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 [email protected] or (602) 452-3525.

Sorted by date:

  • Suicide Prevention, January 19, 2021 and March 23, 2021
  • Human Trafficking,  January 28, 2021
  • Cyber Security, February 2, 2021 and April 6, 2021
  • Intro to CMDP, February 3, 2021
  • Grounds: Termination of Parental Rights, February 8, 2021
  • Anti-Bulling, February 9, 2021 and March 17, 2021
  • Please Don’t Make Me Change Schools Again, February 11, 2021 and March 25, 2021
  • Successful Transition to Adulthood Program, February 16, 2021 and April 12, 2021
  • The Appeals Process 101. March 1, 2021
  • Vaping Awareness, March 4, 2021
  • Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, March 9, 2021 and April 15, 2021
  • ICWA 101, The Basics, March 18, 2021 and April 22, 2021
  • Please listen! Youth Panel, March 22, 2021
  • Protective Factors – The Effects of Domestic Violence, March 30, 2021
  • Appeals Process 201: Special Actions, Petitions for Review, and Oral Argument, April 7, 2021
  • The ICPC: April 20, 2021

Suicide Prevention
Lucia Arteaga or Leslie Russell
Outreach and Education Program 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.
  • January 19th, 2020. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]  
  • March 23rd, 2020. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]  

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.
  • January 28th, 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]    

Cyber Security
Ginnellie Gutierrez or Leslie Russell, Outreach and Education 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.

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” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • February 3rd,. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]    

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.
  • February 8th, 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.

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.
  • February 11th, 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]    
  • March 25th, 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]    

Successful Transition to Adulthood Program (AKA Independent Living)
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.
  • February 16th, 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]    
  • April 12th, 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]    

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.

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.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, Addiction and Treatment
Michael White
Community Medical Services

From 2010-2013 Maricopa County (Arizona) Drug Court attempted a detox to residential program that yielded 12% outcomes in "compliance" for individuals with opioid use disorder. Since implementing Medication Assisted Treatment
in 2015 our average of "compliance" is around 75%. We also have 90% follow up rates in our reentry rates from jail to treatment attendance. Discussed in this presentation will be state initiatives, state impacts, how Medicaid is closely tied to Opioid Use Disorder, explanation of Medication Assisted Treatment, and utilizing Collective Impact Model to support
system partners in Arizona.

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

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.

*** Special Engagement ***

Protective Factors – The Effects of Domestic Violence on the Home
Dr. Jon McCaine PhD

Dr. McCaine is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist working for Bayless Health Care Group providing didactic lectures and direct training for the core behavioral health staff as well as master’s degree interns and doctoral level practicum students in Social Work, Counseling and Clinical Psychology.

Dr. McCaine developed and implemented YSI’s signature Strategic Model of psycho-educational youth development, a cognitive behavioral intervention addressing youth with identified patterns of delinquent violence, sexual behavior, and substances abuse. As an identified expert witness in the forensic arena, Dr. McCaine provides courtroom testimony on antecedents of intimate partner violence and homicide.

Children are systematically confused and misled in abusive and chaotic families because the adults lies about or ignore what is happening. This session will discuss the effects of domestic violence on the home, abuse versus adverse home conditions and the impact of exposure to batterers.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • March 30th, 1 pm – 3:00 pm [Register] Note: Special Time

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.

Prevent Childhood Abuse Arizona
Baby CASA Training Series 
Presented by Becky Ruffner and Meghan Hays Davis, MAS, IMH-E®  

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. 
  • Essentials for helping young children heal and thrive
  • How the early years are unique
  • When stress becomes toxic

Part 1: 1 to 2:30 pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 Register for this Webinar

Part 2: 1 to 2:30 pm Thursday, January 28, 2021 Register for this Webinar


Advocating for Myself: A Guide for Dependent Youths Ages 12 to 18 
Presented by Amy Brandhuber, Jude Clark and Keith Hartsuck, CASA of Pima County  

Youths who are equipped with the tools to advocate for their own needs can feel a sense of control over their lives and futures that is so often lost when they enter the dependency system. Attendees of this workshop will learn how to create and implement an easy-to-understand guide for dependent youths that explains the roles and responsibilities of child welfare professionals and court staff; lists available resources; and connects youths with caring adults and activities. 

January 21, 2021 10 to 11:30 am Register for this Webinar


Care Less, Do More 
Presented by Charles Matheus 

We can serve families better and prevent burnout by promoting caring detachment. This workshop will help participants re-center their work on the clients’ experience so that they develop more intrinsic motivation and resources, and the caregiver is left with more energy. 

January 27, 2021 9 to 10:15 am Register for this Webinar


Leadership With New Strength 
Presented by Charles Matheus 

Circumstances are calling for a new kind of leader – one who creates inclusive, interdependent, equitable work teams. This workshop makes those new leadership tasks more accessible by sharing a simple, strength-based path to mastery. 

