This page contains all published Continuing Education blog posts — containing information and updates regarding volunteer continuing education opportunities and recertification — sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

New Events: Continuing Education Training

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following continuing education training events were recently added to our calendar.

New Educational Advocacy Guidelines and Training

On Monday, April 29, 2013, Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program Volunteer Trainer Christine Gornik provided information to staff and volunteer guardians ad litem about new statewide guidelines on educational advocacy, designed to provide advanced and action level tools and information.

The information provided is the most current, updated since the implementation of the statewide guidelines and changes in Florida Department of Education policies. Even if you are not considering an educational advocacy certification, the materials are a good resource to familiarize you on the changes.

The new guidelines include a three-step process for current staff and volunteer guardians ad litem, detailed below. The curriculum was first presented during Volunteer Training P in April 2013 and will continue to be provided at future pre-service training sessions.

Step 1 — Review Presentation and Documents
These materials will provide staff and volunteers with a basic understanding on how to work within the school system to advocate for school stability, needed educational services and the participation of the child in school activities, helping lead to a feeling of normalcy and well-being.

Step 2 — Become an Educational Surrogate
If you already an educational surrogate, this step is complete for you. Otherwise, the next training to become an educational surrogate is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS). Participants may earn two (2) hours of continuing education credit.

Step 3 — Complete the Advanced Educational Advocacy Certification Program
The next Educational Advocacy Certification Program training is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Leon County Court Annex. Participants may earn four (4) hours of continuing education credit for attending both sessions.

Please contact Christine Gornik at christine.gornik@gal.fl.gov or (850) 606-1228 with any questions.

Update
2014-09-06: updated to reflect new Educational Advocacy Document Library

New Events: Continuing Education Training

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following continuing education training events were recently added to our calendar.

New Events: Continuing Education and Fundraisers

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events have been recently added to our calendar.

New Event: My JumpVault Continuing Education

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following event was recently added to our calendar.

My JumpVault
A continuing education event hosted by the Second Judicial Circuit Educational Advocacy Team. Information will be provided on a safe and secure place online to store and easily retrieve all of your child's important documents.

New Events: Training Courses and Meet and Greet

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events were recently added to our calendar.

Family Time Continuing Education Video

A new continuing education opportunity is now available for volunteer guardians ad litem.

On Friday, September 9, 2011, Florida's Center for the Advancement of Child Welfare Practice posted a video entitled "Engaging Families through Creative, Safe and Promising Family Time (Visitation) Practices" to their website. Charles Nelson recently said that he "came away with several new ideas [volunteers and staff] may want to consider" after watching the video.

Presented by Judge Lynn Tepper of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court and Kelly Plouffe, Program Director for the Pasco Kids First sexual abuse treatment program, the video provides useful tips for volunteers and staff on "enhancing the visitation experience between families and children," understanding the removal process and the importance of family time.

All volunteers are encouraged to watch the forty-minute presentation. Those who watch the video may receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit. Remember, you can report your hours online quickly and easily.

Questions about continuing education may be sent to christine.gornik@gal.fl.gov.

Psychotropic Medications Continuing Education

On Monday, December 17, 2012, the Second Judicial Circuit Model Court Team hosted a training course on psychotropic medications. The educational materials, forms and workshop handouts are available to download.

Volunteer guardians ad litem who read the materials, forms and review the website links below may receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit. Remember, you can report your hours online quickly and easily.

Questions about continuing education may be sent to christine.gornik@gal.fl.gov.

Update
2014-09-06: update links to new locations in the continuing education resource center