The Children’s Alliance of Montana provides assistance to Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multi-Disciplinary teams across Montana. Current programs available for our members include:
Statewide forensic interview peer review:
Forensic interview peer review is crucial to maintaining the skills necessary to improve practice to conduct age-appropriate and legally-defensible forensic interviews with children. CAM has experienced forensic interviewers available to come to your community and provide feedback and suggestions to improve individual interviewing techniques in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. This peer review is available at no-cost to communities. To schedule a peer review in your community, contact the CAM Executive Director Brenda George at (406) 672-2136.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training:
TF-CBT has been found to be the most effective approach in assisting children who have been traumatized by physical and sexual abuse. Both beginning and advanced training is offered to mental health professionals on specific tactics for dealing with these children and helping them to cope. This training has been offered at low cost for professionals across the state. Please see the CAM Newsletter for dates and locations for TF-CBT Training coming in 2017.
Children’s Justice Conference
CAM and MCSART hosted the Children’s Justice Conference in January, 2016 at the Bucks T-4 Resort in Big Sky, Montana. This training was attended by numerous MDT professionals across the State. Thank you to Bucks T-4, our presenter and our committed and amazing MDT members who attended. Mark your calendars for next year
Children’s Justice Conference 2017 — January 18-19, 2017 at Bucks T-4 Resort
Law enforcement and Child Protective Services respond to numerous calls and complaints each year. All investigators are trained in basic investigative skills, however, crimes involving children require specialized training to be effectively investigated and prosecuted. Each year, CAM partners with other agencies across the state to bring in affordable investigative trainings for Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, and Prosecutors specifically related to crimes against children. For specific dates and programs, please refer to our training calendar or the latest edition of our CAM Newsletter.
CAM members are dedicated to providing the best services possible to the children and families we serve. Numerous trainings are conducted across the state by individuals and groups associated with CAM, and it is our goal to provide any assistance possible to help with these trainings. Specific trainings will be advertised on our training calendar, and can be accessed here (link to calendar). Though financial assistance may not be directly available, our members can offer valuable insight into funding sources, training dynamics, and the planning of trainings across the state. Please feel free to contact the board members for assistance in preparing for, and hosting trainings.
If you are interested in finding out more information about Children’s Advocacy Centers or Multi-Disciplinary Teams, or if your community would like assistance in starting a team, please contact the CAM Executive Director or any one of our board members. CAM can send a team to your area to help you start the process and provide information to help with the accreditation process for CAC’s.
CAM Annual Meeting:
Each year CAM holds an Annual Meeting for all members. CAM recently held our Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Children’s Justice Conference. At this year’s annual meeting, new CAM Leadership was elected. Please see our CAM Newsletter for information on next year’s Annual Meeting information.