November 2015
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Quote of the Month
"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence." Jessica Guidobono


Other Training Opportunities

Interviewing Children on the Austism Spectrum: A Parent's Perspective
Presented by the National Criminal Justice Training Center
November 18
2:00 p.m.


Webinar to Discuss Human Trafficking Responses
Presented by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice 
November 17 
3:00 p.m.

Do You Know?
In the recent study,
Barriers and Facilitators to Detecting Child Abuse and Neglect in General Emergency Departments, results indicated that barriers to recognition of child abuse and neglect were:

A. Desire to believe caregivers


B. Personal biases

C. Skill gaps

D. None of these


E. All of these


Registration Now Open
32nd International Symposium on Child Abuse
April 4-7, 2016
The registration fee includes access to all Symposium workshops April 5-7; daily continental breakfast and lunch; Joe's Hospitality Room, "It's All About You" Band Party, and transportation between official hotels and Symposium venues. 
Pre-Conference Workshops are on April 4 and are optional. 
For complete details, visit our website.
New this Year!
Joe's Hospitality Room and the Band Party are both being held at a new entertainment venue called Campus No. 805 which is home to some of Huntsville's local breweries.
Be a Superhero!
Make plans to arrive early and participate in the NCAC Super Heroes 5K/1M and Fun Run on April 3. More details.
International Impact After 30 Years
Photo courtesy of WHNT-19
Huntsville's local CBS affiliate television station WHNT-19, interviews, NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin, about his perspective on how the NCAC program is still changing lives and making an international impact after 30 years. Watch the Leadership Perspectives videos.


CACs in the News
Madison County
Child Advocacy Center
Wood River, Illinois 
The Madison County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) held its first annual benefit event entitled "Harvest of Hope" on Friday October 9, 2015 at Willoughby Farm in Collinsville, Illinois. Instead of doing a traditional dinner, there were food trucks and even a dessert truck that served mini pies to the 150 guests in attendance. Harvest of Hope featured auction items to help the CAC raise additional funds.  The guests wore jeans and boots, and were able to tour the farm to see all the farm animals. While Harvest of Hope proved to be fun for those in attendance, it also had some time set aside to honor those in the local community who are committed to raising awareness of child abuse.
Photos courtesy of Madison County CAC 
Has your CAC been in the news? We'd love to hear what's going on with your CAC!  Please submit your news to
NCAC Out and About
Chris Newlin, Executive Director
Chris served as faculty for the "Multi-Disciplinary Team Response to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Training" in Seattle, WA and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, presented by Fox Valley Technical College's Missing and Exploited Children Training and Technical Assistance Program.
He also presented Emerging Issues Affecting CACs and MDTs for the CACs of Arkansas Directors' Meeting in Conway, Arkansas.
Chris was with Arkansas First Lady, Susan Hutchinson, and CACs of Arkansas Director, Stacy Thompson at the Inaugural Women of Inspiration Event in Little Rock, Arkansas. The First Lady is deeply committed to the Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas, based on her prior experience serving on the Board of the Benton County CAC. She truly understands the work done by CACs and also the dramatic impact of child abuse on the State's health and economy. There were over 500 business leaders and philanthropists at this outstanding event which raised significant funds for the CACs of Arkansas!
Chris attended two meetings in Montgomery, Alabama: Alabama Governor's Task Force for the Department of Human Resources and Alabama Child Death Review Committee. He is a member of each committee.
Linda Cordisco Steele, Senior Trainer
Linda presented at the Statewide Forensic Interviewing Meeting in Montgomery, Alabama and presented Interviewing Preschool Children at the Midwest Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
Andra Chamberlin, Trainer
Andra conducted Advanced Forensic Interviewing in Michigan and Forensic Interviewing of Children in Wyoming.
Kim Madden, Trainer
Kim conducted Forensic Interview Peer Review in Mississippi.
Michelle Marty, Healthy Families Program Manager
Michelle also presented at the Statewide Forensic Interviewing Meeting in Montgomery, Alabama.
Emotional Barriers to Children's Disclosure of Abuse: A Bibliography
This document lists many resources covering issues related to the fear of consequences related to child sexual abuse disclosure. 
Barriers and Facilitators to Detecting Child Abuse and Neglect in General Emergency Departments
Many victims of child abuse are often seen in general emergency departments (ED) for care without specialized pediatric services. Many health care care providers often fail to recognize child abuse and neglect and if they do, they sometimes fail to report it. This study explores general ED providers' experiences with evaluation, detection, and reporting of child abuse and neglect. 
Implementing Effective, Trauma-Informed Intervention
In order to provide effective, trauma-informed interventions, certain clinical competencies must be present at the agency level. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) seeks to advance the standard of care and meet the needs of traumatized children. Seven basic areas of clinical competencies are listed in their position statement.

To read more in any of these documents, enter the title in the CALiO™Collections search box to access the downloadable article.

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