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 for 3rd Quarter of 2020 [Download Flyer]

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.  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 vmachiche@courts.az.gov or (602) 452-3525.

Sorted by date:

  • Grounds: Termination of Parental Rights, August 12, 2020
  • Walk Through the Maze: The Arizona Dependency Process, August 18, 2020
  • Opioid Awareness, August 24, 2020
  • Accidental vs Non-Accidental Injuries August 25, 2020
  • Please Don’t Make Me Change Schools Again: August 27, 2020
  • Anti-Bulling, September 1, 2020 and October 20, 2020
  • The Appeals Process 101, September 2, 2020
  • Cyber Security, September 9, 2020 and October 15, 2020
  • Drug Testing 101, September 17, 2020
  • Suicide Prevention, September 22, 2020 and October 21, 2020
  • Independent Living Program, September 24, 2020 and October 14, 2020
  • Human Trafficking, September 29, 2020 and October 7, 2020
  • Vaping Awareness, September 30, 2020
  • Appeals Process 201: Special Actions, Petitions for Review, & Oral Argument, October 6, 2020
  • Trauma Informed Care and Stress or Related Disorders, October 29, 2020

Grounds: Termination of Parental Rights
Dawn Williams, CWLS
Unit Chief Counsel for CFPD Appeals 

This session explores the grounds for termination of parental rights and best interests, including standards of proof, elements of each ground, and case-law examples.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • August 12, 2020. 12 pm – 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.

Opioid Awareness and Prevention
Lyamide May
Arizona Attorney General’s Office 

This presentation addresses the opioid epidemic in Arizona. We will discuss numerous topics related to both use of prescription opioids as well as illicit usage, focusing on prevalence, prevention, and support.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • August 24, 2020. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [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” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • August 25, 2020. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]  

Please Don’t Make Me Change Schools Again: The Educational Rights of Students in Foster Care
Joey L. Taylor
Foster Care Education Coordinator
Arizona Department of Education 

This session will cover the federally legislated educational rights of students in foster care, the programs that public schools must provide to support students in foster care, and how the child welfare agency collaborates to maintain school stability for students in foster care. Additionally, this session will cover the role that the court system can play in upholding the educational rights of students in foster care.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • August 27, 2020. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]  

Anti-Bulling
Lucia Arteaga or Leslie Russell
Outreach and Education Program Coordinator
Arizona Attorney General’s Office 

Addresses the different types of bullying, how it’s affecting our youth, and preventative measures parents can take. We explain why teaching kindness and being empathetic is important and the relationship it has with bullying. We also give tips to parents on how to help their child become resilient to criticism.

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

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 2. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]    

Cyber Security
Ginnellie Gutierrez or Leslie Russell
Outreach and Education Program Coordinator, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

This presentation covers general topics related to social media and some helpful information for parents. We cover Sexting, Cyber-Predators, Cyber-Bullying, popular apps and social media websites.

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

Drug Testing 101
Angie Jensen
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 “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • September 17. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]    

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 suicides. We will also provide the helpful resources for further guidance.

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

Independent Living Program
Barbara Guillen, MSW, Permanency & Youth Services Manager
Department of Child Safety

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.

Human Trafficking
Michelle Rucker, Outreach and Education Program Manager
Arizona Attorney General’s Office

Human trafficking happens in every community in Arizona. In this presentation we discuss the crime of human trafficking, how traffickers find their victims, and steps teens can take to protect themselves. We also provide real-life
examples of human trafficking in Arizona and explain what you should do if you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking.

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

Vaping Awareness
Tiffany Liam, Outreach and Education
Arizona Attorney General’s Office

This topic will focus on educating parents about the common myths and perceptions students have surrounding vaping and the use of e-cigarettes. Coordinators will provide information on the evolution of e-cigarettes and the dangers associated with the device and the chemicals people are inhaling when using them.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • September 30. 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.

Trauma Informed Care and Stressor Related Disorders
Sandy Stein, MD, Medical Director of Care Integration
Banner University Health Plans

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.