The Building Resiliency in Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) & Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) training curriculum was adapted by the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers from the “Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations” curriculum developed by the Office for Victims of Crime. The purpose of this training is to strengthen the capacity of South Carolina’s Children’s Advocacy Centers by educating CAC staff and multi-disciplinary team members on the impact of working in this field and by promoting resilience-building on a team level. This training also assists CACs in meeting resiliency training requirements in the National Children’s Alliance accreditation standards.
CAC and MDT members who work with abused children often emphasize the importance of building resiliency in these young victims. However, they sometimes overlook the need to develop resiliency in themselves. If providers are unable to cope with the difficult situations inherent in their work, they are susceptible to vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. To maintain a healthy perspective, then, providers must learn how to build their own individual resiliency. But it is also the ethical responsibility of the organization to create an environment that supports and encourages this critical strength for the effective functioning of the CAC/MDT.