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 4th Quarter of 2021 [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:

  • Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI), October 19, 2021
  • Suicide Prevention, October 21, 2021
  • New DCS Service Array, October 26, 2021
  • Trauma Informed Engagement/Historical Trauma of Removal, October 28, 2021
  • Please listen! Youth Panel Discussion on Challenges for Foster Children, November 9, 2021
  • Walk Through the Maze: The Arizona Dependency Process, November 16, 2021  

** SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT **

Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI)
Bianca Harper, DSW, LCSW
Northern Arizona University

The Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI) is a statewide program that provides a wide range of free, specialized services to children who lose a parent (or caregiver) to intimate partner homicide. Our services include trauma therapy, mentoring, peer support groups, therapeutic wilderness-based trips for child survivors, intensive case management, assistance with Victim Compensation and Victims’ Rights, and other victim services to meet the complex needs of intimate partner homicide survivors and their families.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • October 19, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm [Register]   > Special Time < 

Suicide Prevention
Lucia Arteaga or Leslie Russell, Outreach and Education Coordinator
Arizona Attorney General’s Office

In this presentation we will address the teen suicide epidemic that is not only nationwide, but in Arizona as well. We will discuss what to do when someone talks about ending their life, tools that help alert us to the warning signs and learn about risk and protective factors for youth suicidality. We will also provide the helpful resources for further guidance.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • October 21, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

The New DCS Service Array – A Response to Family Needs, Culture and Readiness to Change
Katherine Guffey, MSW, Executive Consultant to the Director
Arizona Department of Child Safety

The agency is undergoing 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 help encourage growth in a parent’s behavioral, cognitive and emotional characteristics that go hand in hand with protecting their child. Katherine Guffey 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.
  • October 26, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

** ICWA REGIONAL TRAININGS **

Trauma Informed Engagement/Historical Trauma of Removal
Sheri Freemont, Senior Director - ICWA
Casey Family Programs

Recognize the historical trauma experienced by Indian/Native American people and the associated distrust and implications for helping relationships, particularly engagement with Indian/Native American families. Identify trauma-informed interventions when working with Indian/Native American children, youth, families and communities.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • October 28, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm [Register]   > Special Time < 

Please listen! Youth Panel Discussion on Challenges for Foster Children
Moderator: Barbara Guillen, MSW
Permanency & Youth Services Manager, Department of Child Safety

A Youth Panel that have aged out will give you their unique perspective on their experience in the Foster Care System. They want to work with you to help other foster kids to overcome obstacles and make this frightening process more manageable. The Foster Care Alumni of America Youth Panel discuss the difficulties and barriers they experienced while in the foster care system.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • November 9, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

Walk Through the Maze: The Arizona Dependency Process
Dawn Williams, CWLS
Unit Chief Counsel for CFPD Appeals

This session provides a step by step overview of the Dependency Process, including its timelines, purpose, and major provisions. Dawn will take the 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.
  • November 16, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]    

Prevent Childhood Abuse Arizona
Introduction to the Protective Factors Framework 
Presenter: Rebekah Prieto, MS

Let’s focus on what’s strong rather than what’s wrong. Participants will learn an overview of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework, an approach to working with families in a way that builds their strengths as a solution to their challenges. We’ll discuss what it means to work with families in a strength-based way, and come up with ideas for how we can build protective factors through our work.

9:00 -10:30 am Thursday, October 21, 2021 Register for this Webinar


Applying the Trauma-Informed Approach to Our Relationships 
Presenter: Rick Griffin

Learn more about how applying a trauma-informed lens can impact your interactions with yourself, your family, your colleagues, and your community.

12:00 -1:00 pm Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Register for this Webinar


Parental Resilience 
Presenter: Rebekah Prieto, MS

This course will delve into the Parental Resilience protective factor. Participants will learn to define and recognize signs of parental resilience, identify actions they can take to help parents build their resilience, and provide examples of program efforts that value and support parents.

9:00 -10:30 am Thursday, October 28, 2021 Register for this Webinar


Social Connections 
Presenter: Rebekah Prieto, MS

This course will delve into the Social Connections protective factor. Participants will learn to understand the value of helping parents and families connect to others, discuss ways to help parents make these connections, and create concrete plans for facilitating more connection in their communities.

9:00 -10:30 am Thursday, November 4, 2021 Register for this Webinar


Social Connections 
Presenter: Rebekah Prieto, MS

This course will delve into the Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development protective factor. Participants will be able to define what it means to have knowledge of parenting and child development, identify actions they can take to strengthen parenting, and create a plan to integrate these ideas into their work.

9:00 -10:30 am Friday, November 12, 2021 Register for this Webinar


Concrete Support in Times of Need 
Presenter: Rebekah Prieto, MS

This course will delve into the Concrete Support in Times of Need protective factor. Participants will discuss examples of how to provide welcoming, non-judgmental support to families, brainstorm ways to better connect families to resources, and learn to recognize the early signs of child maltreatment.

9:00 -10:30 am Thursday, November 18, 2021 Register for this Webinar


Children’s Social and Emotional Competence 
Presenter: Rebekah Prieto, MS

This course will delve into the Children’s Social and Emotional Competence protective factor. Participants will be able to list characteristics of children who are emotionally healthy and demonstrate strong social skills, learn ways to promote the social and emotional growth of children, and recognize how this protective factor is linked to preventing child maltreatment.

9:00 -10:30 am Thursday, December 2, 2021 Register for this Webinar