First Witness Training for Advocates Working With a Child Advocacy Center

Training Overview

This training meets all essential components in the NCA Standard of Advocacy

First Witness Advocacy bridges the gap between individual advocacy with one victim and system-based advocacy that creates change for many victims. This is in contrast to more restrictive advocacy models that are based on delivering services identified by practitioners.

Through hands-on practice, participants will learn how to put advocacy principles into action, including conducting a focus group to improve programming, changing organizations and systems, and creating programs and interventions that meet victims’ needs.

Participants will practice skills for effective crisis intervention and advocacy, problem-solving, and decision making around the toughest issues in advocacy work.

Participants will:

  • Understand the principles of social change advocacy and how to use them in their work
  • Understand how societal beliefs and values impact advocacy
  • Learn and practice crisis intervention and counseling
  • Explore controversial issues in advocacy such as confidentiality, boundaries and neutrality
  • Learn how to create system change and facilitate focus groups with families
  • Learn about how to build child and family resiliency in the face of abuse
  • Learn how to create an advocacy-based organization and a community of advocates
  • Understand the advocate role and how to work within a multi-disciplinary team structure
  • Learn about the victim advocacy standard for National Children’s Alliance Accreditation

Who should attend:

  • Advocates working within a child advocacy center
  • Advocates working within sexual assault or domestic violence agencies who work with a child advocacy center
  • Directors or managers within child advocacy centers
  • Victim witness specialists
  • Any advocate working on behalf of survivors of physical and/or sexual violence and/or child abuse


April 12, 2021
April 16, 2021
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