National Children's Alliance Announces Launch of ChildVictimWeb

Monday, September 16, 2013

Multimedia, online resource to provide continuing education for professionals of various disciplines working with children and adolescents


National Children's Alliance

Washington, D.C.

National Children’ s Alliance launches today a new resource for child welfare professionals. ChildVictimWeb is a multimedia, online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children and adolescents who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. ChildVictimWeb is a joint effort between National Children’s Alliance, the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The online course is free of charge and provides up to eight hours of Continuing Education Credit Units for professionals. Included in the shared information are the prevalence and characteristics of different forms of victimization often experienced in childhood, their psychological, behavioral, social, and health consequences, and implications for practice. Other presented resources include: assessment strategies, an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, trauma-informed case management skills, and information about evidence supported treatments.

Development of this online learning resource was made possible through grant award No. 2010-VF-GX-K005 from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to the National Children’s Alliance. After receiving the grant in 2010, National Children’s Alliance and its partners worked together to develop this informative and engaging resource that provides best practices, training, and tools to a variety of professionals working directly with child victims of abuse, enhancing their ability to serve this population.

As stated by Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, “We are very excited to launch ChildVictimWeb and grateful for the support we have received from our partners and funders to make this valuable resource available to professionals in our field. It is our mission to empower local communities to serve child victims of abuse, and we believe strongly that ChildVictimWeb will significantly enhance professionals’ ability to provide the highest quality of service to victims of child abuse.”

To access ChildVictimWeb, visit www.musc.edu/cvweb. And for more information about National Children’s Alliance, visit www.nationalchildrensalliance.org.

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National Children’s Alliance is the national association and accrediting body for the over 750 children’s advocacy centers serving each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first, National Children’s Alliance provides support and advocacy to its accredited membership, as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals around the country, and the world. As the national authority on multidisciplinary approaches to supporting child victims of abuse, the purpose of National Children’s Alliance is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. Founded in 1998, National Children’s Alliance provides accreditation opportunities, financial assistance, training, technical assistance, research and education to communities, child abuse professionals and children’s advocacy centers throughout the United States in support of child abuse intervention, advocacy and prevention.