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Welcome to the Children’s Law Center training registration system. From this page, you can find current training sessions and additional information about each session. To register for a course, you must create an online account. This account will retain records of your registered and completed courses. It will also make registering for future training sessions easier. Once you have created an account, you can log in to access your training records, register for an upcoming training, or manage your account. Please Note: Some training sessions are offered on more than one date, so be sure to check the date(s) of the training before you register.


Current Available Training Sessions

To view more information about a training session, please click on the training session title.

Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART ONE

Date: 2021-08-16

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART ONE

Date: 2021-09-13

Time: 9:00 AM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART ONE

Date: 2021-11-15

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART ONE

Date: 2021-12-06

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART THREE

Date: 2021-08-20

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART THREE

Date: 2021-09-17

Time: 9:00 AM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART THREE

Date: 2021-11-19

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART THREE

Date: 2021-12-10

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART TWO

Date: 2021-08-18

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART TWO

Date: 2021-09-15

Time: 9:00 AM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART TWO

Date: 2021-11-17

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


Child Death Investigations: The Basics - PART TWO

Date: 2021-12-08

Time: 1:00 PM

Description: This is a 3-part, virtual training that focuses on the basics of child death investigations. This training will be broken up into 3, 2-hour blocks and offered on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Topics will include causes and manners of child deaths; response and review of a child death, to include an overview of the Child Death Investigation Task Force; proper procedures for conducting reenactments; interviewing parents/caregivers and witnesses; collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence; procedures for photographic documentation; documenting investigative findings; multi-disciplinary coordination of investigations; and the appropriate roles of DSS and law enforcement. Applicable definitions from the Children’s Code and criminal statutes will also be addressed. This training will be offered online.


ChildFirst® South Carolina

Date: 2021-10-25

Time: 8:30 AM

Description:

ChildFirst® South Carolina is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct an investigative interview—also known as a forensic interview—of a suspected child abuse victim. This interactive course combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course. Participants also 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 a group of fellow students. Completion of this training does not result in any recognized state professional “certification” to conduct forensic interviews

 

Requirements. If a team from your county has attended a previous session of ChildFirst® South Carolina or Finding Words South Carolina and you work as part of that team, you may register as an individual. However, you must meet the basic requirements of any team member:

 

(1)  You must be a South Carolina state professional, unless otherwise approved in writing by Zero Abuse Project.

 

(2)  You must work in a job, through formal professional affiliation with a Children’s Advocacy Center, in which you conduct forensic interviews of suspected child abuse victims.

 

(3)  You may also attend if you refer children to a children’s advocacy center for forensic interviews as part of a child maltreatment investigation or you defend forensic interviews in court.  Most frequently, these professionals are law enforcement officers, DSS attorneys, DSS caseworkers, and prosecutors. Your participation in this training is focused on understanding the forensic interview process and how it fits into your comprehensive investigation. 

 

(4)  You must commit to attending every session. Anyone who misses a session, does not complete the practical exercises, or fails the examination will not be awarded a certificate of course completion.

Tuition is $350.00 per person. After registering, you will receive an email regarding payment. If the training is hosted in-person, participants are responsible for their own lodging and per diem arrangements and expenses.

2021 Location. The course will be conducted on a virtual platform OR at the Metropolitan CAC at 3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29204.  Decisions about location will be made throughout the year as we assess the changing COVID-19 pandemic.  

This registration is not for DSS staff. If you are DSS, please register for the "ChildFirst South Carolina for DSS Staff" course.


ChildFirst® South Carolina for DSS Staff

Date: 2021-10-25

Time: 8:30 AM

Description:

ChildFirst® South Carolina is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct an investigative interview—also known as a forensic interview—of a suspected child abuse victim. This interactive course combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course. Participants also 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 a group of fellow students. Completion of this training does not result in any recognized state professional “certification” to conduct forensic interviews

The Children’s Law Center has a contract with the State Office of the Department of Social Services that pays registration fees, lodging, and per diem for DSS participants. Therefore, individual DSS employees do not need to pay the registration fee. However, DSS employees must obtain the County Director’s signature on an approval form which will be emailed upon registration. Attendance priority will be given to DSS staff who work in investigations.  

2021 Location. The course will be conducted on a virtual platform OR at the Metropolitan CAC at 3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29204.  Decisions about location will be made throughout the year as we assess the changing COVID-19 pandemic.  


