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 for 3rd & 4th Quarter 2018 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 vmachiche@courts.az.gov or (602) 452-3525.


The Appeals Process 101: Introduction
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.
  • September 20, 2018. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]

Appeals Process 201: Special Actions, Petitions for Review, and Oral Argument
Dawn Williams, CWLS
Unit Chief Counsel for CFPD Appeals


This webinar will go beyond actions in the court of appeals to explore when, why, and how to file a special action from a juvenile court order (including getting an appellate stay of the order); when, why, and how to petition for review of an appellate decision to the Arizona Supreme Court; and some general tips and tricks for oral advocacy in both proceedings.

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

The ICPC: Applying the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children to Dependency, Guardianship, and Severance Actions in Juvenile Court
Dawn Williams, CWLS
Unit Chief Counsel for CFPD Appeals


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.

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”.

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 “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”.

Accidental vs Non-Accidental Injuries
Sara Park MD, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer
Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program
Department of Child Safety


This session explores various physical injuries and the forces and circumstances necessary to produce such trauma. The participants consider examples of skin injuries, head trauma, fractures, and other significant trauma and explore how medical staff determine whether the injury is consistent with the history provided by the care giver.


To register click on “Register”.

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