February 3, 2021 9 to 10:15 am Register for this Webinar


The A.R.T. of the Apology 
Presented by Rick Griffin, Community Resilience Initiative Director of Training and Curriculum 

Research indicates positive relationships build resilience that can mitigate trauma and toxic stress. However, conflict in relationships can cause considerable high levels of stress, which is trauma-inducing. Learning to apologize in ways that honor the science of trauma and resilience can be a powerful tool for anyone. A well-constructed, authentic apology can mend relationships, save jobs, and even overcome unconscious bias. This session will identify the three essential elements of any effective apology, and will give you a general understanding of how the process of apologizing works in various situations. 

This presentation is limited to 100 participants.

February 17, 2021 1 to 2:15 pm Register for this Webinar


Establishing a Strong Y.O.U.: Leverage your Influence to Give a Child a Strong Start 
Presented by Thomas Claiborn IV, House of Clai Ventures  

A child’s strong start begins with the strength of the adult in their life. Learn the importance of a personal paradigm shift and the simple yet sustainable steps to setting up the children in your sphere of influence for significance. Receive practical tools for navigating a child’s history to assist with your understanding of the gap you have the opportunity to fill. Walk through a series of personal case studies to leave with action steps to apply with one specific child in your influence. 

February 18, 2021 10 to 11:30 am Register for this Webinar


Restoring Trust 
Presented by Rick Griffin, Community Resilience Initiative Director of Training and Curriculum 

Broken trust has been a hidden barrier that has kept all of us from healing from past wounds. For individuals and groups to build mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines that honor and value each person’s humanity, we must heal from broken trust. In this presentation, participants will learn strategies to foster resilience within a family, organization, or community when trust has been fractured. These strategies will lead to deeper intergenerational and diverse community relationships that better reflect our common humanity. 

This presentation is limited to 100 participants.

March 17, 2021 1 to 2:15 pm Register for this Webinar


Understanding Trauma: The Power of Positive Relationships and Resiliency as a Method of Reducing Childhood Maltreatment 
Presented by Katie Mommaerts, LCSW, Sheila Hammer, LCSW, and Julie Fritzler, LCSW, Northern Arizona University  

With reducing child maltreatment as the goal, and ending child maltreatment as the dream, this interactive presentation will focus on techniques that teach relationship and resiliency skills. The workshop will include three key sections: trauma and ACEs; relationship- and trust-building; and identifying and managing compassion fatigue. 

March 18, 2021 10 to 11:30 am Registration link to come


Beyond Behavior: Be Curious, Not Furious 
Presented by Rick Griffin, Community Resilience Initiative Director of Training and Curriculum 

The struggle in helping individuals manage their behavior better is to understand why they are doing what they are doing. It’s easy to become angry when individuals begin to exhibit acting out behavior. We jump to conclusions and assume they are angry, defiant or hostile. But in many cases disruptive, even explosive behavior stems from a lack of skills that may not be apparent to parents, teachers, or employers. While challenging individuals let us know they’re struggling through some fairly common defensive and offensive behavior, they are unique when it comes to the combination of underdeveloped skills that can result in these behaviors. This session will help you to become “curious instead of furious” about the issues underlying their behavior. 

This presentation is limited to 100 participants.

April 14, 2021 1 to 2:15 pm Register for this Webinar


Consequences of Unaddressed Signs of Abuse in Early Childhood Education Settings: Why Prevention is Critical to Stopping a Lifetime of Trauma 
Presented by Paje Fair and Naya Carson, Superior Court of Maricopa County  

Signs of child abuse and trauma are commonly exhibited in ECE (Early Childhood Education) settings. 

Hear true stories of adults whose signs went unaddressed and now intertwine with mental health and criminal court. Learn how to recognize the signs, how to educate staff, and how to start a discussion with parents.

April 15, 2021 10 to 11:30 am Register for this Webinar


Our Girls, Our Communities: The Experience of Black Girls and Adolescents in Foster Care 
Presented by Jamerika Haynes-Lewis, B.A, Clever Jam Communications  

Through research and storytelling, foster care alumna Jamerika Haynes shares how societal stereotypes impact black girls and adolescents in the system. Attendees will learn about the significance of these experiences and what they can do to best serve girls of color during and after foster care. 

May 20, 2021 10 to 11:30 am Register for this Webinar


Teaching Arizona Youth to Speak Up: Results from a School-Based Child Abuse Prevention Study with National Implications 
Presented by Marisol Diaz, JD, Arizona State University, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, and Wendy Wolfersteig, PhD, ASU SIRC Office of Evaluation and Partner Contracts  

Learn about the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe (CSUBS) curriculum, which has been tested as effective in providing students in grades K-12 knowledge on child abuse prevention strategies. The workshop will present results and discuss how to keep children safe by implementing quality, age-appropriate prevention education. 

June 17, 2021 10 to 11:30 am Register for this Webinar