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SMART Goals & Service Planning in CSA June, 4 / 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Office of Children's Services is sponsoring a Brown Bag Lunch n' Learn: SMART Goals and Service Planning in CSA. The training will be held at the Louisa County Administration Building, 1 Woolfolk Ave., in Louisa, VA. There is no registration fee. This training will provide a framework for service planning to include writing SMART goals/objectives. The target audience is FAPT members, CSA Coordinators and CSA Case Managers. Please RSVP to Whitney Deane, CSA Coordinator in Louisa County at wdeane@louisa.org.

Strengthening Trauma-Informed Care in VA June, 6 / 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Commonwealth's Annual Behavioral Health Symposium, Strengthening Trauma-Informed Care in Virginia: Positive Connections and Resiliency Across the Lifespan, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond-Midlothian, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., in Richmond. The symposium will focus on strengthening trauma-informed care throughout Virginia, including creating positive connections and building resiliency across the lifespan. This event is open to service providers in public and private settings. There is a nominal fee of $50 per participant (includes lunch) to help cover costs associated with this event. Deadline for registration is April 20, 2019. Please see the link below for additional information and to register.

ChildFirst VA Forensic Interview Training June, 17
Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia (CACVA), in partnership with The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), will offer ChildFirstTM Virginia Forensic Interview Training at Virginia Highlands Community College, 100 VHCC Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210. ChildFirst™ Virginia is an intensive five-day course through which students learn the skills necessary to conduct a forensic interview of a suspected child abuse victim. It combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course. Moreover, participants must conduct a 30-minute interview of a professional actor playing the role of a sexually-abused child after which the interviewer is critiqued by a professional forensic interviewer and cohort of fellow students. The course is specifically designed for attendance by multidisciplinary teams comprised of CPS investigators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers. Applications must be received by CACVA on or before Wednesday, April 17, 2019. You may contact Maggie Cullinan, CACVA Program Coordinator, at 276-644-3371 or via e-mail at maggiecullinan.cacva@gmail.com should you have any questions. Training sessions are limited to only 40 participants. Through a reimbursement process, VDSS offers full scholarships to CPS investigators and/or their supervisors to facilitate attendance of this training. Selected candidates will be contacted by the CPS Program regarding scholarship details, and will be reimbursed following successful completion of the course. The application and additional information may be found at:

ChildFirst VA Forensic Interview Training June, 18
Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia (CACVA), in partnership with The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), will offer ChildFirstTM Virginia Forensic Interview Training at Virginia Highlands Community College, 100 VHCC Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210. ChildFirst™ Virginia is an intensive five-day course through which students learn the skills necessary to conduct a forensic interview of a suspected child abuse victim. It combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course. Moreover, participants must conduct a 30-minute interview of a professional actor playing the role of a sexually-abused child after which the interviewer is critiqued by a professional forensic interviewer and cohort of fellow students. The course is specifically designed for attendance by multidisciplinary teams comprised of CPS investigators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers. Applications must be received by CACVA on or before Wednesday, April 17, 2019. You may contact Maggie Cullinan, CACVA Program Coordinator, at 276-644-3371 or via e-mail at maggiecullinan.cacva@gmail.com should you have any questions. Training sessions are limited to only 40 participants. Through a reimbursement process, VDSS offers full scholarships to CPS investigators and/or their supervisors to facilitate attendance of this training. Selected candidates will be contacted by the CPS Program regarding scholarship details, and will be reimbursed following successful completion of the course. The application and additional information may be found at:

