CASA of Arizona

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.

Brown Bag Webinars for 1st Half of 2019 [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.

If you have any questions about these training's contact Victor Machiche at vmachiche@courts.az.gov or (602) 452-3525.

Sorted by date:

  • ICPC, January 17, 2019
  • Intro to CMDP, January 24, 2019
  • The Neurobiology and the Law, January 29, 2019 March 5, 2019
  • ICWA 101, The Basics, February 21, 2018 and April 29, 2019
  • Drug Testing 101, February 27, 2019 and April 23, 2019
  • Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, March 7, 2019 and April 3, 2019
  • Accidental vs Non-Accidental Injuries March 14, 2019
  • The Appeals Process 101. March 20, 2019
  • Special Education Legal Assistance for Arizona Foster Youth With Disabilities, March 26, 2109 and April 18, 2019
  • The Appeals Process 201 Next Steps, April 9, 2019
  • A Placement-and Attachment A Legal Resource May 1, 2019 and May 6, 2019

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.

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.

Accidnetal vs Non-Accidental Injuries
Sara Park, MD, FAAP, Child 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.

Drug Testing 101
Brandon Jorgensen
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 the date 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.

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”.

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”.

The Neurobiology and the Law
Dr. Michael Davis, Professor
Program Director of Administration of Justice and Paralegal Studies
Yavapai College


The rewarding properties of all drugs of abuse are due to disturbances in specific neurotransmitter systems within the brain. Eventually, these alterations underlie the behavioral loss of control associated with chemical dependency. These changes involve dysfunctions in higher centers in the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex, and manifest in compulsion and behavioral inflexibility. Specific drugs of abuse, such as methamphetamine, can cause rapid and permanent changes in these systems as well as neuronal damage and cell death. The recent surge in the abuse of synthetic cannabinoids, such as ‘spice’, and prescription medications has warranted significant research into their epidemiological, as well as biological, consequences. 

To register click on “Register”.

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”.

Placement and Attachment A Legal Resource
Elizabeth Jacobs, Ph.D.
Faculty Emeritus
Adjunct Faculty, Psychology
Glendale Community College


For young children under the age of 5 years, every disruption of continuity also affects those achievements which are rooted and develop in the intimate interchange with a stable parent figure. After separation from the familiar mother, young children are known to have breakdowns in toilet training and their ability to communicate verbally. Thus, continuity is a guideline [for determining the placement and the process of placement of a child] because emotional attachments are tenuous and vulnerable in early life...This session will discuss guidelines for the laws on adoption, custody, and foster care that each child placement be final and unconditional, except where specifically designed for brief temporary care. 

To register click on “Register”.

Special Education Legal Assistance For Arizona Foster Youth With Disabilities
Amanda Glass
Equal Justice Works Fellow
Arizona Center for Disability Law


The project is specifically intended to provide legal assistance to Arizona's foster youth. The project provides a full-range of legal services, including the following types of assistance: Developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan that includes all necessary services, assistive technology, and therapies, Ensuring that a school follows the terms of a current IEP, Obtaining the appropriate evaluations or reevaluations in order to qualify for special education services and Providing know-your-rights and self-advocacy trainings to foster youth with disabilities, foster parents, guardians, and service providers. 

To register click on “Register”.


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