The Court Improvement Program provides training for judges, attorneys and foster care review boards.

The attorney training is a three-tiered training - beginning, intermediate and specialty training.

The beginning level training, Introduction to Child Dependency Law, is for the newly-licensed attorney or seasoned attorney who is in need of a refresher course. Practicing in Child Welfare Cases is the intermediate level program.

Upcoming Training Events

  Please click on the title of the training for details and to register.

Attorney Training

What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Participatory Defense
February 28, 2018  Nashville, TN





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Distance Learning

The Court Improvement offers distance learning classes via webcast. Click the links below to watch the webcast and take the corresponding CLE quiz to obtain CLE credit.

CLE credits will only be given once for each training, regardless of calendar year. 

Please Note:  The Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education limits the number of hours an attorney may earn from on-line trainings to eight (8) hours per year.  Also, an attorney may take each course only one time for CLE credit.


The trainings are best viewed on a PC/Laptop using Internet Explorer 11. You may be prompted to download or update the SilverLight software.  The videos in the training will not work if you choose to use Google Chrome, and you may experience playback issues if using FireFox.    You may view the trainings on a mobile device by downloading the Silverlight App.  Additional information on troubleshooting can be found here: Troubleshooting Assistance.


An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for the Guardian ad Litem  (2.33 hours  - 1.33 general and 1.0 dual CLE credit)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (1.25 hours of general CLE credit)

Creating Normalcy Through Prudent Parenting (1.50 hours general CLE credit)

Addressing the Developmental and Health Needs of Children in Foster Care (3.82 hours of general CLE Credit)
 **Required Course for attorneys who want to become a Guardian ad Litem.



Foster Care Review Board Training