9:00 – 9:55 AM | Compassion Fatigue
As we constantly pour ourselves into our work, the focus is typically on the client, the facts and the law. Rarely do lawyers recognize the cumulative effect that years of conflict and dark subject matter have on us. This session identifies the mental, emotional and physiological effects that family law has on our psyche, and discusses some practical coping mechanisms that can help mitigate those effects.
Speaker: Douglas Fredrick, Law Office of Doug Fredrick, LLC, Springfield
9:55 – 10:46 AM | Teens & GALs - How to Navigate Teens' Wishes v. Their Best Interests
This session provides guidance to GALs navigating the murky waters of when a child's wishes are contradictory to the child's best interest. The speaker examines who the GAL represents and how to comply with the GAL standards, with particular emphasis on relating to young children and teens in foster care, under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.
Speaker: James C. Weyand, 10th Circuit Juvenile Office, Hannibal
10:46 – 11:35 AM | Home Visits – When to Do Them & What to Look For
This Advanced Guardian ad Litem training will discuss home visits in detail. Participants will learn in which cases a home visit should be conducted, discuss announced versus unannounced visits, safety of you and of your client, and how to effectively follow up after a home visit. Common concerns of identifying drugs and drug paraphernalia and the classification of unsanitary conditions will be covered.
Speaker: Melissa Buckman Young, Melissa Buckman Young, Attorney at Law, LLC, Mexico
11:35 AM | Adjourn
MAR 2 | Tammy M. Steward, 24th Judicial Circuit, Potosi
APR 1 | Venus A. Jackson, Law Office of Venus A. Jackson, Esq., LLC, St. Louis