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. 

Note: In the second section of this page there are April Only webinars presented by Present Child Abuse Arizona in honor of April Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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:

  • Cyber Security, April 1, 2020
  • Trauma Informed Care and Stress Related Disorders, April 2, 2020
  • Suicide Prevention, April 7, 2020
  • Human Trafficking, April 15, 2020
  • ICWA 101, The Basics, April 15, 2020
  • Independent Living Program, April 21, 2020
  • Legal Aspects of Permanency, May 6, 2020 and May 27,2020
  • Importance of Cultural Awareness in Dependency Cases, May 13, 2020

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.


Trauma Informed Care and Stress 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 psycho-social and psycho-pharmacologic 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.

Suicide Prevention
Lucia Arteaga or Leslie Russell
Outreach and Education Coordinator, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

TIn 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 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.

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 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”.

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.

Legal Aspects of Permanency
Eileen Bond, Esq. (Retired)

In this presentation we will address the various permanency options and the legal guidelines. The participant will walk a way with the legal understanding of permanency in normal layman’s terms.

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

Importance of Cultural Awareness in Dependency Cases
Elizabeth Jacobs, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Psychology, Glendale Community College


Culture has been defined in a number of ways, but most simply, as the learned and shared behavior of a community of interacting human beings. Professionals in Dependency case need to be aware of, and sensitive to, cultural diversity, life situations, and other various factors that shape a person’s identity. Cultural diversity becomes an advantage when all involved in the dependency case expands its solutions and its sense of identity and begins to take different approaches to problem solving. The Ultimate goal is having the child in a SAFE home.

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

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona April Webinars [Download Flyer]
Wielding Your Inner Strengths: Building Your Personal Resilience
Presented by Claire Louge, M.Ed.

Life is full of challenges - big and small. Whether we’re facing major loss, a global pandemic, or just some atrociously bad traffic, life is constantly offering us opportunities to practice resilience. This training will focus on what it means to be resilient, and the qualities and practices that predict a person’s ability to thrive despite, or perhaps because of, challenges.

Register for this Webinar

  • April 1, 2020, 10 – 11:00 am

Connection Before Correction—Why Attachment Matters
Presented by Meghan Hays Davis, MAS, IMH-E 

Parenting is hard, parenting children with trauma histories is a whole different ballgame. This workshop will show how care providers can assess past attachment patterns that lead to negative behaviors, reinterpret those behaviors and provide relationship based guidance and parenting. Relationship based interventions to address trauma and behavioral needs will give participants tools to try at home.

Register for this Webinar

  • April 6, 2020, 10 – 11:00 am

Preventing and Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences
Presented by Claire Louge, M.Ed.

Childhood trauma affects later adult health and well being. This training will delve into the revolutionary Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study, an ongoing body of research study that demonstrates the link between early trauma and adult behavior. You’ll learn how to help those who have experienced childhood trauma build resilience through protective fac-tors and positive childhood experiences.

Register for this Webinar

  • April 15, 2020, 10 – 11:00 am

The Unique Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care
Presented by  Meghan Hays Davis, MAS, IMH-E 

Science and research tell us that young children have unique needs when faced with trauma and attachment disruptions caused by removal. Participants will gain knowledge about brain development; stress and trauma; attachment; how relationships can heal; and resources available to help.

Register for this Webinar

  • April 22, 2020, 10 – 11:00 am

Stress, Trauma, and the Trauma-Informed Approach 
Presented by Claire Louge, M.Ed.

How does stress negatively impact your life? This workshop will delve into the body’s natural response to stress, and use this as a lens for understanding the impact of trauma on human thinking and behavior. Participants will learn simple stress-reduction techniques they can use anywhere, and learn how to apply the trauma-informed approach to their work with people.

Register for this Webinar

  • April 29, 2020, 10 – 11:00 am

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