monday, october 18, 2021
New Training Opportunities for October & November

MJI Training Opportunities

1. Considering SCOTUS Precedent with a New Lens

October 14, 2021 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This webinar will review past United States Supreme Court decisions that evidence an absent restraint on police violence and racist policing. Professor Chemerinsky will discuss how state courts and judges, relying on authority provided under the state constitution, can disrupt systematic racism in Michigan’s justice system.

As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

- Explain how past SCOTUS decisions support authoritarian, violent, racist police practices;

- Identify how judicial officers can halt police violence and racist police practices in the criminal justice system based on authority under the Michigan Constitution.

2. What the Best Interest Factors Really Mean: Making Child Custody Determinations Using Plan English

October 21, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

This webinar is intended for FOC office staff. The best interest factors, set forth in MCL 722.23, are at the core of all custody determinations. This course will explore the meaning behind each factor and what kind of information to look for in each case to help you make a custody determination by applying those facts to the factors.

3. How to Use Custody Case Law to Your Advantage

November 4, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

This webinar is intended for FOC office staff. Custody case law can provide clarity for certain circumstances and answer difficult custody questions. This micro-training explores recent custody case law and how it can help you in your work. We will focus on how to use this case law in the context of custody and parenting time services to help analyze issues and draft reports.

Child Welfare Services Training Opportunities

1. Pre-Petition Legal Advocacy Strategies for Courts

October 28, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This training will explore how courts can develop preventive and pre-petition legal advocacy programs to prevent unnecessary placement of children in foster care. Presenters will talk about research behind the programs, national models, and emerging programs in Michigan. The audience will also learn about how to use Title IV-E to support these programs.

Child Welfare Services Recorded Web-based Meet-ups

This link provides access to previously recorded webinars.

Michigan Child Welfare Training Clearinghouse

This link provides access to various child welfare training opportunities provided by the Children’s Trust Fund, DHHS Office of Workforce Development and Training, DHHS University In-Service, Michigan Federation for Children and Families, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Child Abuse Training Services, and State Court Administrative Office.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Training Opportunities

1. Michigan Juvenile Justice Assessment System (MJJAS) FY 21 Training Schedule

October 14-15, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The above dates are all virtual sessions and include a lunch break.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Juvenile Justice Programs (JJPs) is offering the sixth year (FY20) of statewide training on the Michigan Juvenile Justice Assessment System (MJJAS). The MJJAS is a structured risk assessment tool for youth that identifies the likelihood of a youth engaging in future criminal behavior and informs appropriate risk classification. MJJAS can be re-administered to a youth over time to determine changes in risk level based upon changes in behavioral profile or life situation. It can be used at five different decision points for a youth in contact with the juvenile justice system, diversion, detention, disposition, residential placement, and reentry to the community from residential placement. In addition to risk assessment, results from the disposition,

residential and reentry tools can assist with case planning, and identification of residential and reentry service needs for the youth.

MJJAS and the supporting training is available through MDHHS for counties and courts, if interested, at no charge. Certification training to administer the MJJAS assessments is required and available through MDHHS.

To register for classes, please email Michelle Sage at MDHHS-MJJAS@michigan.gov to register. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants that fail to attend, arrive late, depart early, or attend only portions of the training will not receive certification to administer the MJJAS.

Interstate Commission for Juveniles

1. ICJ On-Demand Training Site

ICJ’s On-Demand training modules provide 24/7 access to a variety of information related to the compact rules and processes.



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