March 2018

Save The Date

7th Annual 
Children's Advocacy Day


Attorney General Alan Wilson
SC Network of Children's Advocacy Centers
Children's Trust of South Carolina


Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

11:30 AM
South Carolina State House
1100 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

      

Preparing for Child Abuse Prevention Month

The month of April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by Presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities across the nation to work together to prevent child abuse and create awareness for evidence based treatment. While we know that every month is an opportunity to raise awareness and help prevent child abuse, April presents a chance for communities around the country to pay special attention to this important cause.

If you haven't already made plans for CAP month, check out the following resources available from Children's Bureau, NCA, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Children's Trust of SC.


 

March is National Social Work Month

With so many social workers working within South Carolina's 17 Children's Advocacy Centers, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the often thankless work, dedication and commitment you put into protecting the youth of our state and creating safer communities. This month is an opportunity to educate the community about the social work profession and all the many unseen ways that social workers impact society.

We thank all the social workers across the state for the tireless work you do!


 


Building Resiliency in CACs & MDTs

The Building Resiliency in CACs & MDTs training curriculum was adapted by the South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers from the "Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations" curriculum developed by the Office for Victims of Crime. The purpose of this training is to strengthen the capacity of South Carolina's Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) by educating CAC staff and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) members on the impact of working in this field and by promoting resilience-building on a team level. 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 also assists CACs in meeting resiliency training requirements in the National Children's Alliance accreditation standards.


This training provides a great opportunity for CAC staff and MDT members to come together and discuss the importance of supporting each other and strengthen our system. The Network begins facilitating this training in March. If you wish to request this training at your CAC, click on the link below.


 Member Spotlight 

SCNCAC Welcomes Its Newest Board Member: Kay Phillips

As we welcome in the New Year, SCNCAC is thrilled to announce the recently elected member of the South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (SCNCAC) Board of Directors, Kay Phillips, Executive Director of Dorchester Children’s Center. This new board member was elected by the SCNCAC membership at the annual meeting on December 8, 2017. Kay’s vast experience and seasoned lens will undoubtedly help further SCNCAC's mission and promote growth.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to former board member, Meg Temple, who completed her term in 2017. We are so grateful to you for your contributions and fidelity, Meg!



 Research Corner


Transformational change in parenting practices after child interpersonal trauma: A grounded theory examination of parental response

“This project developed a comprehensive, explanatory theory of the dynamic process by which parenting changes in response to a range of child trauma, using a sample of parents whose children had experienced a range of interpersonal trauma types. Grounded theory analyses revealed a three-phase dynamic model of discontinuous transformation, in which parents experienced”:

  • Destabilization (disclosure, violated expectations, protective mode, making it better)
  • Recalibration (tipping point, begin to regain stability
  • Re-stabilization (continue regaining stability, experiencing thriving recovery)

“Parents were focused on Protecting and Healing the child victim, often at the expense of their own needs. Most parents reached a phase of posttraumatic growth, labelled Thriving Recovery, but processes that hindered this recovery are also discussed. This study provides the first evidence that dynamic systems of change as well as vicarious posttraumatic growth can apply to parents of child trauma victims. Generating an explanatory theory provides important avenues for future research as well as interventions and services aimed at families who have experienced child trauma.”

This paper and numerous other helpful resources, including all of NCAC position papers, can be found in the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO).

Citation: Cummings, J.A. (2018). Transformational change in parenting practices after child interpersonal trauma: A grounded theory examination of parental response. Child Abuse and Neglect, 76, pp. 117-128.


 Upcoming Events


Would you like to add an event to our newsletter calendar? Send us an e-mail.

March 13:

Pee Dee/Grand Strand Forensic Interview Peer Review Session (Durant Children’s Center)

March 14-15:

Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution: Beyond A-Z (Children's Law Center) Learn more

March 16:

Upstate Forensic Interview Peer Review Session (Julie Valentine Center)

March 16:

Brighter Future Conference (Spartanburg)-Learn more

March 19-22:

International Symposium on Child Abuse-(Huntsville, AL)-Learn more

March 22:

Lowcountry Forensic Interview Peer Review Session (Dee Norton)

March 23:

Midlands Forensic Interview Peer Review Session (Edisto Children's Center)

April 24-26:

NCAC Advanced Forensic Interviewing (Minneapolis, MN)-Learn more

April 30-May 4:

ChildFirst South Carolina (Columbia)- Register here

June 12-14:

NCAC Extended Forensic Interviewing (Hartford, CT)-Learn more

June 19-21:

ChildFirst EX-Expanded Interviewing Process-(Bentonville, AR)-Learn more

June 22:

SCNCAC Board Meeting and SCNCAC Membership Meeting

June 25-29:

ChildFirst South Carolina (Columbia)- Register here

July 25-26:

NCAC Forensic Interviewers at Trial (Huntsville, AL)-Learn more

Aug 10:

SCNCAC Board Meeting and SCNCAC Membership Meeting

Aug 14-16:

NCAC Victim Advocate Training (Huntsville, AL)-Learn more

Sept 18-20:

NCAC Advanced Forensic Interviewing (Kiawah Is., SC)-Learn more

Sept 18-20:

From Crime Scene to Trial (Bentonville, AR)-Learn more

Oct 12:

SCNCAC Board Meeting and SCNCAC Membership Meeting

Oct 16-19:

Charleston Child Trauma Conference (Charleston)-Learn more

Oct 22-26:

ChildFirst South Carolina (Columbia)- Register here

Oct 23-25:

NCAC Extended Forensic Interviewing (Long Beach, CA)-Learn more

Dec 7:

SCNCAC Board Meeting and SCNCAC Membership Meeting

Dec 11-13:

NCAC Victim Advocate Training (Huntsville, AL)-Learn more