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Child Well-Being

Ethics, Best Practices, or Both? Ethical Dilemmas in Child Welfare Cases for the Nebraska GAL

Margaret A. Burt (2011 Regional Conferences)

Description: Your child client who is in foster care tells you that his mother was drunk during the last home visit but does not want you to tell anyone because he wants to return home soon - what should you do? The foster care mother calls you and says that the police are at her
home and are about to talk to your child client, who is in foster care due to parental neglect, about some neighborhood burglaries - what should you do? Attend a half day session with relevant and practical discussion of actual issues that Nebraska GALs face in their daily practice.

Trainer: Margaret A. Burt is an attorney in private practice in Rochester, New York. For thirty one years she has specialized in the representation of children, adults and child welfare agencies in trial court and appellate practice. A substantial amount of her practice involves consulting and training for lawyers, judges, caseworkers and service providers all around the country in the areas of child abuse and neglect, permanency for foster children, the termination of parental rights, adoptions and trial techniques. She provides national and local training on such issues as the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Multi- Ethnic Placement Act, confidentiality, the representation of children and trial techniques. She also consults on legislation connected to child welfare issues.

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Complete this training for 3.6 MCLE credits and 3.6 Ethics hours!

Instructions for earning MCLE Credits for this On Demand training:

1) Download the following supporting material:

2) View the videos linked at the bottom of the description of this event.

3) When you're finished, click here to fill out an Attestation of Completion and pay the $15 fee.

*Questions about how to receive credit for this training or use this website? Please contact Melissa Townsend.

*Questions about the content of the training? Please contact Vicky Weisz and your question(s) will be forwarded to the trainer.

*MCLE Activity ID: 61811

The Hallmarks of Effective, Ethical Representation of Very Young Children in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

Candice L. Maze, J.D. (2011 Lecture Series)

Description:This three-hour training will focus on what every lawyer should know about very young children in dependency proceedings, how best to fulfill the child advocacy role in the context of early child development and ethical challenges and considerations when representing infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Both lecture and case studies will be used to ensure a dynamic and interactive training.

Trainer: Candice L. Maze, JD has worked for more than a decade in the child welfare arena. A lawyer and president of Maze Consulting, Inc., Ms. Maze provides targeted training, programmatic consultation, strategic planning and meeting facilitation, publication development, project management and data analysis for courts, agencies and organizations that interface with the child welfare system. She has previously served as Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance, Executive Director of the Dependency Court Intervention Program for Family Violence, Program Director of Lawyers for Children America, Inc. (Miami office) and Staff Attorney for the Miami Guardian Ad Litem Program. Ms. Maze has authored and co-authored a variety of publications and presents locally and nationally on topics related to improving practice, systems and outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two daughters.

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Videos of the Session - From Lexington
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Complete this training for 2.5 MCLE credits!

Instructions for earning MCLE Credits for this On Demand training:

1) Download the following supporting material:

2) View the videos linked at the bottom of the description of this event.

3) When you're finished, click here to fill out an Attestation of Completion and pay the $10 fee.

*Questions about how to receive credit for this training or use this website? Please contact Melissa Townsend.

*Questions about the content of the training? Please contact Vicky Weisz and your question(s) will be forwarded to the trainer.

*MCLE Activity ID: 61814

Children's Sexual Behavior: What's Common, What's Concerning, and What to Do?

Jane F. Silovsky, Ph.D. (2011 Regional Conference)

Description:Sexual development begins in infancy and children demonstrate a range of sexual behavior. Children can also demonstrate problematic sexual behavior and it can be challenging to distinguish typical from problematic sexual behavior. The workshop will provide an overview typical sexual development and guidelines for identifying sexual behavior problems (SBP). There are common myths about children with SBP. This presentation will address the research that dispels these myths and provide an overview of qualities evidence based services for these youths. Information about an OJJDP funded program designed for these families in Nebraska will be briefly discussed.

Trainer: Jane F. Silovsky, PhD, Associate Professor, is a clinical child psychologist and the Associate Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Silovsky received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Since 1997, she has been the Director of the Children with Sexual Behavior Problems program, an assessment, treatment, and research program for preschool and school age children with sexual behavior problems. Dr. Silovsky's research is in the area of treatment outcome and program evaluation of services for children affected by child maltreatment. One of her major research interest is sexual behavior problems of young children, and she has published on preschool and school age children with sexual behavior problems.

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Complete this training for 1.2 MCLE credits!

Instructions for earning MCLE Credits for this On Demand training:

1) Download the following supporting material:

2) View the videos linked at the bottom of the description of this event.

3) When you're finished, click here to fill out an Attestation of Completion and pay the $5 fee.

*Questions about how to receive credit for this training or use this website? Please contact Melissa Townsend.

*Questions about the content of the training? Please contact Vicky Weisz and your question(s) will be forwarded to the trainer.

*MCLE Activity ID: 64226