find new, more effective ways to do this important work. However, as we have directed our attention to growing and enhancing all of these vital, individual components of the CAC model over the past two decades, we have at times failed to maintain a concentrated focus on maintaining strong, committed and highly functioning Multidisciplinary Teams. And yet, it is this piece of the model that everything else depends upon if we are to truly succeed in allowing these children to reclaim their lives.
For this reason, like many CACs across Texas today, the Dallas CAC is renewing its focus on strengthening its Multidisciplinary Team at all levels – beginning with a customized training that will bring together the Executive Team and the Front Line Managers of the MDT for a facilitated training that will address:
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMCentral Time
Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas1501 W. AndersonBldg. AAustin, Texas 78757512-906-2914
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