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Training

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

The Advanced Mandated Reporter Training includes a review on the role and responsibilities of the mandated reporter, long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect, and recent legislative changes to the statutes that govern mandated reporting. This training will also introduce a new Children’s Law Center publication regarding frequently asked questions, and participants will work through an advanced reporting scenario exercise. This two-hour course is designed for individuals who have already attended a Children’s Law Center Mandated Reporter training or Train the Trainer session. The purpose of this training is to enhance existing knowledge on the topic of mandated reporting.

This training is being offered on the following dates: 
February 15, 2023 (9:00 am - 11:00 am)
February 15, 2023 (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Child Death Investigations: The Basics (In-Person)

This is a 1-day, in-person training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. Topics will include 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 is the same content that is offered as a 3-part, virtual training. It is being offered both virtually and in-person to suit the individual learning needs of attendees.

Dates:
April 5, 2023
May 8, 2023

Child Death Investigations: The Basics (Virtual)  

This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks over 3 days. Topics will include 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 is the same content that is offered as a 1-day, in-person training. It is being offered both virtually and in-person to suit 
the individual learning needs of attendees.

Dates:
Part I
February 13, 2023 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)
March 6, 2023 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)
Part II (It is recommended that you complete Part I  before attending Part II) 
February 14, 2023 ((1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)
March 7, 2023 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)
Part III (It is recommended that you complete Parts I and II  before attending Part III) 
February 15, 2023 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)
March  8, 2023 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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 on the following dates: 
February 13-17, 2023
May 1-5, 2023
July 10-14, 2023
October 23-27, 2023

This registration is for non-DSS employees. DSS staff should register using the links below.

ChildFirst® South Carolina - For DSS Staff   

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 onthe following dates: 
February 13-17, 2023
May 1-5, 2023
July 10-14, 2023
October 23-27, 2023

 

Child Physical Abuse and Neglect Investigations: The Basics (In-person)

This in-person training focuses on the basics of child physical abuse and neglect investigations with an emphasis on multidisciplinary coordination. *This 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. 

Dates: 
February 7, 2023
March 20, 2023
May 22, 2023 

Child Sexual Abuse Investigations: The Basics (In-person)

This training focuses on the basics of child sexual abuse investigations with an emphasis on multidisciplinary coordination. *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 in-person training is being offered  at the Children’s Law Center’s Training Center in Columbia on the following dates:
February 6, 2023 
June 12, 2023

Child Sexual Abuse Investigations: The Basics (Virtual Training)

This two-part virtual training focuses on the basics of child sexual abuse investigations with an emphasis on multidisciplinary coordination.  *This training is the same content that is offered as a 1-day in-person training. It is being 
offered both virtually and in-person to suit the individual learning needs of attendees.

Dates and Times:
Part I
March 15, 2023 (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Part II(You must complete Part I before attending Part II.)
March 16, 2023 (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

**You are not required to attend both parts of the training in the same week, but you must  complete Part I before attending Part II.

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.

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:
February 21, 2023
March 21, 2023
April 17, 2023
May 23, 2023
June 20, 2023

Guardian ad Litem Attorney Training

This training, offered exclusively to attroneys with the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program and Richland County CASA, will cover best legal practices, case law updates, and advocacy skills training.  In addition, the training will include a panel discussion on the complexities and challenges involving the placement and care of youth, with experts from DJJ, DDSN, DMH, and DSS.

This training will be offered in person on February 24, 2023.

Guardian ad Litem Training:  Multi-Agency Panel Discussion of Complexities and Challenges Involving the Placement and Care of Youth

This training, offered exclusively for current guardians and staff with the Cass Elias McCarter GAL Program and Richland County CASA, will include a panel of experts from DJJ, DDSN, DMH, and DSS to discuss complexities and challenges involving the placement and care of youth and families involved with multiple agencies. 

This training will be offered virtually and in person at the SC Fire Academy on February 24, 2023.

Medical Aspects in Child Abuse Investigations (Virtual Trainings)

The Children’s Law Center is offering focused presentations on various medical aspects of child abuse investigations. These presentations will be conducted by South Carolina Children’s Advocacy Medical Response System (SCCAMRS) qualified child abuse pediatrics medical providers. Each presentation will cover the unique medical aspects of a different form of maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and medical child abuse.  

These presentations will be offered on a virtual platform as follows:

Medical Aspects of Sexual Abuse
March 20, 2023 (10 - 11:15 am)

Medical Aspects of Physical Abuse
April 12, 2023 (9-10:15 am)

Understanding Medical Aspects of  Abusive Head Trauma
 April 14, 2023 (10 - 11:15 am)

Recognizing Medical Neglect and  Failure to Thrive
April 26, 2023 (9 - 10:15 am)

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 on the  following dates:
January 30, 2023
February 6, 2023
February 14,  2023
March 7, 2023
March 20, 2023 

This training  is also being offered to organizations upon request.  

Training of Trainers: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Participants will learn how to deliver the Children’s Law Center’s Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (Mandated Reporter) Training and answer frequently asked questions about mandated reporting. Participants will be required to attend the full training, pass a quiz, and return at a later date to conduct a presentation. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion and may then conduct the Center’s Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training to employees within their organizations.

This training is being offered on the following dates:
March 21, 2023
May 10, 2023

Trauma-Informed Care in South Carolina

This training is open to those who serve youth (e.g., frontline service provider, school employee, law enforcement officer, church employee, medical provider, coach, childcare provider, family court employee, mentor). Interest and commitment among individuals and entities at the local level can lead to paradigm shift in statewide responses to trauma. South Carolina’s efforts continue, and we’ll teach you how to do what you can.

Participants will:
1) Be provided with copy of / detailed look at The Core Competencies of Trauma-Informed Care for Agencies and Organizations in South Carolina That Serve Children, Adolescents, and Their Families 
2) Examine SAMHSA standards for TIC which can be expected in knowledge, values and attitudes, communication, practice, organizations and systems, and communities.
3) Receive additional resources to guide both individual and agency development of TIC.

This training wil be held on the following dates:

March 31, 2023, McCormick, SC
May 23, 2023, Bishopville, SC
July 25, 2023, Newberry, SC
September 13, 2023, Mullins, SC
November 14, 2023 (St. Matthews)

Identifying Child Sex Trafficking in South Carolina

This self-paced online training, designed with input from local law enforcement officers, focuses on identifying child sex trafficking in South Carolina. This training will provide a basic overview of the South Carolina child sex trafficking law, prevalence of child sex trafficking, risk factors and red flags of child sex trafficking, and resources to assist with your response to child sex trafficking.

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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