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.

Substance Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment: Making the Right the Decisions

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

How can we help families in recovery? How do we hinder families in recovery? Over the past decade, the treatment of substance use disorder has entered a new phase in which medications can play a vital role in recovery. This webinar will discuss how advancements in pharmacotherapy can support and augment traditional evidence-based treatment practices for opioid dependence. The presenter will discuss current myths, opinions and biases and the environment of addiction treatment. In addition, she will outline the psychopharmacology of opioid dependence and provide an overview of each medication, its indication, to whom it is administered, and how it works.

To register click on the date and time of your choice.

  • February 23, 2017. 10:30 am – 11:30 am [Register]
  • February 23, 2017 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]

The Neurobiology of Addiction
James Stoehr, Ph.D.
Midwestern University

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.

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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”.

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

Ongoing Training and Event Calendar: various training opportunities throughout Arizona More info
Ongoing Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA): Free behavioral health trainings open to the community More info
Ongoing Cenpatico of Arizona: Weekly Events Calendar for behavioral health trainings More info
Ongoing Magellan Health Services: Various online courses. More info