• Goldfield Court House
  • Lyon County Court House
  • Pershing District Court
  • Lincoln County Court House
  • Humboldt County Court House
  • Eureka District Court
  • Eureka Justice Court
  • Alamo Justice Court
  • Elko County Court House
  • Las Vegas Regional Justice Center

Court Improvement Program Training Courses

  • Online Attorney Dependency Training
    The five course modules will be delivered entirely online through the Supreme Court’s Distance Education Learning Portal. Course contents include: Federal and State Law in Nevada Child Protection Proceedings; The Adoption and Safe Families Act; Permanency Options; Roles and Responsibilities of Attorneys; Topics in Child Welfare Proceedings; and Key Child Safety Decision Making Concepts. Participants may enroll by contacting CIP. They are expected to view all course presentations and materials, and take the quizzes to earn 7 CLEs which include .5 hours for ethics.
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) New Regulations Training
    The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed in 1978 after two years of Congressional hearings determined that Native children were being removed from their families and communities at disproportionately high rates. Since passage, courts around the country have struggled to understand the intent of the law and inconsistent implementation has left many individuals and families feeling frustrated and unable to trust the system. Many workers assigned to ICWA cases have felt similar frustration as terms like “active efforts” and “good cause” have not been adequately defined. In December 2016, federal regulations went into effect adding new requirements for judges. These are the first legally-binding changes since the law was passed.
    This training will cover some of the reasons why this law was passed and why it remains important 39 years later. The first module will provide context and personal accounts of why Congress determined that ICWA was needed and shed light on the intent of the law. The second module will go into both statutory and regulatory language, highlighting new definitions and new findings judges must make on the record in order to be in compliance with the federal regulations. The third module will include case scenarios that will help resolve some of the ambiguities and confusions around the legal requirements.

  • Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program: An Overview
    The statewide Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program (JDMP) was launched in July 2016. The purpose of the Program is to improve system processing of dependency cases; thereby decreasing time to permanency and termination of parental rights (TPR). In so doing, it helps stabilize children’s lives by getting them into safe, secure, and permanent homes in a timely manner consistent with the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. This course provides an overview of Nevada’s Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program, its purposes and processes and basic tips and strategies to ensure successful participation in juvenile dependency mediations.
  • Understanding & Using Data Available to You: Chapin Hall's Foster Care Data Archive
    Data on child welfare case processing and outcomes are not always easy to come by. At the state level, the child welfare agency must report specific data points to the federal government. These data are made available to the public, however, they are limited in scope and only include the largest jurisdictions in the state. Chapin Hall, through their Foster Care Data Archive, works with states to compile their child welfare data in a meaningful way. These data are often more current than the publicly available data and can be examined by each judicial district in the state providing child welfare and legal professionals an opportunity to track their data over time. This training will introduce professionals to the Foster Care Data Archive website and walk people through the basic steps for exploring their own data in a meaningful way. This course is designed for all Nevada child welfare, dependency judiciary, and their Community Improvement Council Members.
  • Basics of Representing Children in Abuse & Neglect Cases
    The U.S. Children’s Bureau says that one of the barriers to successful outcomes for children who come to the attention of the court in child welfare cases is a lack of trained and effective representatives; someone to advocate for timeliness in agency and court handling of the child’s case. National Consensus is that a child deserves a vigorous and active attorney.
  • Trauma & Child Protection Mediation: Understanding the Impact on Children, Parents, Caregivers & Stakeholders
    According to the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, trauma can have significant mental health consequences. Yet the agencies and systems to which survivors and their children turn are frequently unprepared to address the range of issues they face in trying to access safety and heal from the traumatic effects of abuse.
  • Mediating Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence
    Domestic violence is one of the strongest predictors of child abuse and neglect fatalities in the United States. Forty percent of child abuse victims report domestic violence in the home. We know that 70% of domestic violence go unreported.
  • Nevada Juvenile Dependency Mediation Training Program
    This Nevada Juvenile Dependency Mediation Training program has been created to educate child welfare staff so that you can effectively participate during court-ordered dependency mediation. Such mediations may be ordered when there are unresolvable conflicts at any point in the life of the case.
  • CIP Permanency and Concurrent Planning
    During this course, faculty will discuss:
    • What the Nevada Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP) is, Eligibility requirements, Logistics, Assistance, and partner roles in the KinGAP process.
    • The understanding of "reasonable efforts," when they are required and examples.
    • What Concurrent Planning is, barriers to Concurrent Planning, the difference between Concurrent Planning and Concurrent Plans, as well as the process and stakeholders involved.