ChildFirst VA Forensic Interview Training June, 19
Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia (CACVA), in partnership with The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), will offer ChildFirstTM Virginia Forensic Interview Training at Virginia Highlands Community College, 100 VHCC Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210. ChildFirst™ Virginia is an intensive five-day course through which students learn the skills necessary to conduct a forensic interview of a suspected child abuse victim. It combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course. Moreover, participants must conduct a 30-minute interview of a professional actor playing the role of a sexually-abused child after which the interviewer is critiqued by a professional forensic interviewer and cohort of fellow students. The course is specifically designed for attendance by multidisciplinary teams comprised of CPS investigators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers. Applications must be received by CACVA on or before Wednesday, April 17, 2019. You may contact Maggie Cullinan, CACVA Program Coordinator, at 276-644-3371 or via e-mail at maggiecullinan.cacva@gmail.com should you have any questions. Training sessions are limited to only 40 participants. Through a reimbursement process, VDSS offers full scholarships to CPS investigators and/or their supervisors to facilitate attendance of this training. Selected candidates will be contacted by the CPS Program regarding scholarship details, and will be reimbursed following successful completion of the course. The application and additional information may be found at:

ChildFirst VA Forensic Interview Training June, 20
Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia (CACVA), in partnership with The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), will offer ChildFirstTM Virginia Forensic Interview Training at Virginia Highlands Community College, 100 VHCC Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210. ChildFirst™ Virginia is an intensive five-day course through which students learn the skills necessary to conduct a forensic interview of a suspected child abuse victim. It combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course. Moreover, participants must conduct a 30-minute interview of a professional actor playing the role of a sexually-abused child after which the interviewer is critiqued by a professional forensic interviewer and cohort of fellow students. The course is specifically designed for attendance by multidisciplinary teams comprised of CPS investigators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers. Applications must be received by CACVA on or before Wednesday, April 17, 2019. You may contact Maggie Cullinan, CACVA Program Coordinator, at 276-644-3371 or via e-mail at maggiecullinan.cacva@gmail.com should you have any questions. Training sessions are limited to only 40 participants. Through a reimbursement process, VDSS offers full scholarships to CPS investigators and/or their supervisors to facilitate attendance of this training. Selected candidates will be contacted by the CPS Program regarding scholarship details, and will be reimbursed following successful completion of the course. The application and additional information may be found at:

ChildFirst VA Forensic Interview Training June, 21
Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia (CACVA), in partnership with The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), will offer ChildFirstTM Virginia Forensic Interview Training at Virginia Highlands Community College, 100 VHCC Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210. ChildFirst™ Virginia is an intensive five-day course through which students learn the skills necessary to conduct a forensic interview of a suspected child abuse victim. It combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course. Moreover, participants must conduct a 30-minute interview of a professional actor playing the role of a sexually-abused child after which the interviewer is critiqued by a professional forensic interviewer and cohort of fellow students. The course is specifically designed for attendance by multidisciplinary teams comprised of CPS investigators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers. Applications must be received by CACVA on or before Wednesday, April 17, 2019. You may contact Maggie Cullinan, CACVA Program Coordinator, at 276-644-3371 or via e-mail at maggiecullinan.cacva@gmail.com should you have any questions. Training sessions are limited to only 40 participants. Through a reimbursement process, VDSS offers full scholarships to CPS investigators and/or their supervisors to facilitate attendance of this training. Selected candidates will be contacted by the CPS Program regarding scholarship details, and will be reimbursed following successful completion of the course. The application and additional information may be found at:

Evidence-based MH treatments for youth June, 26 / 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
This one-day symposium focuses on evidence-based mental health treatments for children and adolescents. The program will combine presentation of evidence-based interventions with illustration of their implementation. Expert faculty for this special program will be John R. Weisz, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University and Professor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weisz will cover a variety of diagnoses and evidence-based interventions for each as well as approaches effective with multi-problem youth. The content of the program may benefit a spectrum of professionals: providers, administrators and others working in mental health services settings; faculty, evaluation professionals, and others in schools, colleges and universities, and other settings educating and training youth and young adults; law, policy and advocacy professionals working to improve mental health services systems; and others. Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $80. Others $195. Group discount - $80 rate - available for two or more from your agency, office, facility or work setting: contact els2e@virginia.edu. The symposium will be held at Caplin Pavilion, School of Law, University of Virginia, located at 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-1738. Lunch will be on your own. Detailed information for program content, expert faculty, registration and continuing education can be found at: