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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

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We offer trainings throughout the year on various topics related to children's law and child well-being. All of our programs are developed by former practitioners with years of experience and expertise in the topic area and are designed to ensure you get the most out of your training experience. Please check back for updates - trainings are added throughout the year.


Child Abuse Dynamics Expert Witness Testimony Training

This training is designed for prosecutors and forensic interviewers in the state to improve skills related to the presentation of child abuse behavioral dynamics evidence in the form of blind expert testimony. The training will begin with a foundational review of the caselaw that allows for the expert testimony and provides guidance on the best practices to offer such testimony. Strategies related to how to properly prepare, communicate, and defend the testimony will be provided. 

This free training will be held at the Joseph F. Rice School of Law in Columbia on Friday, May 17, 2024.

Child Death Investigations: The Basics (In-person)

This  training on the basics of child death investigations will address the following topics: 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. *This training is the same content that is offered as a 2-part virtual training. It is being offered both virtually and in-person to suit the individual learning needs of attendees.
This full-day training will be held in  the Children's Law Center Training Center in Columbia on June 10, 2024

ChildFirst® South Carolina

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.
This training will be offered at the Children’s Law Center's Training Center. 
2024 Dates:  August 26-30, October 14-18 

This registration is not for DSS staff. If you are a DSS employee,  register for this course on the DSS LMS only.  This registration is for non-DSS attendees only. 

Child Sexual Abuse Investigations: The Basics (In-person)

This 1-day, in-person training focuses on the basics of child sexual abuse investigations with an emphasis on multidisciplinary coordination. Part I of the training will focus on the roles and function of the multidisciplinary team (MDT), the dynamics of child sexual abuse, legal issues in child sexual abuse cases such as applicable definitions from the S.C. Children’s Code and related criminal statutes, common evidentiary hearsay exceptions used in child abuse cases, and unique child hearsay statutory exceptions. Part II will focus on interviewing techniques and methods and strategies to corroborate a child’s disclosure of abuse. *This training is the same content that is offered as a virtual training. It is being offered both virtually and in-person to suit the individual learning needs of attendees.

This training will be held in  the Children's Law Center Training Center in Columbia on May 21, 2024.

Conducting Reenactments in Child Death Investigations

This training is designed for law enforcement officers and coroners or their designees who have completed “Child Death Investigations: The Basics” training offered by the Children’s Law Center.   This is a 1-day, in-person training that focuses on conducting reenactments with caregivers in child death investigations and incorporates hands-on practice in a mock crime scene apartment.
This training will be held in  the Children's Law Center Training Center in Columbia on June 18, 2024.

GAL/CASA Training: Exploring the DSS Case from the Defendant’s Viewpoint

This training, offered exclusively for current staff, guardians, and attorneys with the Cass Elias McCarter GAL Program and Richland County CASA, will explore the DSS case from the viewpoint of the defendant. The panel will feature an Indigent Defense Contract Attorney for family court, a GAL/CASA staff professional, a DSS supervisor, and the SC GAL Program General Counsel. This training will take place virtually on May 17, 2024 from 9-10:30 am.

Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Webinar

This is a live webinar, designed for mandated reporters and professionals who have frequent contact with children. This webinar is being offered to anyone wishing to attend, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm on:
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Monday, June 17, 2024
This training  is also being offered to organizations upon request.

Training of Trainers: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This training is for professionals interested in conducting mandated reporter training within their organization. All registrants must have previously attended a basic mandated reporter training with the Children’s Law Center.
This training is being offered on May 16, 2024 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm); Participants will also be required to conduct a virtual presentation on May 23, 2024.

The  Child Maltreatment and Juvenile Justice Connection:  Delinquency Prevention Through Resilience Development (Recorded Webinar)

This training will provide an overview of South Carolina’s juvenile justice system and explore the dynamics behind why abused or neglected youth are more likely to become delinquent. Topics will include the prevalence of and risk factors associated with juvenile justice and child welfare involvement and the role of complex trauma. The training will also cover best practices and current efforts that effectively serve these youth and their families.

Communication Challenges with Special Populations of Children (Recorded Webinar)

This recorded webinar 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. Part 1 will address children with autism, speech impairments, and intellectual disabilities. Part 2 will address children with a visual impairment or blindness, children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and children with trauma-induced communication barriers.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This interactive online training is designed to equip mandated reporters with information regarding their role and responsibilities as mandated reporters and to increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills in reporting child abuse and neglect.

South Carolina Child Abuse Response Protocol Training

This on-line, self-paced training consists of approximately 3.5 hours of instruction and includes the following topics: Introduction to the SC Child Abuse Response Protocol; The Initial Child Abuse Response for DSS and Law Enforcement First Responders; Referral to a SC Children’s Advocacy Center and Services Provided; The Forensic Medical Exam and the SC Children’s Advocacy Medical Response System; The Investigative Process, Joint Investigation (DSS and law enforcement), and Special Issues; The GAL and Court Appointed Special Advocate; The Court Process and Preparing the Child for the Courtroom; and Resources, Revisions, and Maintenance of the Protocol.

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