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2020 8-hour Guardian ad Litem Training

Total Credits: 8.1 MCLE, 0.0 Ethics, 0.0 Elimination of Bias, 8.0 Kansas Credit

Practice Area:
Family |  GAL |  Juvenile
Audio and Video
Access for 1 year(s) after program date.



This seminar is an online rebroadcast of a previously recorded program. To participate, you listen and view online.

Originally presented at the 2019 Family Law Conference

8:30 – 8:41 AM | Guardian ad Litem: Role & Responsibility
Speaker: Chad T. Courtney
Courtney & Mills, LLC, Springfield 
This concise session explains the role of the GAL and introduces statues and standards that guide and govern GALs.  

8:41 – 9:28 AM | Comprehensive Trauma Treatment
Speaker: Rene McCreary
, ED. S. LPC, Director of Counseling Services, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), Kansas City 
This session will focus on practices for treating both youth and adults who have experienced trauma.  Ms. McCreary will introduce some of the basic processes of the most common treatment protocols and provide tools needed to locate qualified trauma therapists to treat both youth and adults. 

9:28 – 10:15 AM | Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Speaker: Rene McCreary
Learn what EMDR is and how it works, as well as for who EMDR can be used and when it may not be the treatment of choice. Get tools to guide you in making effective referrals for both youth and adults. 

10:15 – 10:30 AM | Break

10:30 – 11:20 AM | Domestic Violence 101
Speaker: Pamela Roychaudhury
, Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Joplin 
Examine the nature and dynamics of domestic violence. Specifically, the behavior of individuals who abuse, the complex effects of domestic violence on survivors and their children, its intersection with the judicial system, and tools for a guardian ad litem to utilize when domestic violence is present. 

11:20 AM – 12:10 PM | Proper Use of Custody Evaluations 
Speakers: Arthur H. Nissenbaum
Law Offices of Arthur H. Nissenbaum, LLC, St. Louis; Dr. Rick ScottScott Psychological Associates, LLC, St. Louis 
Learn to identify when a psychological or child custody evaluation may be necessary by utilizing guidelines to help analyze these situations. The presentation will examine the types of evaluations available, discuss practical examples and issues to consider, and identify the most effective use of an evaluation. 

12:10 – 1:10 PM | Lunch

1:10 – 1:57 PM | Permanency & The Family First Prevention Services Act
Speaker: Becky Stone
Foster America Fellow, Missouri Children’s Division, Jefferson City 
The Family First Prevention Services Act, passed in February 2018, allows states to use federal title IV-E funds to prevent children from entering foster care. This legislation provides the opportunity for states to provide evidence-based services to families in the areas of parenting, substance abuse treatment and mental health interventions, to prevent removal of children. Learn about this powerful new tool for addressing permanency through prevention. 

1:57 – 2:47 PM | JUDICIAL PANEL: Judicial Expectations – GAL Do’s & Don’ts
Panelists: Hon. Elizabeth V. Rohrs
30th Judicial Circuit, Bolivar; Hon. Sherrill L. Rosen16th Judicial Circuit, Independence; Hon. Margaret T. Donnelly, 21st Judicial Circuit, St. Louis 
Judges will share their expectations of Guardians ad Litem as well as provide tips on how to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Guardian ad Litem. 

2:47 – 2:57 PM | Break

2:57 – 3:47 PM | The GAL’s Role When the Child Resists the Parenting Plan 
Speaker: Larry V. Swall II
Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A., Liberty 
Guardians ad Litem are often in the middle of difficult and/or high conflict families where there is evidence of child resistance to a parent, alienating behaviors by a parent, or a child who is completely alienated from a parent-child relationship. This program is designed to help GALs identify issues associated with this dynamic, define a “treatment” methodology, identify appropriate professionals to provide services, and to protect the ultimate best interests of children and their relationships with parents. 

3:47 – 4:37 PM | Tools to Disengage the TOO Engaged Co-Parents
Speakers: Simone Haberstock McCartney
The Law Offices of Simone Haberstock McCartney, LLC, Richmond Heights; Arthur H. Nissenbaum 
This session will help you identify high-conflict parents who will be best served with parallel parenting plans; develop parallel parenting plans; make a case for a parallel parenting plan in trial; and take actions that support disengagement of the parents. 

4:37 PM | Adjourn 


JUN 29 | Deborah L. Pearce, Attorney at Law, Ballwin
JUL 8 | Kevin Barnes, Assistantgeneralcounsel.Com, St. Louis
JUL 22 | Kathryn P. Banks, J.D., LL.M., Associate Professor of Practice, Director, Children's Rights Clinic, St. Louis 
AUG 13 | Diarra Cross-Davis, CD Law Group, LLC, St. Louis
SEP 14 |  Tammy M. Steward, 24th Judicial Circuit, Potosi
OCT 22 | Tara A. Ohler, Epstein-Lang & Ohler, LLC,Richmond Heights
NOV 16 | Ryan E. Neal, Clayton
DEC 9 | LaTonya J. Marshall, Attorney at Law, Sedalia


Speaker Bio

Chad Courtney's Profile

Chad Courtney Related seminars and products

Courtney & Mills, LLC

Chad T. Courtney practices in areas of workers compensation, personal injury, domestic relations and general civil litigation. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he served as Treasurer of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Courtney received Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and Sociology in 1996 from the University of Missouri.

Mr. Courtney is a member of The Missouri Bar, Committee Member of the Family Law Planning Committee; Secretary of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section - 2015-2016, Vice-Chair of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section 2017-present; Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association; Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society; FarmHouse Fraternity; and is admitted to practice in the state of Missouri and Federal bar of Missouri.

