Below, please find a compiled list of online learning opportunities, fact sheets, and resources to aid you in continuing to provide culturally competent services to the children, families, team members, and communities you serve.

Click on each plus sign to see the resources in each category, then click on each title to open or download the document.

[toggle_box] [toggle_item title=”Free Online Training” active=“false”] Online Accreditation Bootcamp
Includes expert interviews; presentations by Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of the National Children’s Alliance; and supportive documents for each of the standards, including sample cultural competency plans.

Cultural Competency Issues in Forensic Interviewing
This webinar provides concrete examples and advice for conducting forensic interviews with culturally diverse children to elicit the recounting of the most accurate information possible.

Tips for Foreign Language Interpreters
This course will discuss best practices for interpreting child abuse forensic interviews, let interpreters know what they should expect in an interview on possible child abuse (content and process) and help interpreters avoid common errors that might invalidate a child abuse interview.

Providing Health Services to Victims on the Reservation (Archived from 11/20/14)
This presentation will focus on how to provide medical services to child abuse victims who live on the reservation.

Minimizing Miscommunication in Forensic Interviews (Archived from 5/22/14)
By understanding children’s abilities to communicate, a forensic interview can be linguistically sensitive to the child’s needs and be conducted in a legally sound manner.

Multigenerational Childhood Sexual Victimization (Archived from 4/10/14)
“Second generation” victimization, of children whose mothers were sexually abused in childhood will be explored. Discussion of research is presented, along with tools to engage clients and help heal this reoccurring trauma.

Dynamics of Spirituality (Archived from 9/26/13)
Strategies will also be given to help deal with religion and spirituality when it appears to be a barrier in the healing process and how therapists can be ethical and respectful in understanding and supporting the client’s beliefs.

Cases When an Interpreter Is Used (Archived from 1/1/13)
This presentation will look at the unique situation when an interpreter is used in the interview process and how to use the information gathered in the investigation and prosecution of a child abuse case.

Abuse, Behavior, and Communication
This presentation will focus on disability as a factor in victimization, person-centered practice, behavior as well as how to effectively communicate with individuals with communication disorders and or who use alternative communication devices.

Autism Behavior Checklist
Understanding and communicating effectively with individuals with autism who come into contact with the criminal justice system are necessary skills for law enforcement and social service personnel. The participants in this session will increase their knowledge of autism and abuse factors.

Communicating with Children with Disabilities Series
This series will focus on empowering team members with strategies to effectively communicate with individuals with disabilities.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Online Reading” active=“false”] Western Regional CAC – CAC Director’s Toolkit

Childhood Trauma Series in Indian Country
The Childhood Trauma Series in Indian Country will provide information about stressors, trauma responses, and effective treatments for American Indian and Alaska Native children and youth as well as their parents and other family members. This series is being offered by the Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and presented by Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD.

Children’s Advocacy Center Accessibility Toolkit
The CAC Accessibility Toolkit was created by the Children s Advocacy Center of North Dakota, working with a coalition of professionals from around the nation, to help multidisciplinary professionals better serve children with disabilities who have been abused.

Internet Safety for Children with Special Needs
Children with physical, developmental, and learning disabilities may be more susceptible to on- and offline risks, such as abduction, sexual exploitation, online predation, and cyberbullying. NetSmartz Workshop educates children ages 5-17 about these risks and teaches them effective strategies for protecting themselves.

Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth
The NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse committee has created a new video that highlights the effect oftrauma on LGBTQ youth, describes how bias impedes optimal care, and provides practical steps for creating safe and welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth.
[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Downloadable Documents” active=“false”] 2013 CALiO Bibliography: Cultural Competence

Adaptation Guidelines for Serving Latino Children and Families Affected by Trauma
Identifies key priority areas that should be addressed when adapting evidence-based practice, and mental health practice in general, to fit the needs of Latino/Hispanic children and families affected by trauma.

NCA Guidance on Cultural Competency & Diversity
Written by members of the Diversity Committee and the Standards for Membership Committee of the Board of Directors of National Children’s Alliance to help your CAC develop an effective cultural diversity plan.

NCTSN Impact (Spring 2012)
This Special Issue of IMPACT is devoted entirely to the relationship between culture and trauma. Includes sources of demographic data for conducting community assessments.

Working with Refugee and Immigrant Communities
This brief report outlines the main challenges faced by refugee and immigrant communities that may lead to an intervention by a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and provides practical recommendations to help CACs better serve these communities.

Do you know of other great resources? Please share them by emailing Jordan Benning at so they can be added to our growing list.