Communication and Collaboration Between Guardians and DSS Case Managers

Date: 2021-08-06

Time: 9:00 AM

Description: This training will provide techniques and strategies for improving communication and collaboration between guardians and DSS case managers. Topics will include: effective communication utilizing “the seven C’s of communication,” active listening, and five principles of collaboration. The training will also provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of both the DSS case manager and the guardian, and how their similarities and differences impact the child and family in child abuse and neglect cases. There is no charge for this training. This training will be offered on a virtual platform.


Communication Challenges with Special Populations of Children (RECORDED WEBINAR)

Date: 2020-12-04

Time: 12:00 AM

Description:

This previously recorded 2-part webinar series is a multidisciplinary training designed for professionals who may have contact with potentially abused or neglected children with communication barriers. This includes children with autism, speech impairments, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments or blindness, and trauma- induced communication barriers; and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training will provide participants with a basic overview of these disabilities, communication challenges that may be encountered, and strategies to effectively communicate with these children. Presenters include staff from Family Connections S.C., S.C. Department of Education, S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind, and Impact Clinical Consulting. Participants will also receive contact list of resource professionals in South Carolina who are available for consultation if needed.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Aiken Head Start

Date: 2021-08-10

Time: 1:00PM

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Fostering Great Ideas

Date: 2021-08-13

Time: 10:00AM

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Legacy Early College Elementary School

Date: 2021-08-09

Time: 2:30PM

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Legacy Early College High School

Date: 2021-08-06

Time: 9:00am

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - McColl Elementary/Middle School

Date: 2021-09-07

Time: 3:30pm

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Open Registration

Date: 2021-08-16

Time: 5:00pm

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Open Registration

Date: 2021-08-23

Time: 5:00pm

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Open Registration

Date: 2021-08-25

Time: 11:00am

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Palmetto Scholars Academy

Date: 2021-08-12

Time: 1:00PM

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

Date: 2021-08-11

Time: 1:00PM

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - South Carolina Virtual Charter School

Date: 2021-08-05

Time: 1:00PM

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Southside Christian School

Date: 2021-08-09

Time: 10:30AM

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Upstate AHEC

Date: 2021-08-05

Time: 9:00am

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar - Upstate Area Health Education Center

Date: 2021-08-05

Time: 9:00am

Description: This webinar is designed for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and professionals who have frequent contact with children, who play a key role in protecting children by identifying possible maltreatment and reporting it to the agencies responsible for investigation and intervention. Participants will learn to identify mandated reporters according to South Carolina law; describe statutory requirements and protections; identify the role and responsibilities of mandated reporters; recognize signs of possible abuse and neglect; and describe when to make a report of child abuse and neglect.


RECORDED Child Testimony in Family Court for DSS & GAL Attorneys - Part ONE: Stress, Trauma, Recantation; Courtroom Preparation

Date: 2020-09-11

Time: 12:00AM

Description: This recorded webinar is offered exclusively to DSS and GAL attorneys to enhance courtroom skills related to the presentation of child testimony in family court. This training will provide techniques and strategies to reduce the stress and trauma endured by children having to appear in the courtroom setting and to reduce the risk of possible recantation.


RECORDED Child Testimony in Family Court for DSS & GAL Attorneys - Part TWO: Pretrial Motions (§ 19-1-180) and Closed-circuit Television; Proper Questioning and Techniques

Date: 2020-09-11

Time: 12:00AM

Description: This recorded webinar is offered exclusively to DSS and GAL attorneys to enhance courtroom skills related to the presentation of child testimony in family court. The training includes information on Children’s Advocacy Centers and the utilization of victim advocates; pretrial motion procedures, including the use of closed-circuit television or presentation of child hearsay through S.C. Code of Laws § 19-1-180; and the process of effective child witness preparation.


SC DSS Legal Training for CWP - Session 21.13

Date: 2021-07-26

Time: 9:00 AM

Description: This intensive, interactive training was designed to assist new DSS caseworkers in preparing and presenting cases in court. Topics include the role of the family court, reasonable efforts, roles of the guardian ad litem and foster parents, evidence, confidentiality, working with the agency attorneys, types of abuse and neglect proceedings, preparing for court, and testifying in court.


SC DSS Legal Training for CWP - Session 21.14

Date: 2021-08-09

Time: 9:00 AM

Description: This intensive, interactive training was designed to assist new DSS caseworkers in preparing and presenting cases in court. Topics include the role of the family court, reasonable efforts, roles of the guardian ad litem and foster parents, evidence, confidentiality, working with the agency attorneys, types of abuse and neglect proceedings, preparing for court, and testifying in court.