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 1st Half 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:

  • Trauma Informed Care and Stressor Related Disorders, June 9, 2020 and July 23, 2020
  • Walk Through the Maze June 9, 2020 and July 14, 2020
  • Human Trafficking, June 10, 2020 and July 9, 2020
  • Vaping Awareness, June 17, 2020 and July 15, 2020
  • Independent Living Program, June 18, 2020
  • Suicide Prevention, June 23, 2020 and July 23, 2020
  • Cyber Security, July 1, 2020
  • Opioid Awareness and Prevention July 22, 2020

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.
  • June 9, 2020. 11 pm – 12:00 pm [Register] Note: this starts at an earlier time.
  • July 23, 2020. 1 pm – 2:00 pm [Register]  Note: this starts at an later time.

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.
  • June 9, 2020. 1.00 pm – 2:00 pm [Register] Note: this starts at an later time.
  • July 14, 2020. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]  

Human Trafficking
Leslie Russell
Outreach and Education Program Coordinator, 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 Liamy
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.

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.

Suicide Prevention
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 who are suicidal. We will also provide the helpful resources for further guidance.

To register click on “Register” link for the date and time of your choice.
  • June 23, 2020. 12 pm – 1:00 pm [Register]
  • July 23, 2020. 11 am – 12:00 pm [Register] Note: this starts at an earlier time.

Cyber Security
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.

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.

National CASA/GAL Association
What is Cultural Awareness (Parts 1 and 2) 
Presented by Professor Shari Lynn Johnson, BSSW

Cultural awareness is core to the work we do. An inclusive CASA/GAL network helps us better understand and promote the well-being of the children and families we serve. As a Network we are committed to promoting cultural competence among staff and volunteers, reducing disproportionality and ensuring equitable outcomes for all children regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation and zip code.

Topics to be covered in the series include: 

  • What is cultural awareness – diversity, equity and inclusion; biases and micro-aggressions
  • Understanding self in relationship to the children and families we serve
  • Considerations when interacting across differences
  • Role of social justice in the our work
  • Infusion of allyship into our work (defined as: lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people)  
When: Monday, June 1, 2020 (Part 1) 

 Monday, June 15, 2020 (Part 2) 

Time: 1-2:30 PM PT/2-3:30 PM MT/3-4:30 PM CT/4-5:30 PM ET 

Cost: Free of charge 

To register:  

Part 1: https://nationalcasagal.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oMbmlokVSjmHW9yphKs7pQ 

Part 2: https://nationalcasagal.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NuogPAncQneF4HxDjcsh6A 

When completing the registration form:
  • In the Organization field enter: YOUR PROGRAM’S NAME
  • Under I am a, choose CASA/GAL Volunteer
  • Number of in-service credit hours: Part 1 = 1.5 hours; Part 2 = 1.5 hours
Please note: If you are unable to attend the live presentation, please contact (STAFF NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS) to request instructions on accessing the archived recording and handouts.

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