Below are the current courses available through the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program in our I am for the child Academy.  

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Chapter 1   - Introducing the Volunteer Role (Independent Study)
Chapter 2 -
Child Abuse and Neglect (Independent Study)
Chapter 3 -
Child Well-Being (Independent Study)
Chapter 4 -
Developing Cultural Competence
Chapter 5 -
Effective Communication and Interviewing Skills
Chapter 6 -
Information Gathering, Documentation and Judicial Reviews
Chapter 7 -
Child Welfare and the Law
Chapter 8 -
Poverty
Chapter 9 -
Educational Advocacy
Chapter 10 -
Trauma & Resilience
Chapter 11 -
Wrap Up / Next Steps


Discipline for Students with Disabilities (CLE credit) 

DISCIPLINE: What you Need to Know When Your Students Gets in Trouble(CLE Pending)
Dynamics of Sexual Abuse (CLE credit) 
Evaluations for Children in Foster Care (CLE credit)
Extended School Year (CLE credit)

Family Functioning Assessment (FFA)
Florida Progression and Graduation Requirements (CLE credit)
IEP Meeting: A Practical Approach and FAQ's (CLE credit)
Innovating Child Welfare (CLE credit) 
Learning how to Fully Protect Your Student with a Disability (CLE credit) 

MAKING THE DIFFERENCE: Preventing Youth Suicide and Promoting Resilience 
Overview of Exceptional Student Education (CLE credit)

Overview of Exceptional Student Education (Special Education) 
Psychotropic Medication

Residential Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents (CLE credit)
Special Education through the Lens of Trauma Informed Care (CLE credit)
Understanding Implicit Bias




Adoption Interventions (CLE credit)
Advanced Advocacy in Education (CLE credit)
Case Law Review
Case Planning with Incarcerated Parents (CLE credit)
Child Hearsay Exception
Contempt
Developmental Disabilities

Delinquency 101:  What every Guardian ad Litem needs to know (CLE Requested)

Educational Protections for Children with Disabilities (CLE Requested)
Ethics Training Scenario
Extended Foster Care and Related Services
Florida's Behavioral Health System Overview (CLE credit)
Human Trafficking (CLE credit)

Immigration & Child Issues (CLE credit)
Immigration and the Dependency System (CLE credit)

Impact of Juvenile Court on Children with Mental Health Needs (CLE Requested) 
Independent Living Update (CLE credit)

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (CLE requested)

Intellectual Disability (CLE credit)
Is it Time to go Home Yet? Conditions for Return and Reunification (CLE credit)
Judicial Notice (CLE credit)
Keeping Children Safe Act (CLE credit)
Master Trusts and Social Security (CLE offered through 09/16/19)
Parenting and Visitation (CLE credit)
Party Status, Empowering and Obligating Action (Mandatory for Staff and Attorneys. Volunteers encouraged to enroll.) (CLE credit)
Psychotropic Medication Refresher (CLE credit)

Recovery 101 Workshop Series: Part 1
Regis Little Act - Protecting Children with Special Needs (CLE credit)
Senate Bill 7026 - Public Safety (CLE credit)
Sibling Separation (CLE credit)
Special Needs Attorney ad Litem
Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts (CLE credit)
Supportive Guardian ad Litem Program Services - Diligent Searches

Trauma Informed Legal Advocacy (CLE credit)


View from the Bench (Mandatory for Attorneys) (CLE credit)


Developing a Well Written Judicial Review Report
GAL Volunteer Testimony

Pre-Service Classroom Materials
Testifying in Court: How to Get Your Position Across Effectively (Mandatory for Staff and Attorneys.  Volunteers encouraged to enroll.) (CLE credit)



(2018 Guardian ad Litem Disabilities Training Conference) 

Welcome & Opening Session - Great Minds Don't Always Think Alike

Advocating for Families of Children with Complex Medical Issues When MCA Accusations are Made

The Effects of Toxic Stress on the Developing Brain

How to Ensure that All Disabilities - Related Needs of a Child are Met

From Chaos to Clarity

Adulting 101: WIOA, Transition and Social Security Benefits for Students with Disabilities

Facility Dogs Helping Vulnerable Witnesses Find their Voice and Heal

Up UP and Away! How to Help Your Wheelchair Bound Clients Soar

The Value of Permanency for All Children

Work/Life Balance - Mindfulness in High Conflict Jobs

General Session - Registry Panel

General Session: GAL Talks - Telling the Child's Story with Meaning

Increasing Access to Behavior Health Services Through Technology

Protecting the Child's Voice: Use & Application of the Child Hearsay Rule in Dependency Cases

Runaway Train: Dependency & the School to Prison Pipeline

The Superpowers of Special Litigation-Representing the Vulnerable Youth

You Don't Have to Do it Alone - Building an Advocacy Team through Due Process Services for Attorneys for Children

Challenges & Pitfalls in Achieving Permanency for Children Whose Parents Receive APD Services

Human Trafficking Awareness & Education

Knocking Down the Silo: Let's All See That RTC

Pro Bono's Role in the Work/Life Balance

Special Needs Trusts & ABLE Accounts - 2018 Update

(2019 Guardian ad Litem Specialized Advocacy for Children Symposium)

A National Crisis: When Autism is Mistaken for Criminal Behavior and the Devastating Consequences (CLE credit)

Access Beyond the Classroom (CLE credit)

Children’s Privacy on Social Media (CLE credit)

Closing the Gap with GAP: Florida’s New Guardianship Assistance Program (CLE credit)

Dependency Representation and the JAC (CLE credit)

Disposition or Treatment: The Impact of Juvenile Courts on Children with Mental Health Needs (CLE credit)

Find Teens Confusing? You Are Not Alone. Let’s (Try To) Figure Them Out Together (CLE credit)

Florida Medicaid Managed Care – What’s New?: In Lieu of Services Benefits (CLE credit)

Human Trafficking: Do You Look Like a Victim? (CLE credit)
Making the Most of Expert Witness Testimony: Best Practices in the Wake of DeLisle v. Crane Co. (CLE credit)

Put Your Best Foot Forward with the 3 P’s of Advocacy: Enhancing Attorney & Child Advocate Manager Trial Skills in Cases Involving Children with Special Needs (CLE credit)

Representing the Child’s Interests in Adoption Intervention Proceedings (CLE credit)

 Representing Transgender Youth: Cultural Competency and Advocacy Tips (CLE credit)

Rights of Parents and/or Children with Disabilities to Receive Accommodations to Achieve Permanency (CLE credit)

Runaway Train: Dependency and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Impact of Trauma (CLE credit)

The Regis Little Act: Guardianship and the Alternatives in Dependency Cases (CLE credit)

Trauma-Informed Care (CLE credit)

Understanding Due Process in Chapter 39 to Achieve the Best Possible Outcomes for Children (CLE credit)

Understanding the Unified Family Court System When Advocating for Special Needs Dependent Children (CLE credit)


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ACADEMY COURSES