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 3rd Quarter of 2020 [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: April 20, 2021 
  • ICWA 101, The Basics, April 22, 2021 

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.

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.

Prevent Childhood Abuse Arizona
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


Baby CASA Trainings 
Presented by Becky Ruffner, Baby CASA Trainer & Meghan Hays Davis, MAS, IMH-E® Program & Training Director 

Baby CASA trainings help Court-Appointed Special Advocates (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. 

Content includes:
  • Essentials for helping young children heal and thrive
  • How the early years are unique
  • When stress becomes toxic
  • Impacts of toxic stress on the developing brain
  • Best practices to improve outcomes for young children
Part 1: 11 am to 12:30 pm Thursday, April 22, 2021 [Register]
Part 2: 11 am to 12:30 pm Thursday, April 29, 2021 [Register]

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