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April 4, 2012
Judicial College Class Now Offered Online

The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College is offering its first online course specifically for the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Education Program Continuing Education Series: The GAL Interview Online Edition. The course is a redesigned version of the live course The GAL Interview.

The self-study course will explore four areas of a GAL’s role in interviewing and communicating with children. Those four areas include child abuse cases previously in the news and how they shaped an investigation, examining a GAL’s role in court proceedings when a child is interviewed, exploring how children use and understand language at various developmental stages and how to use that information to better communicate with children, and a review of research and current theory regarding the participation of children in the court process.

“This is our first online, self-study offering for GALs and it is a unique initiative in the United States,” said James Landon, education program manager with the Judicial College. “The Judicial College is proud of our progress regarding the education of guardians ad litem, and we hope that GALs consider this course as an option as they advance their skills and serve Ohio’s juvenile and domestic relations courts.”

“The GAL’s can work at their own pace with this self-study course and earn three hours of continuing education that will satisfy the continuing education requirements in Superintendence Rule 48. Of course, the college will continue to offer ‘live’ GAL courses for those who prefer classroom learning,” Landon said.

The tuition-free course is open to attorney and non-attorney guardians ad litem who have completed a pre-service course. Those taking the course will receive 3 credit hours of self-study continuing legal education and/or 3 credit hours of continuing professional education for social workers.  To register for the course, visit www.judicialecademy.ohio.gov.