MDT Academy


This training is focused on the development and strengthening of MDTs and Child Advocacy Centers.  It is specifically designed for professionals from the essential disciplines who participate on the CAC/multidisciplinary team and wish to enhance team skills and relationships. In this Academy experience you will learn how to:

● Develop trust and teamwork
● Nurture team identity and commitment
● Help your team solve problems and make decisions
● Manage conflict and resolve differences
● Enhance investigative strategies and team operation in complex environments from first response throughout the case
● Map a typical child’s case through the system to improve investigative and treatment response

Multidisciplinary Team Academy is a three and a half day training designed to facilitate team development, enhance team skills and team relationships. Teams must be actively investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases. Teams must have core representation from Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement and Prosecution/DA. Other team members should include representation from Victim Advocacy, Mental Health, Medical, Team Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer or CAC Staff. Each team, consisting of 5 to 6 MDT members is assigned a facilitator to work individually with their team throughout the training.

Topics to be covered include:

Building team ground rules                                                   CAC standards

Case flow charts                                                                        Protocols

Policies and Procedures                                                          Team building

Team development model                                                      Conflict resolution

Roles and Responsibilities                                                     Team member orientation

Teams will come away from this training with:

  • a better understanding of team members’ and disciplines’ roles and responsibilities
  • how teams coordinate their efforts for more successful outcomes for children
  • how team members balance agency commitment with team commitment
  • an action plan of the next steps to further the development of the team and/or CAC.
  • an opportunity to create or improve their investigative process and working relationships with the assistance of a knowledgeable facilitator.

 The lead facilitator for this training is John Alderson. John is the Director of Resources for Change, Inc., a training and consulting group that provides customized training for multidisciplinary child sexual abuse programs. He has designed and delivered training for the U.S. Air Force and Army Family Advocate Programs, National Resources Centers, National Children’s Alliance, Regional CACs and many State Departments of Social Services, Law Enforcement, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. He specializes in working with teams and facilitative leadership.


For more information about the MDT Academy please contact Teresa Smith at: