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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.

Upcoming Programs

Please click on the training title for details and online registration.
  • Jun. 14, 2017 - Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem "Boot Camp"
                             Livonia, MI
                             For more information. please visit: 
  • Jul. 13, 2017 - Testifying in Court for Non-Lawyers (Child Protective Proceedings)  
                             Gaylord, MI
                             For more information. please visit: 
  • Jul. 27, 2017 - Opioid Addiction
                             Lansing, MI
                             Registration will open soon. 
  • Aug. 11, 2017 - Advanced Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem (LGAL) "Boot Camp"
                             Jackson, MI
                             Registration will open soon. 
  • Aug. 27, 2017 - Strengthening Courtroom Skills: Writing Principles and 
                             Effective Testimony
                             Port Huron, MI
                             Registration will open soon. 
  • Sep. 7, 2017 - Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act Training Conference
                             Gaylord, 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