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Juvenile Law Training Academy 2020 Webinar

October 5–6, 2020

Online via Zoom

Juvenile Law Training Academy 2020 Webinar

October 5–6, 2020

Online via Zoom

16th Annual Juvenile Law Training Academy

“Is everyone here? Let’s get started”:
 Strategies to Support & Strengthen Families


October 5–6

CLE/Webinar Online via Zoom

To purchase this program in the CLE Archive, click here.

Who may attend?
Lawyers, CASAs, CRBs and others working in the juvenile court community.

What’s included in the fee?
• Seminar admission
• Complete course material in advance (via Dropbox link)
• CLE credit
• Access to the recordings for a limited time.

Seminar cancellations made before September 30  will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee.
Seminar cancellations made on or after October 1 (date material is emailed) will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation /written material fee.


No-show Policy
Written materials are sent in advance to all participants. A link to view the video recording will be provided separately, available for a limited time. 

CLE Credit
Approval pending for 6.75 general CLE credits in Oregon, live. For credits in California, Washington or other states, contact OCDLA.


16th Annual Juvenile Law Training Academy

“Is everyone here? Let’s get started”:
 Strategies to Support & Strengthen Families

CLE/Webinar Online via Zoom

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Monday, October 5

12:00 | “Hi, who just joined?”: Understanding and Advocating for Quality Visitation Plans
Gregory Thomas, Department of Human Services, Permanency Consultant for Alberta and Midtown, Portland
John Hamilton, Attorney, Medford
An understanding of the applicable Oregon Laws/DHS policies; the elements and development of a quality and individualized visitation plan; visitation options (e.g., supervision level, location, etc.) and assessments involved to identify the appropriate level; how quality visitation interacts with other pieces of the process (e.g., permanency, mental health, cultural competency, engagement); how out-of-court and in-court advocacy can be used to develop effective and individualized visitation plans; and the pandemic-related visitation protocols – both with regard to in-person and virtual visitation.

1:00 | Break

1:10 |  “It's still loading”: Education Law and Juvenile Law
Chris Shank, Youth, Rights & Justice, Portland
Catherine Stelzer, Department of Human Services
This session will cover the basics of education law in Oregon with overviews of laws pertaining to special education, discipline, and education stability for foster youth. We’ll discuss how to include education advocacy in your practice and why it’s an important tool in achieving better outcomes for your clients. We will look at the effect the pandemic has had on education and discuss strategies for advocating during remote learning. Finally, we will consider ethical issues that may arise in education cases.

2:10 | Break

2:15 | “Can everyone see my screen?” Part 1: A Legal and Social Science Framework for the Harm of Removal
Shanta Trivedi, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC • Read more.
Separating a child from their parent has long-term and irreversible consequences that may often be worse than leaving the child at home. This is due to the trauma of removal itself as well as the unstable nature of, and the high rates of abuse and neglect in, foster care. Consideration of these harms should be a mandatory consideration in all child welfare proceedings where removal is contemplated. Additionally, a child has a constitutional right to family integrity which could be asserted, particularly at the TPR stage, to prevent family separation.

This presentation seeks to guide system actors as to how information regarding the harm of removal should be integrated into existing legal frameworks including reasonable efforts and removal proceedings. It also explains how the child's constitutional right to family integrity should be analyzed and utilized in child welfare proceedings.

3:00 | Break

3:05 | “Loud typing sounds”: Appellate Update
Erin Galli, Department of Justice, Appellate Division
Shannon Flowers, Office of Public Defense Services, Parent Child Representation Program

4:05 | Adjourn

Tuesday, October 6

1:00 |  “I didn't catch that, can you repeat?”: Rules of Evidence in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
Kevin Ellis, Attorney, St. Helens
Lauren Kemp, AAG, Department of Justice

Rules are rules. Knowing which apply and when can help you make the case. Kevin Ellis’ presentation will highlight which rules apply at each critical stage of a juvenile dependency case. Beyond knowledge of the rules, understanding the practical application can help you guide the fact finder to a just and fair determination. Likewise, knowing when and how to keep certain things out should do the same.

Timing is everything. Evidence is no different. In this evidence presentation, Laura Kemp will discuss how the rules of evidence apply at different stages of a dependency case. How this can inform your decision-making regarding what evidence to introduce and where to focus your efforts. She will also discuss how to time the introduction of exhibits in a hearing or trial and provide real world examples of how to enter commonly-used exhibits.

2:00 | Break

2:10 |  “Can you hear me?”: Youth Mental Health: Understanding and Evaluating Treatment Options
Erin Sewell,  Service Director, Child, Youth and Family Services, Lifeworks NW
Danielle Wilcox, Clinical Supervisor/Child and Family Therapist, Kinship House, Portland

This session will provide an overview of various types of therapy: parent-child interaction, solution-focused therapy, trauma-focused CBT, why a family therapy orientation is important and considerations of introducing biological parents into treatment. Likewise, child parent psychotherapy and attachment theory will be covered, as well as play therapy, sandtray/sandplay therapy, and art therapy as modalities used to achieve the goals for treatment at Kinship House to help children wait in foster care, return to biological parents, and make transitions to adoption.

3:10 |  Break

3:15 | *“Can everyone see my screen?” Part 2: A Legal and Social Science Framework for the Harm of Removal 
Monique Mitchell, PhD, FT, Life Transitions International, The Dougy Center: National Center for Grieving Children & Families, Portland • Read more.
Drawing upon child-centered research, this presentation will address how children are impacted by removal and placement into foster care. The six major types of ambiguity experienced by children and their families will be explored, the implications of these experiences in relation to psychological and emotional trauma will be discussed, and practical suggestions to mitigate trauma, ambiguity, and loss will be identified. 

4:15 | Adjourn

CLE Credit
OPDS juvenile credits approved. OSB MCLE credits pending approval for 6.75 general credits in Oregon, live.* Oregon is an approved jurisdiction in California For credits in Washington or other states contact the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
*Dr. Mitchell's presentation will not be recorded; the archived CLE will provide 5.75 general credits.

Investigation track



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