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MDT Training

Customized MDT Training

Better Together: An introduction to MDT development

In this new training, the Minnesota Children's Alliance and First Witness Child Advocacy Center will work with participants to explore the benefits of working a multidisciplinary model for children and families.

  • Build skills in identifying roles and responsibilities of team members
  • Examine how team roles change as the MDT evolves
  • Gain insight into team protocol development
  • Problem solve common barriers to using MDT

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Team development consultants

Marcia Milliken

Marcia Milliken, MA, is the executive director of the Minnesota Children’s Alliance. To this role, she brings extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams in a variety of settings, including child advocacy centers and sexual assault agencies. In addition to her history of collaborating across professional disciplines, Milliken blends the skillsets of various fields, having served as a forensic interviewer, advocate, training director and adjunct instructor for Child Advocacy Studies. Marcia specializes in support the development of strong teams through protocol development, case mapping and defining roles and responsibilities in high-functioning teams.

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is Program Director at the Minnesota Children’s Alliance, joining the organization after most recently serving as the Forensic Program Coordinator at First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth, MN. As a trainer, Rachel serves as national faculty for the ChildFirst® First Witness Forensic Interview program and is trained in multiple forensic interview protocols. Rachel has over eight years of experience working with victims of child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence both domestically and internationally. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Service, Sociology and Spanish at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Rachel is passionate about improving institutional and systems response to victims of violence by synthesizing the experiences and voices of victims on all levels of consideration and decision-making.

Jackie Halberg

Jackie is a forensic interviewer and training faculty member at First Witness. She is trained in ChildFirst© Forensic Interviewing Protocol. Before joining First Witness, Halberg was a correctional officer with the State of Minnesota for 10 years, She has worked with victims of domestic violence, supervising visits between children and their non-custodial parents at the Duluth Family Visitation Center, and served as a member of the board of directors at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs. Jackie has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the College of St. Scholastica where she earned two awards for excellence in research writing as a McNair Scholar, and has completed her coursework for her Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership through the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Lacey Smith

Lacey Smith is the Forensic Interviewer at the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. Before becoming the forensic interviewer, she was a Child Protection Social Worker for Stearns County Human Services for 10 years where she completed child protection investigations and forensic interviews. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Minnesota Duluth in Sociology and Psychology. She has completed Master’s level coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University. Lacey has a passion for working with children and always strives to put the child first. Lacey enjoys working with the team to achieve the best possible outcome for the child and family.

Caitie Dahl

Caitie is a Forensic Interviewer for First Witness Advocacy Center and is in the process of becoming a ChildFirst® Faculty. Dahl studied at the University of Wisconsin Superior where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Gender Studies. Caitie developed and conducted her Senior Research project to analyze different factors of confession tapes presented in criminal cases. Her background research also included topics such as memory errors (with a focus on suggestibility), coercive interview tactics, investigative integrity, factors contributing to wrongful convictions, and more. During her time at UWS, Caitie worked in the Gender Equity Resource Center where she assisted in developing and implementing programs addressing the needs of the LGBTQIA+ campus community, as well as providing education on gender and sexuality topics.

Laura Gapske

Laura Gapske is the program director, forensic interviewer and trainer at First Witness Child Advocacy Center, where she provides oversight to all programs through leadership, mentoring, facilitation of innovation, goal attainment, and forensic interviewing skills. She currently serves as the co-chair of the St. Louis County Mortality Review Committee for child protection services. Previously, Laura worked at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), where her role maximized the safety of victims who experience domestic violence by working to enhance and maintain an effective coordinate community response. She also works with Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC) and DAIP’s National Training Project.

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Marcia Milliken

Marcia Milliken, MA, is the executive director of the Minnesota Children’s Alliance. To this role, she brings extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams in a variety of settings, including child advocacy centers and sexual assault agencies. In addition to her history of collaborating across professional disciplines, Milliken blends the skillsets of various fields, having served as a forensic interviewer, advocate, training director and adjunct instructor for Child Advocacy Studies. Marcia specializes in support the development of strong teams through protocol development, case mapping and defining roles and responsibilities in high-functioning teams.

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is Program Director at the Minnesota Children’s Alliance, joining the organization after most recently serving as the Forensic Program Coordinator at First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth, MN. As a trainer, Rachel serves as national faculty for the ChildFirst® First Witness Forensic Interview program and is trained in multiple forensic interview protocols. Rachel has over eight years of experience working with victims of child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence both domestically and internationally. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Service, Sociology and Spanish at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Rachel is passionate about improving institutional and systems response to victims of violence by synthesizing the experiences and voices of victims on all levels of consideration and decision-making.

Jackie Halberg

Jackie is a forensic interviewer and training faculty member at First Witness. She is trained in ChildFirst© Forensic Interviewing Protocol. Before joining First Witness, Halberg was a correctional officer with the State of Minnesota for 10 years, She has worked with victims of domestic violence, supervising visits between children and their non-custodial parents at the Duluth Family Visitation Center, and served as a member of the board of directors at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs. Jackie has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the College of St. Scholastica where she earned two awards for excellence in research writing as a McNair Scholar, and has completed her coursework for her Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership through the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Lacey Smith

Lacey Smith is the Forensic Interviewer at the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. Before becoming the forensic interviewer, she was a Child Protection Social Worker for Stearns County Human Services for 10 years where she completed child protection investigations and forensic interviews. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Minnesota Duluth in Sociology and Psychology. She has completed Master’s level coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University. Lacey has a passion for working with children and always strives to put the child first. Lacey enjoys working with the team to achieve the best possible outcome for the child and family.

Caitie Dahl

Caitie is a Forensic Interviewer for First Witness Advocacy Center and is in the process of becoming a ChildFirst® Faculty. Dahl studied at the University of Wisconsin Superior where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Gender Studies. Caitie developed and conducted her Senior Research project to analyze different factors of confession tapes presented in criminal cases. Her background research also included topics such as memory errors (with a focus on suggestibility), coercive interview tactics, investigative integrity, factors contributing to wrongful convictions, and more. During her time at UWS, Caitie worked in the Gender Equity Resource Center where she assisted in developing and implementing programs addressing the needs of the LGBTQIA+ campus community, as well as providing education on gender and sexuality topics.

Laura Gapske

Laura Gapske is the program director, forensic interviewer and trainer at First Witness Child Advocacy Center, where she provides oversight to all programs through leadership, mentoring, facilitation of innovation, goal attainment, and forensic interviewing skills. She currently serves as the co-chair of the St. Louis County Mortality Review Committee for child protection services. Previously, Laura worked at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), where her role maximized the safety of victims who experience domestic violence by working to enhance and maintain an effective coordinate community response. She also works with Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC) and DAIP’s National Training Project.

Customized support for your MDT

We work with multidisciplinary teams one on one to offer customized training and technical assistance, including protocol development, case mapping, and more. Contact our team to request support now:

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