About the Training

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Pre-Service training program is divided into three distinct phases.

Phase I - Independent Studies    This portion of the training can be completed online. This training includes viewing videos, achieving certificates via testing, viewing power points, reading articles and case studies. 8 hrs.

Phase II - Classroom Training    This portion of the training is learner-centered, interactive and   hands-on. Some of the topics include the GAL Mission Statement, Best Interest Advocacy, Cultural Diversity & Competence, Educational Advocacy, The Child Protective System, The Court Process, Path of the Case, Child Safety, Building Relationships, Working with Community Partners, and much more. 14 hrs.

Phase III - Fieldwork Training    This is the most exciting portion of the training when the new volunteer gets to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in the first two phases. This phase includes courtroom observation, administrative responsibilities, face to face visit with children and their families. During this portion of the training the new volunteer is coached and supported by an experienced GAL program manager and/or mentor.  10 hrs. 

2019 Class Dates for Phase II Classroom Training

Location : Sarasota GAL Office Training Room

Thursday January 10 and Friday January 11, 2019 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Thursday February 21 and Friday February 22, 2019 from 9:00 am -4:00 pm

Thursday March 14 and Friday March 15, 2019 from 9:00 am -4:00 pm

Thursday April 25 and Friday April 26, 2019 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Thursday May 16 and Friday May 17, 2019 from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm; and Saturday May 18, 2019 from 9:00 am -4:00 pm

Thursday June 20 and Friday June 21, 2019 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Thursday August 15 and Friday August 16, 2019 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Thursday  September 19 and Friday September 20, 2019 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Thursday October 24 and Friday October 25, 2019 from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm and Saturday October 26, 2019 from 9:00 am -4:00 pm

Thursday November 14 and Friday November 15, 2019 from 9:00 am -4:00 pm