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​Training and Development

Child Welfare Services offers judicial, attorney, and field worker trainings targeted toward child welfare system improvement. The trainings are based on Court Improvement Program committee findings and are developed collaboratively with various stakeholder community agencies, the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Training programs are presented through various methods, such as webcasts, live onsite training, and summits.

Training ​Notification

To be added to the SCAO-CWS training notification list, please contact Kate McPherson, SCAO-CWS Administrative Assistant, at or (517) 373-5322.

Upcoming Programs

  • The Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem Investigation
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    Audience: This webinar is intended for attorneys representing children in child protective proceedings.
    Details & Registration:​

  • Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP): Court Procedures
    Monday, December 14, 2020
    Audience: This webinar is intended for juvenile court judges, referees, court administrators, clerks, and public & private child welfare agency staff.
    Details & Registration:​

Michigan Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem Online Training​​

CWS recently designed an online, comprehensive, self-paced training program for lawyer-guardians ad litem ​(LGALs).  For more information, please visit​.


Recorded Web-based Meet-ups

To view recordings of CWS web-based meet-ups, please visit:​ 


Staff contact

Elizabeth Henderson
(517) 373-2621

Kate McPherson
(517) 373-5322

Shannon Thelen

(517) 373-2289