CASA of Arizona

Training Opportunities
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Training Opportunities

There are excellent training opportunities in the community on the subject of the health and well-being of foster children that might be useful to volunteers. As we become aware of such opportunities we will post them.

Brown Bag Webinar Training Opportunities

Registration Information

The following brown bag seminars are available for Arizona Attorneys, CASA and FRRB volunteers are hosted by Court Improvement. We have moved to a new registration system. Anyone using the system for the first time will need to set up a user profile. The following are links to CREATE A NEW PROFILE INSTRUCTIONS and RETURNING STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS for registration.

If you have any questions about these training's contact Victor Machiche at or (602) 452-3525.

The Appeals Process

Dawn Williams, CWLS
Unit Chief Counsel for CFPD Appeals

A parent may appeal a finding of dependency or severance. An appeal is a request by the moving party to the Court of Appeals to find that an error of law or procedure occurred during the case and therefore the trial court must reconsider its decision. Dawn Williams will discuss the process and steps need for a successful appeal.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.

Drug Testing 101
Brandon Jorgensen
Regional Account Manager
Cordant Forensic Solutions

Drug testing options: The benefits and drawbacks of testing urine, oral fluid, hair and blood. What do the results mean? An inside look from a Lab located in Flagstaff, AZ.

To register click on the date of your choice.

ICWA 101 The Basics

Dawn Williams, CWLS
Unit Chief Counsel for CFPD Appeals

This session provides an overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), including its history, purpose, and major provisions. The BIA Guidelines and relevant state and federal case law are also addressed.

To register click on “Register”.

The Neurobiology and the Law
Dr. Michael Davis, Professor
Program Director of Administration of Justice and Paralegal Studies
Yavapai College

The rewarding properties of all drugs of abuse are due to disturbances in specific neurotransmitter systems within the brain. Eventually, these alterations underlie the behavioral loss of control associated with chemical dependency. These changes involve dysfunctions in higher centers in the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex, and manifest in compulsion and behavioral inflexibility. Specific drugs of abuse, such as methamphetamine, can cause rapid and permanent changes in these systems as well as neuronal damage and cell death. The recent surge in the abuse of synthetic cannabinoids, such as ‘spice’, and prescription medications has warranted significant research into their epidemiological, as well as biological, consequences.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.

Introduction to CMDP
Sara Park MD, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer
Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program
Department of Child Safety

This session provides an overview of Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP) at Department of Child Safety, including services they provide to children in the Foster Care System.

To register click on “Register”.
Local In-Person Training Opportunities

Strategies to Help with Regulation, from an OT perspective
Presented by:  Marti Smith, OTR/L  
Discussion on how the brain and body develop in regards to social skills, motor planning, and being able to focus. She will be discussing how outside factors can influence development. We will discuss what behaviors can be symptomatic of developmental delays and what strategies work best for remediation. Learners should leave the discussion with confidence to observe children with a new lens and understanding of the reasoning behind certain behaviors and what simple strategies can help them.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own  
Location:  Mohave County Sheriff’s Office – Training Room
600 West Beale Street, Kingman

Registration required: