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Embracing the Model: Cultivating a Facilitative Approach to MDTs

September 23 - September 24


Embracing the Model: Cultivating a Facilitative Approach to MDTs

The Maryland Children’s Alliance and the Southern Regional CAC have partnered to deliver a training experience designed to provide a deep understanding of the MDT model and to explore the important role team facilitation plays in cultivating a strong MDT.

***Participants are eligible for up to 7.5 hours of Social Work CEUs!***

Why: Multidisciplinary Teams are complex systems that require care and attention. A fundamental understanding of both the model itself and the role of team facilitator are critical if we are to support and sustain a healthy team. Well-functioning teams can enhance outcomes for children and families by effectively sharing and synthesizing information, reducing trauma, and developing innovative pathways toward safety, justice, and healing. Children impacted by abuse deserve the best team we can give them.

Where: This training will take place via Zoom. Camera and audio are required as per MCA’s Virtual Training Protocols.

When: This two-day training will take place on September 23 and 24 from 9am to 3pmET. Breaks will be taken throughout and one hour will be offered for lunch around noon.

Who: CAC leadership (EDs, Supervisors, Program Directors, etc.) and Team Facilitators are the intended audience for this training. Not sure who fills the role of facilitator on your team?

  • This is the person(s) who is focused on supporting and sustaining a healthy and stable MDT.
  • These individuals are often tasked with organizing and running Case Review, but can and should regularly support other MDT needs, such as navigating conflict, onboarding, connecting across disciplines, case coordination and cross training.
  • The role of Team Facilitator or MDT Coordinator is often performed by someone with one or more titles and responsibilities.
  • This role may be performed by, or shared with, the CAC Director, however a growing number of teams have an identified person in this position.


*While we urge participants to attend both days, we know schedules are busy. If you can only make one session, we suggest that CAC Leaders attend Day 1, as it will focus on the MDT Model and the fundamentals of facilitation. Day 2 will be aimed at learning and practicing skills to help put these concepts into practice. Facilitators will not want to miss day 2.

How: Unlike many web-based trainings, this will be an interactive experience where participants will engage with and learn from each other. Please be prepared to participate in an active learning environment.


Day One will focus on the MDT model and the fundamentals of team facilitation. Together we will tackle the following questions:

  • What is the MDT model?
  • Why is it essential to an effective response to child abuse?
  • Why so many teams struggle with the model?
  • What is Case Review: why it’s important…why it’s a challenge?
  • What is a Team Facilitator and what do they do?
  • How can a facilitative approach benefit an MDT?
  • How to cultivate and support the role of Team Facilitator and those in this position?

Day Two will address how to put facilitation skills into practice to build and sustain an effective team process. Some of the topics we will explore:

  • Things you should know about being a team facilitator.
  • How to build and sustain a positive MDT climate and culture.
  • Developing MDT ground rules and guiding principles.
  • Normalizing conflict and the important role it plays in collaboration.
  • Supporting healthy and effective communication.
  • Building a case review process that works for your team.
  • Self-awareness and Team-awareness, keys to effective facilitation.

*Materials, including a full training binder and other supportive resources will be provided to participants in advance of the training.*


The Maryland Children’s Alliance and SRCAC are excited to explore opportunities for ongoing peer support and skill development for facilitators following the training, as well as ways to share this and other relevant information with your Multidisciplinary Teams. SRCAC is also pleased to offer each participating CAC/Team Facilitator 2 hours of follow-up consultation and coaching as part of this training experience.


September 23
September 24


Maryland Children’s Alliance