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To register for an upcoming Building Resiliency training, click here to visit the Upcoming Events page.

If you wish to request the Building Resiliency Training at your CAC, please review the information below.

CAC and MDT members who work with abused children often emphasize the importance of building resiliency in these young victims. However, they sometimes overlook the need to develop resiliency in themselves. If providers are unable to cope with the difficult situations inherent in their work, they are susceptible to vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. To maintain a healthy perspective, then, providers must learn how to build their own individual resiliency. But it is also the ethical responsibility of the organization to create an environment that supports and encourages this critical strength for the effective functioning of the CAC/MDT.

The goal of this training is to discuss the impact of working in this field, identify the five core elements of resiliency, and explore how they can be implemented in the CAC and on the MDT through the organizational resiliency model using policies/practices, communication techniques, and competency-based training. This training utilizes games, small group discussion, and reflection to encourage participants to apply the knowledge they gain to themselves and their teams. Participants will walk away with an action plan for building resiliency in their CAC/MDT.

The training is intended for all Children's Advocacy Center staff members, Multidisciplinary Team members who work with Children’s Advocacy Centers, or groups interested in developing the CAC model in their communities. 

Intended Audience: CAC staff, core MDT members

Facilitators: Maggie Devlin, Program Director, CACMI

Length: 4 hours

Location: On site at the requesting CAC or another local training space

Continuing Education: 4.0 credits offered for social workers and law enforcement professionals

If you have questions about this training program, please contact us at admin@cacmi.org or 616-228-4546.

The Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan gratefully acknowledges the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, for allowing us to reproduce, in part or in whole, the training entitled, Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations.  

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