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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 Calendar

The Fall 2016 - Fall 2017 Training Calendar is coming soon. To be added to the SCAO-CWS training notification list, please contact Kate McPherson, SCAO-CWS Administrative Assistant, at or (517) 373-5322.

Upcoming Programs

Please click on the training title for details and online registration.                  
  • Feb. 10, 2017 - Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy
                             Bay City, MI
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  • Mar. 10, 2017 - Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy
                             Grand Rapids, MI
                             Registration will open soon
  • Apr. 07, 2017 - Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
                             Traverse City, MI
                             Registration will open soon
  • Apr. 27, 2017 - Court Report Training
                             Mt. Pleasant, MI
                             Registration will open soon
  • May 10, 2017 - Reducing Secondary Trauma and Practicing Self-Care in the
                             Child Welfare System
                             Lansing, MI
                             Registration will open soon
  • Jun. 14, 2017 - Advanced Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem "Boot Camp"
                             Livonia, MI
                             Registration will open soon

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