Training & Events

Call for Workshops

Do you consider yourself a local expert in the field? 

Is your staff or team doing something neat you want to spread to others? 

Have you been wanting to dissect a topic and start a discussion?

Do you want to support Michigan's children by sharing your expertise with other child abuse professionals from across the state?

We want to hear from you! MINCA is seeking workshop proposals for the 2018 Conference. 
This year's conference will be held on April 16-17 in Traverse City. The deadline to submit abstracts is November 17. 

Workshop topics may include, but are not limited to: 

forensic interviewing of children
investigation & prosecution of abuse cases
victim advocacy
cultural competency, underserved populations
MDT issues
therapy & counseling
vicarious trauma & self-care
dynamics of abuse


Contact Maggie Devlin at mdevlin@mivoice4kids.org or 616-228-4522 for more information or to discuss a workshop idea.

Below you will find information regarding speakers, workshop descriptions, and lodging for the 2017 Conference. 
Check back later for details regarding the 2018 Conference.

Thanks to all who joined us in Traverse City on April 24-25, 2017
for the  7th Annual CAC/MDT Professional Development Conference!

Many Cases, Many Voices, One Team

At its core, the Children's Advocacy Center model is about teamwork - bringing the agency professionals involved in a case together on the front end - and about putting the needs of the child victim first. Despite that notion, as a part of a CAC or MDT, it can sometimes feel like we all have different goals, beliefs, and desired outcomes. It can sometimes feel like we are in this alone.

As a part of a CAC or MDT, we are a part of something bigger. We are a part of a team - the very thing that makes this whole model work. We are a part of a nationwide network of almost 800 CACs across the country. We are a part of a movement serving over 300,000 children every year. The feeling of being connected to something bigger than ourselves can be powerful for resiliency. And while we are uniquely positioned to make a positive impact on the communities we serve, we often ignore the negative impact our work can have on us.

We hope you will join us in Traverse City this April and, as you are surrounded by hundreds of your colleagues, we hope it will remind you that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. We hope it will remind you that we are one team. 

Date: April 24-25, 2017

Time: Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm / Tuesday 8:15am - 3:45pm

Location: Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI

Registration Fee: Two-Day Registration $145, Late Two-Day Registration $175 (after April 10)


Conference Speakers

We are pleased to announce that Erin MerrynJim Holler, and Nancy Chandler will be keynote speakers at the 2017 Conference.  You will find information on the keynote and other national speakers for the conference listed below.

Erin Merryn is an advocate, author, and survivor of sexual abuse. After suffering years of sexual abuse and rape as a child, she broke her silence and found her mission in life. Erin began a crusade her senior year of high school in 2004 to end the silence and shame around sexual abuse by publishing her childhood diary as a book. Erin is now the author of three memoirs - Stolen Innocence, Living for Today, and An Unimaginable Act. Erin earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University in May of 2009. In 2010, she became the force behind Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires public schools to teach children personal body safety in school. She is traveling to each state capital testifying to lawmakers to pass the law. She has made it her mission to pass the law in all 50 states. To date more than half the country has passed Erin’s Law. In 2012, Glamour Magazine named her "Woman of the Year" and she was honored in Carnegie Hall before 3,000 people. People Magazine named her a "HEROES Among Us" in 2013 and one of fifteen women changing the world in 2014. She has made numerous media appearances including Oprah, Today Show, Oprah Winfrey’s Network, Katie Couric, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Fox, Nancy Grace, and Windy City Live. She has appeared in People Magazine, Time Magazine, USA Today, London Times, Glamour Magazine, Huffington Post, Cosmo Girl Magazine, among others. Erin lives in the Chicago area with her husband and 2 daughters. 

