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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.
  • July 11, 2018 - Testifying in Court for Non-Lawyers
                             ​(Child Protective Proceedings)

                             ​McCamly Plaza Hotel
                             ​Battle Creek, MI

  • July 12, 2018 - Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy
                             ​McCamly Plaza Hotel
                             ​Battle Creek, MI

  • July 13, 2018 - Case Practice Essentials for Child Welfare Professionals
                             A local collaborative training for Benzie, Lake, Mason, Manistee,
                             Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Wexford Counties

                             West Shore Community College
                             Scottville, MI


  • Aug 29, 2018 - Child Welfare Essentials and Reasonable Efforts Advocacy
                             Treetops Resort
                             Gaylord, MI

  • Aug 30, 2018 - Understanding Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress,
                             and the 
    Importance of Mindful Self-Care as a Child
                             ​Welfare Team Member

                             Crystal Mountain
                             Thompsonville, MI

Recorded Trainings and Resources

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