Formerly titled Introduction to Team Facilitator, this training is intended to support individuals and teams in understanding, developing, and sustaining the role of a Team Facilitator. Aimed at new and existing facilitators, as well as CAC leaders looking to grow this role, participants will explore the intricacies of the position and learn how to make it a valuable asset to any MDT.
Please note that this training is meant to serve an introduction to the role of Team Facilitator and offer some basic facilitation skills and techniques.
This training is designed for current MDT facilitators and CAC Directors or leaders who want to understand more about this role. Ideally, registrants will have an understanding of the CAC/MDT model and will have been in their respective positions at least three months. CAC leaders are encouraged to attend with their MDT facilitators; a special registration price is available for a team of two.
This training will center on four concept areas:
Understanding the Role: Despite the fact that this role has existed for quite some time, there remains some confusion as to its primary function. For many teams this role amounts to a clerical position that mainly serves as a means of transmitting information to the team, crafting agendas, sending reminders, and running case review meetings. While each of these tasks have importance, they often overshadow the real value a team facilitator can provide. The primary role of a team facilitator is to support and sustain a healthy and committed MDT. Facilitators have the opportunity to help a team develop a strong positive climate where MDT members can fully contribute their unique skills, knowledge and experience toward an effective collaborative response. This portion of the training will seek to re-frame the role of team facilitator and explore how this role can help an MDT to thrive.
Embracing a Facilitative Approach: Adopting a facilitative approach is often a shift not only for the individual facilitator, but the CAC itself. While many CACs express an interest in a more invested, active, and collaborative MDT, few take an active and intentional role in cultivating such a team. CAC leaders will be engaged in a conversation about this shift and explore how to ensure it is positively received by their team. From an individual perspective, facilitators will be engaged in a conversation about their personal approach toward facilitation, with the understanding that much of it starts with an understanding of one’s self.
Working with the Team: MDTs take work. Without appropriate care and attention, an MDT will eventually cease to function smoothly, if at all. To be successful, a facilitator must involve the team in the cultivation and activities of this role. From the perspectives of both the facilitator and CAC leader, this training will address how to engage an MDT, invite deeper involvement, and ultimately help members to take on responsibility for the team themselves.
Supporting and Sustaining the Role: While deciding to add the role of a team facilitator is a good first step, it requires more attention and planning if the role, and the individual in that role, is to succeed. Facilitators frequently report feeling isolated, unsupported and without access to others who understand what they are experiencing. Throughout this training, participants will discuss how to make sure facilitators get the support and supervision they need.
Greg Flett, MA is a Senior Program Manager at SRCAC/NCAC with over 15 years’ experience working with child-serving, non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. As Senior Program Manager, Greg collaborates with experts throughout the country to develop resources and training aimed at increasing the quality and accessibility of services for child victims. Greg has served as director of CACs in both New York and Colorado and has worked closely with MDTs across the United States. Greg enjoys working with MDTs to strengthen collaboration and to identify and address challenges, resulting in improved outcomes for children and families impacted by abuse. Specifically, Greg focuses on how teams can work more cooperatively by improving communication, clarifying roles, and developing partnerships that will accomplish shared goals. Prior to joining the SRCAC/NCAC, Greg served as an Outreach Coordinator for Northeast Regional CAC, providing training and technical assistance to CACs and MDTs throughout the Northeast region. Greg is also a facilitator of the more intensive Team Facilitator 2.0 training.
Participants will spend each morning of the training as a large group. Following lunch, facilitators and CAC leaders will be divided into smaller groups to address specific areas of focus. At the end of each day, the groups will be brought back together for some additional large group discussion and learning activities.
- Day 1: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Day 2: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Day 3: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Please note that all times are Central Standard Time (CST).
Training is located at the National Children's Advocacy Center, 210 Pratt Ave. Huntsville, AL 35801.
$49 for individual registration
$75 for a team of two (e.g., MDT facilitator and CAC leader)
Registration deadline is April 21.
Travel assistance is available to the first 30 registrants located within the Southern region. Assistance includes up to $350 reimbursement for airfare or mileage. Visit the Travel/Lodging Assistance page for how to obtain reimbursement.
NOTE: this training is grant-funded and therefore must be approved by the Department of Justice before taking place. Please DO NOT make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a final confirmation email from us that the training will take place.
Registrants are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms. A list of local hotels can be found here.
NOTE: this training is grant-funded and therefore must be approved by the Department of Justice before taking place. Please DO NOT make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive final confirmation from us that the training will take place.