Pamela Roychaudhury's Profile

Pamela Roychaudhury Related seminars and products

Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Pamela Roychaudhury received her JD from UMKC in 2001.Ms. Roychaudhury was a staff attorney at LAWMO from 2001 to 2007 specializes in the representation of victims of abuse. In 2007, she joined the Joplin office and continues to represent victims of abuse and many clients in housing, consumer, and probate matters.

Arthur Nissenbaum Related seminars and products

Law Offices of Arthur H. Nissenbaum, LLC

Mr. Art Nissenbaum has a domestic relations practice in St. Louis. He often acts in the capacity of a Guardian Ad Litem. Art is also a mediator and parent coordinator. Art received his law degree from John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. His undergraduate training was in psychology and human development/family at the University of Kansas. Art also received his Master of Arts degree in public administration from St. Louis University. Art currently participates on the St. Louis County Parent Coordinator Committee and is the current President on the Board for the Missouri Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Rick Scott Related seminars and products

Richard Scott, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Saint Louis. He graduated from St. Louis University and specializes in psychology.

Rebecca Stone Related seminars and products

Becky has worked in financial services, advising investment clients and supporting student loan recipients. Previously, at the Target Corporation, Becky had operational responsibility for St. Louis and regional stores. At Target, she used a data-driven approach to exceed sales quotas and growth goals by effectively managing teams while diminishing costs and losses. In the retail sector, she led change management and project implementation, profitably bringing fresh produce to 23 Missouri Target stores and launching Sephora branches inside regional JCPenney locations. Becky is parenting her children through the loss of their father; her experience seeking support has made the mission of family strengthening a personal goal.

Hon. Elizabeth Rohrs's Profile

Hon. Elizabeth Rohrs Related seminars and products

Judge Rohrs has served as Associate Circuit Judge in Polk County since 2015, where she is the Family Court Judge. Prior to her election, she was engaged in private practice, served as Bolivar Municipal Judge and adjunct university instructor. She is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Hon. Sherrill Rosen's Profile

Hon. Sherrill Rosen Related seminars and products

16th Judicial Court

Commissioner Sherrill L. Rosen was appointed Commissioner in 1994. She helped draft Missouri's adult abuse act and handled the constitutional challenge to it. She often served as a guardian ad litem. She received the KCMBA Moorhouse Dedication to Children award, and is a MOLW Women’s Justice Award winner.

Hon. Margaret Donnelly's Profile

Hon. Margaret Donnelly Related seminars and products

21st Judicial Circuit

Margaret Donnelly was appointed circuit judge in August, 2016, by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon. She was a St. Louis County Family Court commissioner from 2013 until her appointment as circuit judge.

Judge Donnelly holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees from Saint Louis University, and graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1988. From 1988 to 2009, she was engaged in the private practice of law. She served in the Missouri Legislature as a state representative for District 73 from 2003 to 2009, and was the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from 2009 to 2012.

Judge Donnelly has been honored for service by the Missouri Judicial Conference and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She received the Women's Justice Citizenship Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital Advocate of the Year award, and Paraquad Disability Rights Legislative Leadership Award.  She is a member of the Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association and Mound City Bar Association.

Judge Donnelly lives in St. Louis County with her family.

Larry Swall's Profile

Larry Swall Related seminars and products

Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A.

Larry V. Swall is a family law attorney in Liberty, Missouri, with Swall Hutchings & Associates LLC. He also serves as Executive Director of M.A.R.C.H., Inc., (Mediation Achieving Results for Children). His private practice is concentrated in areas of family law and domestic relations, including domestic mediation.  In 2009, Mr. Swall was twice honored by the Missouri Bar Association, first as the Roger Krumm Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award; and , second with the distinguished President's Award for extraordinary service to the Bar.

He is a member of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section, serving as Chair, as well as serving on the Family Law Legislative Review Committee and the CLE Committee. He was Planning Chair for the Missouri Bar Annual Family Law Conference for seven years beginning in 1999; and a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Child Support Guideline Review Committee in 2008 and 2009. He is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, in both the Family Law Section and Juvenile Law Committee, and the Clay County Bar Association.

Mr. Swall is a past President and founding member of the Missouri Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, serving as Chair of the Parenting Coordination Task Force. He is a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, and a General Member of Association of Conflict Resolution.

He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, 1990, and San Diego State University, BA-Philosophy, 1987. Mr. Swall was formerly a Professor with Drury College (Springfield, Missouri) where he taught in areas of law, including family law, and philosophy, and at Maple Woods Community College (Kansas City, Missouri) in the Department of Social Science, Philosophy.

Simone Haberstock's Profile

Simone Haberstock Related seminars and products

The Law Offices of Simone A. Haberstock, LLC

Ms. Simone McCartney received her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1991 (cum laude) and her LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2013. She has practiced family law for over 26 years and served as a mediator for 17 years. She has been a lead trainer for certified trainings in Civil Mediation, Family Law Mediation and Parenting Coordination and frequently speaks on ADR and Family Law topics for both the Missouri Bar and local bar associations. She is a court-approved mediator and neutral in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties; a qualified parenting coordinator in St. Louis County; a trained facilitator; and she is one of the founders of Confluence Missouri, nonprofit organization established in 2015 to provide low cost and no cost dispute resolution services in St. Louis and to support dispute resolution professionals with training and experience.


Tue, Nov 16, 2021 - 08:30am to 04:38pm CST
Thu, Dec 09, 2021 - 08:30am to 04:38pm CST

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