Course Description


Training:  Addressing Mental Health, Behavioral and Substance Abuse Problems in Dependent Children

This presentation was developed out of the GAL 11th Circuit office for the legal Topic of the Month training, with assistance of Laurie Blades, GAL Director of Children’s Behavioral Health Advocacy. Join Natalie Freitas and Laurie Blades as they cover Addressing Mental Health, Behavioral and Substance Abuse Problems in Dependent Children.


Guest Speakers: 

  • Natalie Freitas, Esquire / 11th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program
  • Laurie Blades, M.A., CPM / Director, Children's Behavioral Health Advocacy / Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

1 Hour CLE Credit Available 

1 In-Service Hour Available

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Training Specialists

Statewide Guardian ad Litem Training Team

This course is presented by experts of this subject matter. Contact: Training@gal.fl.gov

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Addressing Mental Health, Behavioral and Substance Abuse Problems in Dependent Children (May 2021)

    • Addressing Mental Health, Behavioral and Substance Abuse Problems in Dependent Children

    • Quick Review

    • Thoughts & Feedback

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