New Resources and Important Information

 
2020 PELICAN CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COURSE CATALOG
 
The course catalog of sessions currently offered by the Court Improvement Program from January to June 2020. Click to view or download. 
 
 
NEW COURSE! FUNDAMENTALS OF CHILD WELFARE - March 5th in Alexandria and May 14th in Shreveport
 
This one-day, interactive workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the Child in Need of Care (CINC) practice. Designed for a multi-disciplinary audience, this workshop will incorporate adult learning theory, lecture, small group activities and interactive practice using real case scenarios. Topics will explore constitutional, federal and state law, ethics in practice, child development and trauma in child welfare cases.  The ethics portion of this workshop will focus on practice as guided by the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys and the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have gained a greater understanding of constitutional, federal and state laws that govern CINC practice, the purpose of each of hearing; concepts of timely permanency for families; reasonable efforts to prevent removal and to achieve the permanency goal; ethical rules and regulations; roles and responsibilities of involved parties and the impact of child development and trauma on children and parents.  

Fundamentals of Child Welfare is an asset for improving the knowledge base of Attorneys, CASA, Child Welfare Staff, Social Workers and others who provide professional service, representation, advocacy and/or care for children in need of care and/or their parents. Those new to the Child Welfare profession, as well as those wanting a refresher, will especially appreciate this workshop. Registration is $25 and will cover lunch, refreshments and training materials. DCFS staff may attend with supervisory approval. DCFS Child Welfare Training Office will submit the names of all authorized attendees for registration. 6.5 general CLE hours approved, includes 1 hour each of Ethics and Professionalism, and 6.5 SW CEU general hours approved. Pre-registration is required in order to accommodate lunches. 

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    March 5th in Alexandria             May 14th in Shreveport

 
 

NEW COURSE! CULTURE S.M.A.R.T. - April 2nd in Alexandria and April 16th in Covington

This training experience is designed for multidisciplinary professionals who touch the lives of families and children in the Child Welfare System. It is developed to enhance the ability of child welfare practitioners to respond to the unique needs and differences of children and families of various racial and ethnic groups in ways that are culturally congruent to improve outcomes for children and families. Culture S.M.A.R.T. is an engaging experience that simulates aspects of what it is like to “walk in another racial, ethnic or cultural group’s shoes.” In the shoes of another person and come face to face with personal bias and perspectives and assumptions. This training helps us to build skills and knowledge of other cultures and identify opportunities for growth and development in a safe environment. Presenting cultural differences as a reflection of the way we solve similar problems promotes a sense of our common humanity, recognize we are all in this together for challenges in Child Welfare. Understanding this basic notion allows us to view cultural differences as a rich reservoir of solutions to real world concerns. Instead of looking upon cultural differences as things to be tolerated, we can relate to each other as cultural problem solvers with the same desired goals – better outcomes for children and families. Presenter: Patsy Wilkerson, M.A. Registration is $25 and will cover lunch, refreshments and training materials.  DCFS staff may attend with supervisory approval. DCFS Child Welfare Training Office will submit the names of all authorized attendees for registration. 5.0 general CLE hours approved, includes 1 hour of Professionalism and 5.5 SW CEU general hours approved. Pre-registration is required in order to plan for lunches/seating. 

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2020 ANNUAL TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE CONFERENCE - April 9th in Hammond

This dynamic one-day event will feature nationally recognized experts on childhood trauma and will equip those working with children in the child welfare system with the knowledge and skills necessary to foster resilience. Keynote presentations will build a trauma-informed practice framework and breakout sessions will target the  application of trauma-informed skills tailored to both professional and foster/adoptive parenting roles in working with children. 9 am to 3:00 pm on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus. Continuing education applications pending for CLE and CEU. $25 and includes lunch. Click for more information or to register. SPACE IS LIMITED - REGISTER EARLY! 

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE

Since July, 2005 the Louisiana Supreme Court Division of Children and Families has been collecting and maintaining information received from attorneys pursuant to this Rule.  This list is a compilation based on information submitted to the Supreme Court and includes those attorneys qualified for appointment as counsel for children in child abuse and neglect cases as of the day indicated in the update notice. It is the continuing responsibility of each attorney to provide documentation of his/her qualifications to the Division of Children and Families.  Any attorney who has not submitted, prior to January 31 each year, evidence of attendance of at least six hours of approved continuing legal education in the past calendar year will no longer be considered as qualified under this Rule. Questions or comments about the list of qualified counsel for children in child abuse and neglect cases?  Please e-mail Curtis Nelson, Director, Division of Children and Families, Louisiana Supreme Court: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

TOGETHER WE CAN CONFERENCE - SPEAKER PROPOSALS INVITED NOW

The 2020 Together We Can conference is currently inviting proposals to be considered for the fall conference. The conference dates are November 4-6, 2020 and it will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana. For more information on the conference, go to: www.latwc.org