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MDT Training Opportunities

Ralston House utilizes a multidisciplinary team response to child abuse allegations and includes representation from law enforcement, child protective service, district attorneys, medical team, mental health navigator, and victim advocacy support.  We offer several free trainings throughout the year.  Please sign up for our MDT Communication email below.

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2024 Training Schedule

Thursday, March 28 -Practicing Cultural Competency While Serving Victims

This training focuses on increasing awareness about intersectionality and racial and sociocultural trauma.  The training prepares providers to see trauma-informed services as racially informed, by understanding the complexity and uniqueness of the barriers minority groups face while receiving services and /or asking for help.​

Presenter: Ashley Mendez Ruiz, Longmont Ending Domestic Violence Initiative (LEVI)

Time: 11am - 1pm

Location: Westminster Police Department, 9110 Yates St, Westminster, CO 80031


Thursday, May 23 - Trauma, Stress and the Brain: Understanding the Stress Response in Individuals Who Have Witnessed or Experienced Traumatic Events

Individuals who have witnessed or experienced traumatic events (e.g. physical or sexual abuse, witnessing domestic violence, neglect, etc.) can respond in a wide variety of ways - some responses are predictable while others may feel unexpected. The same event that may leave one person visibly upset or distressed can have seemingly “no effect” on another.   Developed for prosecutors, police, therapists, victim advocates, teachers, human services and other agencies working with individuals with a trauma history, this presentation will provide information about the impacts of stress and trauma focusing on:


  • why individuals (including ourselves) may demonstrate specific behaviors/reactions 

  • how the brain processes and responds in various situations depending on the setting, persons present and the victim’s experiences

  • and, how our interactions can create opportunities for disclosure, safety, healing and connection


Presenter: Halley Gruber, M.A.Ed and Katie Lohmiller, DrPH. Co-Founders and Directors, Educational Access Group

Time: 11am - 1pm

Location: TBD

Thursday, September 26 - Case Study 

Presenter: Tyra Forbes, Chief Deputy District Attorney – Special Victims Unit, 1st JD

Time: 11am - 1pm

Location: Jefferson County District Attorney Office, 500 Jefferson Cnty Pkwy, Golden 80401

Thursday, October 24 - Medical Exams presented by Dr. Coral Steffey 

Presenter: Dr. Coral Steffey, MD, FAAP Denver Health Child Protection Team

Time: 11am - 1pm

Location: TBD

Case Review: 1st JD

Case review takes place on the second Wednesday at each month at the Jefferson County District Attorney Office.  This training is closed to the public.


The Sex Assualt Task Force meets the third Tuesday of the month in the 17th Judicial District.  Locations may vary. This meeting is closed to the public.

Medical Referral Form

Click here to request a medical referral form for your case.

Medical form with stethoscope

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

Ralston House is seeking members to join the Inclusion Committee. This group meets quarterly to review National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Standards. MDT members have a responsibility to identify possible issues with the child and family they are working with to better understand their unique needs. This information is necessary to effectively respond and to children and families that Ralston House serves.   Click here to inquire about joining.

Vicarious Trauma Resources

Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the first hand trauma experiences of another. Its symptoms mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Accordingly, individuals affected by secondary stress may find themselves re-experiencing personal trauma or notice an increase in arousal and avoidance reactions related to the indirect trauma exposure. 

Click here for more resources.

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