Designed specifically for those who serve on the boards of directors of CACs, the
Board of Directors Blueprint
is a four-module, self-guided training that is available free of charge through the
Module 1: The CAC Model
The module covers the history and structure of CACs, why they were created, how multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) work, and the challenges and benefits of the CAC model.
Hiring, Supporting and Evaluating an Executive Director
This module provides board members guidance in their roles when hiring, supporting and evaluating the often-challenging, and critical, Executive Director position.
Roles and Responsibilities
The module reviews some of the factors that differentiate CAC boards from other types of boards and the challenges that these boards face. Specific roles and responsibilities of CAC board members are discussed, along with helpful guiding principles and the habits of healthy boards.
Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Traumatic Stress
This module defines vicarious trauma and secondary trauma stress and focuses on understanding how working with child abuse victims can adversely affect CAC professionals and what the board of directors can do to support the CAC staff and MDTs—in addition to what can occur if these issues are not addressed.
Each module is approximately 30 minutes and can be viewed separately if you are just interested in one or two particular areas—or the course can be viewed in its entirety. (Certificates of completion are available if all four modules are completed.)
If you have any questions or feedback about these trainings, please contact Caroline Rossi at