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The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment and the South Dakota Unified Judicial System are hosting monthly Court Improvement Program (CIP) trainings for attorneys, judges, and other multidisciplinary professionals working with families involved in abuse and neglect cases.

The goal of these trainings is to provide relevant and up-to-date information on the South Dakota child welfare system, while offering unique approaches and standards for best practices when working with children throughout the court process.

By learning more you can help keep children safe.

May Session

Jun 29, 2022 12:00PM – Carrie Sanderson, 2022 Legislative Overview

Meet the Presenter

CPCM Director

Carrie Gonsor Sanderson is a Pierre, South Dakota native. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of South Dakota. Immediately after receiving her education, Ms. Sanderson served as the Executive Director for the South Dakota Association for County Officials where Ms. Sanderson represented South Dakota’s…

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Upcoming sessions

Future CIP training sessions:

Use the linked session titles below to register.

July – TBD, Registration Link

August – Winter Hendrickson & Dawn Johnson, Huron Safety Plan Project

September – BREAK – Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

October – TBD, Registration link

Previous Trainings

April 27, 2022: Role of a State’s Attorney in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

Presenters: Lake County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner and Pennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Roxie Erickson

March 30, 2022: Conversations with a Foster Parent

February 23, 2022: Family Time and Sibling/Relative Placement Preferences

Presenter: Sara Sheppick, SD Child Protection Services

January 26, 2022: Understanding Bias and Impact on the Legal System

Presenter: Taneeza Islam

December 29, 2021: Codington County Family Court Pilot Project

Presenter: Judge Carmen Means

November 17, 2021: Stress Triggers on Families, including Holiday Stress

Presenter: Nikki Eining, Avera Behavioral Brookings

October 27, 2021: Connecting Families and Clients with Services

Presenter: Betsy Schuster, Helpline Center

October 13, 2021: Cultural Awareness in the Courtroom

Wayne Weston, Center for Disabilities

September 22, 2021: Family Considerations in Abuse and Neglect Cases

Presenter: Tifanie Petro, Children’s Home Society

August 25, 2021: Safety and Planning Conditions for Return

Presenter: Pam Bennett, Department of Social Services

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