Courtroom Confidence for Child Welfare Caseworkers

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



Michigan Hall of Justice

925 West Ottawa

Lansing, MI 48909

View Map

Event description


Courtroom Confidence for Child Welfare Caseworkers

Host: State Court Administrative Office - Child Welfare Services

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Michigan Hall of Justice

Location: Lansing, Michigan

Street Address: 925 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48915

Target Audience:
This training is intended for all child protective services, foster care, and adoption caseworkers. Other child welfare professionals may also benefit from attending.

Training Description:
This full day training will provide participants with an overview of Michigan’s judiciary, common practices in the courtroom, and testifying skills. Caseworkers will learn what to expect in court including the purpose of child protective court proceedings, the caseworker’s role, and what decisions and findings the court must make at hearings. In addition, the training will explain the importance of being prepared and how preparedness improves courtroom performance, along with the do’s and don’ts of testifying in court, including courtroom demeanor and practical elements of effective testimony.


  • M. Anthony Flores, Professor, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School

  • Joseph Kozakiewicz, JD, LMSW, Director, Michigan State University Chance at Childhood Program

Is registration required?

Yes. Registration is required and on-site registration is not available. Please do not register to attend this training unless you have scheduling flexibility and have received the necessary authorization to attend. Excessive nonattendance without prior cancellation will result in limited access to future CWS training events.

Who should I contact
with questions?

For general assistance, please contact Kate McPherson, SCAO-CWS Administrative Assistant, at or 517-373-5322. For questions regarding the training content, please contact Elizabeth Henderson, SCAO-CWS Court Analyst, at or 517-373­-2621.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. You can update your information (name, email, answers, etc.). Click on the following link for a step by step tutorial:

Do I have to print and bring my registration confirmation to the event?

No. There will be a sign in sheet at the SCAO-CWS registration desk outside of the meeting room.

The name on the registration doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. Please use the attendee's name only.

When do I receive a Certificate of Attendance?

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance via email within one week of the training. The certificates are for proof of attendance and tracking of participation hours.

What attire do you recommend?

Room temperature can fluctuate throughout the day. Please plan accordingly and dress in layers.

Is food provided?

Lunch will be generously provided to participants within State of Michigan meal rates. Due to grant restrictions, we are unable to provide breakfast or snacks. Additional meals and snacks are the responsibility of the participant. If you require a vegetarian meal or have severe food allergies, please contact Kate McPherson at or 517-373-5322.

What meeting room will the training be in?

The training will be held in the Conference Center on the main floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice.

Date and Time


Michigan Hall of Justice

925 West Ottawa

Lansing, MI 48909

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved