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Training and Development

Child Welfare Services offers judicial, attorney, and field worker trainings targeted toward child welfare system improvement. The trainings are based on Court Improvement Program committee findings and are developed collaboratively with various stakeholder community agencies, the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Training programs are presented through various methods, such as webcasts, live onsite training, and summits.

Training Notification

To be added to the SCAO-CWS training notification list, please contact Kate McPherson, SCAO-CWS Administrative Assistant, at or (517) 373-5322.

Training Calendar

To download a copy of the SCAO-CWS detailed training calendar, please click here.

Upcoming Programs

Please click on the training title for details and online registration.
  • Mar. 29, 2018 - Testifying in Court for Non-Lawyers (Child Protective Proceedings)
                              Bay City, MI
                              For more information, please visit: 
  • Apr. 13, 2018 - Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy
                             Gaylord, MI
                             For more information, please visit: 
  • May 11, 2018 - The Opioid Crisis: Collaborating to Improve Outcomes in the 
                             Child Welfare System 
                             Warren, MI
                             For more information, please visit: 
  • Abuse: Identification, Intervention, Safety, and
                              Livonia, MI
                              For more information, please visit: 

Recorded Trainings

Viewing a recording does not qualify for a Certificate of Participation.

Click on the training title to view the recorded training.


Staff contact

Elizabeth Henderson
(517) 373-2621

Kate McPherson
(517) 373-5322

Shannon Thelen

(517) 373-2289