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Administrative Hearings and Gomez vs. Saenz Decision

In this course, trainees will learn about findings in the Gomez vs. Saenz Settlement and implications for child welfare practice, civil rights issues articulated in the Gomez vs Saenz Settlement, steps to articulate rationale in assigning a disposition in an investigation, and general elements in an administrative hearing process.

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Concurrent Planning Processes and Implementation (County Specific)

In this course, trainees will learn strategies and skills for successful Concurrent Planning with families, understand the necessity for continued assessment of the concurrent plan at all stages of case progression through CWS, and recognize best practice solutions to common issues/dilemmas of concurrent planning.

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Court Room Drama: Advanced Testifying Skills for Court

In this course, trainees will develop knowledge and skills of testifying in a Juvenile Court setting.

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Courts Impact on Federal Eligibility

This half-day workshop, designed specifically for Imperial County’s child welfare professionals, will allow participants to understand the connection between the courts, federal eligibility, and what evidence and orders are necessary to keep federal funds flowing.

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Critical Thinking and Writing to Legal Scrutiny in CWS

This training is designated to prepare workers for these experiences by covering the following topic areas: judicial decision making process, how attorneys are taught to advocate writing to address mandates from the code and rules, and  knowledge of how attorneys are taught to present testimonial evidence.

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Division 31 Regulations

In this course, trainees will learn about the content of Division 31 regulations, the function and development of Division 31 regulations and learn how to help prepare counties for a State audit around stated regulations.

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Juvenile Dependency Statutes and Rules Changes

In this course, trainees will receive a yearly update on child welfare laws, statutes and court case decisions that impact child welfare practice.

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Measuring Outcomes in Child Welfare – Imperial County

This class will review Imperial County’s current Child Welfare Performance Indicators. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of how Imperial County’s data compares to comparable counties. Participants will have opportunities to formulate questions for future data analysis. Participants will leave class with ideas for research questions and will be able to identify data reports that will be helpful in improving outcomes.

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Multidisciplinary Practice with Social Workers, Law Enforcement and the Courts

In this course, trainees will discuss the importance of developing a multidisciplinary child abuse team that includes representatives of various disciplines, highlight the ramifications of the term “team,” identify the knowledge, skills and experience needed for creating an effective multidisciplinary child abuse team.

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What, No Gavel? How to Conduct an Administrative Hearing – for Hearing Officers

In this course, trainees will review different hearing types to include grievance hearings- placement, ICPC, denied assessments/exemption, etc. and contrast with Gomez vs. Saenz hearings, identify agency requirements as provided in respective hearing type codes and regulations to include client notification, rights, and the hearing process, and demonstrate the responsibilities and roles of hearing parties to include the hearing officer, investigating/assigned social worker, hearing coordinator, and client and/or their representative.

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What, No Gavel? How to Conduct an Administrative Hearing – for Managers and Executive Staff

In this course, trainees will review different hearing types to include grievance hearings- placement, ICPC, denied assessments/exemption, etc. and contrast with Gomez vs. Saenz hearings, identify agency requirements as provided in respective hearing type codes and regulations to include client notification, rights, and the hearing process, and value the hearing officer decision making process and recommendation requirements for various hearings.

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What is Required to Withstand Legal Scrutiny: The CWS Guide to the Courts 3 hour

In addition to their role as case manager and agency employee, child welfare workers who handle cases that come before the Juvenile Court are also expected to write written reports that document nearly every facet of their work and, when necessary, testify before the court. This training is designed to prepare workers for these experiences.

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What is Required to Withstand Legal Scrutiny: The CWS Guide to the Courts 6 hour

This training is designed to prepare workers for these experiences by covering the following topic areas: judicial decision making process, how attorneys are taught to advocate, writing to address mandates from the code and rules, and knowledge of how attorneys are taught to present testimonial evidence.

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