[Tribal-drug-courts] FW: FREE TRAINING: Drug Endangered Children: Building a Successful Collaborative Response Seminar

Lauren van Schilfgaarde Lauren at tlpi.org
Tue Jan 6 11:14:54 CST 2015

Please see the attached application form for this training. The training is FREE. DOJ will cover costs of travel and lodging. Please forward to your colleagues.

Thank you.

Drug Endangered Children:  Building a Successful Collaborative Response Seminar (43261), March 3-5, 2015, Columbia, South Carolina
Point of Contact:  Leslie A. Hagen, Leslie.Hagen3 at usdoj.gov<mailto:Leslie.Hagen3 at usdoj.gov>
Course Description:  The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children defines drug endangered children (DEC) as children who are at risk of suffering physical or emotional harm as a result of illegal drug use-possession, manufacturing, cultivation, or distribution.  There also may be children whose caretaker's substance misuse interferes with the caretaker's ability to parent and provide a safe and nurturing environment.  The primary challenge with illegal substance abuse and DEC is in coordinating the social and political systems charged with preventing, intervening, and treating these cases.

Accordingly, the goal of this seminar is to further develop a national network of trainers who can deliver the Core DEC Training within their communities and also connect with other DEC efforts taking place across the nation at the local, tribal, state, and national level.  This seminar is designed for individuals working cases in Indian country with child victims and/or child witnesses where drug and alcohol issues are present.  Assistant United States Attorneys, Victim-Witness Specialists, Law Enforcement Coordinators, federal law enforcement officers, tribal prosecutors, law enforcement, victim advocates, and social service personnel interested in becoming a DEC trainer or community organizer are encouraged to attend this seminar.

This seminar is a shared project of the National Indian Country Training Initiative and the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.  The training will cover the following material:  (1) relevant federal laws and strategies for developing a successful DEC program; (2) a description of how the criminal investigation is a critical point for identifying and responding to the needs of drug endangered children; (3) a description of how the criminal justice system can align with the child welfare system; and (4) an explanation of how a good handoff between agencies, followed by lasting efforts by all professionals, is critical to track and reduce potential harm to children.

At the conclusion of this skill-building training, students will be certified instructors of the National Core DEC Training Program.  Students will receive a USB flash drive (jump drive) with all the necessary materials to do DEC presentations in their home communities.

Leslie A. Hagen
National Indian Country Training Coordinator
U.S. Department of Justice
1620 Pendleton St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Leslie.Hagen3 at usdoj.gov<mailto:Leslie.Hagen3 at usdoj.gov>
Direct: 803-705-5061
BlackBerry: 202-658-8490

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