The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment and the South Dakota Unified Judicial System are hosting monthly Court Improvement Program (CIP) trainings for attorneys, judges, and other multidisciplinary professionals working with families involved in abuse and neglect cases.

The goal of these trainings is to provide relevant and up-to-date information on the South Dakota child welfare system, while offering unique approaches and standards for best practices when working with children throughout the court process.

By learning more you can help keep children safe.

October Sessions

Oct. 13 12-1 pm Central Time

Session Description:

The presenter for this special post-Native American Day training is Wayne Weston of the Center for Disabilities. Weston lives in Rapid City and is the Oyate Circle Coordinator. The Oyate’ Circle is a resource, education, outreach and training effort that serves Native Americans with disabilities in South Dakota. Named after the Lakota word for “the people,” the Oyate’ Circle conducts education and outreach campaigns about the needs of Native Americans with disabilities. It also offers resources and training for tribal communities and informs them about programs and opportunities available through the center and other agencies.

Oct. 27 1-2 pm Central Time

Session Description: Helpline Center University is designed to provide a ‘how to’ experience into the Helpline Center. Information will be shared on how the Helpline Center is integrated throughout the state including sharing tips and tricks about finding resources through our Helpline Center Resource Database, how to translate resources and several special features including MyLists, Holiday Guides, and more. Participants will leave the session with concrete ways they can utilize the Helpline Center’s programs in their day-to-day professional lives.

Presenter: Betsy Schuster, MSAS, CRS (Vice President of Program Development), has over 15 years of program development experience including project management, technical writing, grant management, and program assessments.  Betsy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government/International Affairs from Augustana University and a Master of Science in  Administration Services with emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Currently, she is a Certified Resource Specialist (CRS) from the Alliance of Information and Referral (AIRS), and the Crisis Worker Certification from American Association of Suicidology (AAS).  She enjoys working on system change for increased connection between agencies resulting in more coordinated services for individuals across South Dakota.

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