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. 

Court Improvement Brown Bag Webinars
Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

Court Improvement Brown Bag Webinars for 1st Quarter of 2022 [Download Flyer]

Registration Information

The following brown bag webinars 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.  Watch step-by-step videos on how to set up a new user accountreset a password.or retrieve a certificate or transcript.

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

Sorted by date:

  • The ICPC, February 1, 2022
  • Successful Transition to Adulthood Program, February 15, 2022
  • Central Registry, February 23, 2022
  • The DCS Service Array, March 3, 2022
  • Walk Through the Maze: The Arizona Dependency Process, March 9, 2022
  • Trauma Informed Care and Stressor Related Disorders, March 23, 2022
  • Will I Ever See You Again? Attachment Challenges for Foster Children, March 29, 2022

The ICPC: Applying the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children to Dependency, Guardianship, and Severance Actions in Juvenile Court
Dawn Williams, CWLS, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Unit Chief Counsel
Child and Family Protection Division Appeals Unit

This program is designed to deepen judicial understanding of the ICPC, specifically when and how to apply it, understanding the role of the ICPC Compact Administrator, reviewing the purpose and content of the ICPC Regulations, and addressing common issues and pitfalls.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • February 1, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

** A Picture of Advocacy: Virtual Training 2022 **

Every Youth Needs Someone
Sharrica Miller, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

Picture a foster child as they experience a tremendous amount of instability shuffling from home to home. They have a constant fear and anxiety of the unknown, and a remarkable loss of security due to others making decisions about their life. Child welfare professionals and foster families often act with the best interest of the child in mind, but may be unaware of the emotional strain that foster care elicits. There is strong evidence to suggest that foster youth who have at least one loving, stable adult in their lives experience better life outcomes in comparison to youth who do not. The overall goal of this presentation is to highlight best practices for ensuring that youth are able to meet this goal as early in their foster care journey as possible. Part informative, part inspirational, this presentation will highlight Dr. Miller’s 12-year journey through foster care and provide a concrete example of the importance that child welfare professionals and others that work in this arena can have on the lives of foster youth.

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

  • February 12, 2022 10:00 am to 12:00 pm [Register]    

Successful Transition to Adulthood Program (AKA Independent Living)
Barbara Guillen, MSW
Department of Child Safety, Permanency & Youth Services Manager

In this presentation we will address the various options available for foster youth who will transition to adulthood. Barbara will provide guidelines for the program and new updates.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • February 15, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

Central Registry
John Gilmore, Esq.

This presentation covers the Central Registry, a database kept by DCS listing parents, guardians, caretakers and others who have had an allegation of abuse/neglect substantiated. The presentation will discuss how an allegation is substantiated and the rights and challenges to appeal a proposed substantiation through a dependency, criminal action, family law matter, or an administrative hearing.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • February 23, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

The New DCS Service Array – A Response to Family Needs, Culture and Readiness to Change
Victoria Mills, Sr. Program Development Specialist
Arizona Department of Child Safety

The agency has undergone a significant change in the way they deliver key services to families, both before and after the removal of a child. A new range of services has been developed to encourage growth in a parent’s behavioral, cognitive and emotional characteristics that go hand in hand with protecting their child. Victoria Mills will talk about the new placement matrix and show how, under the Family First Prevention Service Act, a child can receive services to avoid disruption. She will discuss how the new Nurturing Parenting Program and Family Connections provide services based on a family’s need and not a case status.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • March 3, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

Walk Through the Maze: The Arizona Dependency Process
Dawn Williams, CWLS
Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Unit Chief Counsel, Child and Family Protection Division Appeals Unit

This session provides a step-by-step overview of the Dependency Process, including its timelines, purpose, and major provisions. Dawn will take participants from the beginning when a report is made to petition filing to hearings to placement and all the steps in between.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • March 9, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

Trauma Informed Care and Stressor Related Disorders
Dr. Sydney Rice, Co-Director Childhood Autoimmune Encephalopathy Clinic
University of Arizona

This session will focus on youth trauma including prevalence, impact on normal development, parental risk factors, youth response to trauma, diagnosis and treatment of trauma related disorders. This will include discussion of both psychosocial and psychopharmacologic interventions. There will be a focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • March 23, 2022 11:00 am to 12:00 pm [Register]    

Will I Ever See You Again? Attachment Challenges for Foster Children
Elizabeth Jacobs, Ph.D. Glendale Community College, Faculty Emeritus
Adjunct Faculty, Psychology

An understanding of attachment theory is especially important for everyone who works with foster children because the children come into care with scars from abuse and neglect that affect their ability to trust and form emotional attachments to subsequent caregivers. Additionally, foster children with these scars in the child welfare system further reduces the child’s chance of having a meaningful relationship in the future. The purpose of this talk is to review theories of attachment as they apply to foster children, identify factors that contribute to attachment problems in foster children, and offer suggestions for changes to improve the child’s chance to develop meaningful future relationships.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • March 29, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    
Prevent Childhood Abuse Arizona

Free Baby CASA Webinar Training 
Presented by Becky Ruffner Baby CASA Trainer, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and Meghan Hays Davis, MAS, IMH-E® Program & Training Director Prevent Child Abuse Arizona  

This training helps CASAs advocate for maltreated infants and toddlers in the court to ensure their unique needs are met. It also provides CASAs advocating for older children insight into their needs and vulnerabilities.
 

Part 1: 12 pm to 1:30 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2022 Register for this Webinar

Part 2: 12 pm to 1:30 pm Thursday, January 20, 2021 Register for this Webinar