Family Law Section Partners With OSCA For New Statewide Trauma Workshop Series

Family Law Section Partners With OSCA For New Statewide Trauma Workshop Series

A Trauma Informed Court(s) workshop has been scheduled on Friday, June 7th 2024 at the Lee County Administration Building East ( 1st Floor Conf. Room), Downtown Fort Myers. The OSCA and the family law section of the Florida Bar are facilitating eleven (11) of these workshops around the State of Florida through June 2024. The goal of this workshop is to provide education in an effort to cultivate trauma-informed and trauma-responsive domestic relations courts around the state. The target audience will include our judges / magistrates who hear domestic relations cases, family law attorneys and court staff.

"This is an unprecedented alliance that was formed for one, critical purpose — to educate attorneys, legal professionals, and members of the judiciary on the importance of understanding how trauma affects so many family law-related cases,” said Sarah E. Kay, chair of the Family Law Section. “We must do better to understand how actions and decisions we make affect these families, and we are incredibly grateful to Rose Patterson at OSCA and Judge Jack Helinger of the Sixth Circuit Court for working with us to develop this important series."

The goal is to better serve Florida’s families by cultivating trauma-informed and trauma-responsive domestic relations courts.

The day-long, interactive workshops will address the impact of toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, resiliency, self-care technology, and guiding principles for family courts. CLE, CJE, and CEU credits will be given upon completion of the course.

The cost to attend each workshop is $50 for non-judges and magistrates. Judges and court staff who wish to attend the workshop should contact Paola Pana at for a special discount code which waives the registration fee. Click here to register

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