2016 Court Improvement Summit

The Summit is a biennial training hosted by the Court Improvement Program for child welfare professionals in Utah. Our purpose is to increase child welfare expertise in the legal community and facilitate cross-training opportunities among agencies, courts and other key stakeholders.

Our theme this year is Join Us at the Table. The idea is that much of the improvements of the child welfare system in Utah happen at local Table/Agency meetings. We want to encourage practitioners to follow-that collaborative model and have that focus coming into the Summit.

Keynote Address: Creating a More Trauma-Responsive Court Process
Alicia Summers, Ph.D., National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges - PDF


Resolve to Evolve: Taking Safety Decision Making to the Next Level
Sarah Houser, M.S.W., Division of Child and Family Services - PDF

  • Five Protective Factors

2016 Indian Child Welfare Act and Regulations: Overview and Update
Matthew N. Newman, J.D., Native American Rights Fund (NARF) - PDF

Achieving Permanency for the Teens: Wendy's Wonderful Kids Model
Kathy Searle, CSW, The Adoption Exchange
Marty Shannon, LCSW, Division of Child and Family Services

  • Youth Voices for Permanency full paper - PDF
  • Youth Voices for Permanency single page - PDF
  • Aging Out 2015 Utah Dept. of Human Services Research - PDF
  • Child-focused recruitment model - PDF

Disability and Diminished Capacity in the Juvenile Courts
Brent Hall, J.D., Jennings and Medura, LLC
Neil Skousen, J.D.

  • Utah State Bar Rule 1.14 Client with Diminished Capacity - PDF
  • Utah State Bar Ethics Opinion No 06-04 - PDF
  • Utah State Bar Ethics Opinion No 13-03 - PDF
  • U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Protecting the Rights of Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities - PDF

Ute Tribe Title IV-E Waiver Program
Bob Schulte & Floyd Wyasket, Ute Family Services - PDF

Date and Location


August 25, 2016 from 7:30 - 5 PM
August 26, 2016 from 8:00 - 1 PM

Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
101 West 100 North
Provo, Utah 84601

  • Program: 2016 CIP Summit - PDF



The Utah State Bar approved 10.5 CLE Credits, including 1.0 Professionalism and Civility Credit.