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The GAL Program maintains archives of training materials and information from previous training seminars, conferences, or workshops the GAL Program sponsored in-part or provided. 

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources for GAL Clients and Families, presented by Eydie Trautwein, et al.
This training was offered by live web-stream (recorded video available in the videos tab, above) on February 6, 2013. This training provided GALs with an overview of state-wide mental health and substance abuse resources that may be accessed by guardian ad litem clients and families, including a discussion about requirements that must be met in order to access some services. Items discussed included Outpatient Services, RTCs and PRTFs, Drug Utilization Programs, Telehealth, and CHIPRA.

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Trial Skills Training, presented by Marvin Ventrell, Esq.
This training comprised of an eight hour comprehensive course on the trial skills necessary to try a child welfare case. The program was tailored for lawyers who represent children in child protection cases--designed to make the child welfare lawyer a more persuasive and effective advocate. The session is based on a new book, Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer: Telling the Story of the Family, written by JLS Director Marvin Ventrell and published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and LexisNexis Publishing. The book and the training included comprehensive treatments of the trial, from case analysis and opening statement through closing argument. The book and training represent a blending of the general art of trial practice with the particulars of child welfare court practice. 

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Trial Skills Training Materials