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.