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.
2018 Class Dates and Locations for Phase II Classroom Training
Dan McClure Auditorium
6055 Airport Auditorium Lane
Sarasota, FL 34243
Thursday Jan 18 & Friday Jan 19 - 9am to 4pm
Thursday Feb 15 & Friday Feb 16 - 9am to 4pm
Thursday Mar 15 & Friday Mar 16 - 9am to 4pm
Thursday Apr 19 & Friday Apr 20 - 9am to 4pm
Wednesday May 17 & Thursday May 18 5pm to 9pm, Friday May 19 9am to 4pm
Thursday June 14 & Friday June 15 - 9am to 4pm
Thursday Aug 16 & Friday Aug 17 - 9am to 4pm
Thursday Sept 20 & Friday Sept 21 - 9am to 4pm
Wednesday Oct 18 & Thursday Oct 19 5pm to 9pm, Friday Oct 20 9am to 4pm
Thursday Nov 15 & Friday Nov 16 - 9am to 4pm