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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 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.
  • Apr. 07, 2017 - Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Intervention, Safety and Healing
                             Traverse City, MI
                             For more information. please visit: 
  • Apr. 27, 2017 - Courtroom Confidence for Child Welfare Caseworkers
                             Mt. Pleasant, MI
                             For more information. please visit: 
  • 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