Chief Jim Holler served as Chief of Police for sixteen years of the Liberty Township Police Department in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Chief Holler is an internationally known speaker specializing in crimes against children and has trained and provided technical assistance to thousands of attorneys, judges, law enforcement professionals, medical, mental health and public health professionals, social workers, advocates and allied professionals both in the United States and internationally on a range of topics specifically related to crimes against children. Chief Holler became an Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator and has conducted pro-active internet investigations making multiple arrests for possession of child pornography and undercover chat related arrests for soliciting sex from a minor.  Chief Holler was the founder and board president of the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center in Gettysburg PA and past board president of the Wetzel-Tyler County WV child advocacy center in Paden City, WV and is the board chair of the Adams County Domestic Violence Shelter (Survivors, Inc.) in Gettysburg, PA. 

Nancy Chandler currently serves as a consultant to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia as well as the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. In December 2015 she retired as the Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, having served in that position for eight years. Prior to this service, she served for 14 years as the founding Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, the accrediting and membership association of the more than 700 Children’s Advocacy Centers across the United States. Before being asked to lead the national organization, Ms. Chandler served as the founding Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.  She was a member of Leadership Memphis and was a founding board member of the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers.  She currently serves as a member of the Children’s Justice Act Task Force and the Advisory Board for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.

Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT specialist in practice in Toronto since 1988. She is internationally recognized for her innovative work including numerous books on child and family therapy. Liana is frequently invited to give presentations throughout Canada and abroad. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.

Additional speaker information will be available on our Conference Schedule Page
under the speaker tab

Conference Sponsors

We are thankful for the support of the sponsors listed below. In addition to presentation support from all sponsors, additional funding was received from the Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. Points of view in this document do not necessarily represent the official position of our sponsors.


Conference Center & Lodging

UPDATE: As of 3/12/17, the Grand Traverse Resort can no longer take online reservations for the conference room block. If you try to reserve a room online, you will get a message that the block is full. If you still need to make reservations, please call 800-968-7352 and mention the group code "MINCA17" to get the special rate.

The conference will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan. 

Situated on 900 acres in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula along the shores of Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay, the resort is located six miles northeast of Traverse City and ten minutes from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport. The resort features a variety of recreation offerings, including: five indoor and four outdoor tennis courts, two indoor and two outdoor swimming pools, a beach club, an upscale shopping gallery with a world-class spa, diverse restaurants and lounges, and live entertainment nightly.

Hotel rooms for conference attendees will be at the federal per diem rate.  However, there is a resort fee that will add approximately $10 to overnight lodging rates.  Grant funding can be used for lodging, as taxes and fees are not considered when determining per diem rates. 

The room block will close on April 2, 2017 so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible.

To make lodging arrangements: 

Click Here or on the picture above to make your reservations online.

You may also call the Grand Traverse Resort at 800-968-7352 to make your reservation.  

Please mention the code "MINCA17" to receive the conference rates.

Directions to the Grand Traverse Resort

You may use the interactive map below to obtain directions to the conference center.  Just click on the location icon to obtain driving directions to the Grand Traverse Resort.

Continuing Education Credits

The courses offered at the 2017 Conference have been approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. 
The courses offered at the 2017 Conference will be submitted to the MCOLES Network and use of 302 Training Funds will be allowed.

The maximum number of credits that may be earned at the 2017 Conference is 12.0 CE hours.


Session Handouts

You will find handouts that have been provided by presenters attached to the respective sessions in the interactive schedule/mobile app.  If any of the sessions you plan to attend have handouts attached, you should download/print out the handouts to bring with you to the conference. Click the link below to go to the interactive schedule/mobile app to view sessions and handouts.

 Conference Session Handouts  Interactive Schedule & Mobile Web App
Handouts for this conference will be posted to the mobile web app and the interactive schedule page. They will be posted under each session if the speaker for that session has provided handouts. For security of handouts, conference attendees will need to create a free account in the mobile app or interactive schedule to be able to see the handouts and download them to mobile devices or computers for printing. In order to access all handouts, you will need to have created an account in the interactive schedule or mobile app as indicated to the left. Click on the icon to the left or the link above to go to the interactive schedule and mobile app page.

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