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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

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We offer trainings throughout the year on various topics related to children's law and child well-being. All of our programs are developed by former practitioners with years of experience and expertise in the topic area and are designed to ensure you get the most out of your training experience. Please check back for updates - trainings are added throughout the year.


Advanced Mandated Reporter Training:Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This online training is designed for professionals who have already completed the Children’s Law Center’s Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training (Mandated Reporter Training) and would like to gain further knowledge related to mandated reporting. This training is being offered:
September 23, 2024 (9 am – 11 am)
September 23, 2024 (12 pm – 2 pm)
December 4, 2024 (9 am – 11 am)
December 4, 2024 (12 pm – 2 pm)
March 20, 2025 (9 am – 11 am)
March 20, 2025 (12 pm – 2 pm)

Child Death Investigations: The Basics (In-person)

This  training on the basics of child death investigations will address the following topics: causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. *This training is the same content that is offered as a 2-part virtual training. It is being offered both virtually and in-person to suit the individual learning needs of attendees.
This full-day training will be held in  the Children's Law Center Training Center in Columbia on June 10, 2024

ChildFirst® South Carolina

ChildFirst® South Carolina is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct an investigative interview—also known as a forensic interview—of a suspected child abuse victim. This interactive course combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course.
This training will be offered at the Children’s Law Center's Training Center. 
2024 Dates:  August 26-30, October 14-18 

This registration is not for DSS staff. If you are a DSS employee,  register for this course on the DSS LMS only.  This registration is for non-DSS attendees only. 

Conducting Reenactments in Child Death Investigations

This training is designed for law enforcement officers and coroners or their designees who have completed “Child Death Investigations: The Basics” training offered by the Children’s Law Center.   This is a 1-day, in-person training that focuses on conducting reenactments with caregivers in child death investigations and incorporates hands-on practice in a mock crime scene apartment.
This training will be held in  the Children's Law Center Training Center in Columbia on June 18, 2024.

GAL/CASA Training: Exploring school resources, the referral process for special needs youth, and the role & responsibility of school guidance counselors

This training, offered exclusively for current staff, guardians, and attorneys with the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program and Richland County CASA, will explore the role of the Parent Liaison who works with families of special needs youth and navigates the resources/referral process in the school system (IEP and 504 Plans). Trainees will also hear from a high school guidance counselor who will share their experience with identifying resources available to assist youth in foster care.
This training is being held at the Children’s Law Center’s Training Center in Columbia on June 21, 2024 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm).

Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar

This is a live webinar, designed for mandated reporters and professionals who have frequent contact with children. This webinar is being offered to anyone wishing to attend, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm::
Monday, June 17, 2024
Monday, July 15, 2024
Thursday, July 18, 2024
Monday, August 12, 2024
Wednesday, August 28, 2024
Monday, September 16, 2024
Wednesday, September 25, 2024
This training  is also being offered to organizations upon request.

Training of Trainers:Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This training is for professionals who have attended a basic mandated reporter training with the Children’s Law Center and are interested in conducting mandated reporter training within their organization. This free, online training  is being offered from 9 am - 4 pm on:
October 10, 2024 (Participants will also be required to conduct a virtual presentation on Oct. 17th)
January 23, 2025 (Participants will also be required to conduct a virtual presentation on Jan. 30th)
May 15, 2025 (Participants will also be required to conduct a virtual presentation on May 22nd)

The  Child Maltreatment and Juvenile Justice Connection:  Delinquency Prevention Through Resilience Development (Recorded Webinar)

This training will provide an overview of South Carolina’s juvenile justice system and explore the dynamics behind why abused or neglected youth are more likely to become delinquent. Topics will include the prevalence of and risk factors associated with juvenile justice and child welfare involvement and the role of complex trauma. The training will also cover best practices and current efforts that effectively serve these youth and their families.

Communication Challenges with Special Populations of Children (Recorded Webinar)

This recorded webinar is a multidisciplinary training designed for professionals who may have contact with potentially abused or neglected children with communication barriers. This includes children with autism, speech impairments, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments or blindness, and trauma- induced communication barriers; and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training will provide participants with a basic overview of these disabilities, communication challenges that may be encountered, and strategies to effectively communicate with these children. Part 1 will address children with autism, speech impairments, and intellectual disabilities. Part 2 will address children with a visual impairment or blindness, children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and children with trauma-induced communication barriers.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This interactive online training is designed to equip mandated reporters with information regarding their role and responsibilities as mandated reporters and to increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills in reporting child abuse and neglect.

South Carolina Child Abuse Response Protocol Training

This on-line, self-paced training consists of approximately 3.5 hours of instruction and includes the following topics: Introduction to the SC Child Abuse Response Protocol; The Initial Child Abuse Response for DSS and Law Enforcement First Responders; Referral to a SC Children’s Advocacy Center and Services Provided; The Forensic Medical Exam and the SC Children’s Advocacy Medical Response System; The Investigative Process, Joint Investigation (DSS and law enforcement), and Special Issues; The GAL and Court Appointed Special Advocate; The Court Process and Preparing the Child for the Courtroom; and Resources, Revisions, and Maintenance of the Protocol.

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