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QIC-ChildRep Evidence-based Best Practices for Child Representation in Oklahoma

August 17, 2023

August 17 & 18, 9am-5:30pm

Tulsa Central Library, 400 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK

15 hours CLE requested, including 1 hour of Ethics

In an effort to make this training accessible to legal professionals across the state, we are offering mileage and hotel reimbursement to those traveling over 200 miles roundtrip.  If this applies to you, please register for this event and email Haruv USA Director, DeJon Knapp, dejon@ou.edu for more details.

Workshop description:

QIC-ChildRep is an evidence-based best practice model of child representation. This training builds on the two-day training developed to advance the QIC-ChildRep Best Practice Model and integrates key aspects of Oklahoma child welfare law and practice, including Oklahoma practice standards, with the goal of advancing high quality legal representation for attorneys representing children in Oklahoma child welfare cases.

Presenters’ bios:

Ashleigh Kraft, LPC-S, IMH-E®

Ashleigh Kraft provides training and consultation in the areas of infant mental health, non-profit leadership, and trauma-informed care.  The major areas of focus in her professional experiences have included working with survivors of domestic violence, child maltreatment, and interpersonal trauma.  She is trained to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security and Reflective Supervision/Consultation, and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor, Clinical.  She is a state-wide trainer for CPP in Oklahoma and is endorsed through Zero to Three as a certified state trainer for DC: 0-5.  Ashleigh is passionate about the power of relationships, supporting professional growth of therapists, and the importance of early relationships.

Hope Cooper, Staff Attorney, Tulsa Lawyers for Children

Hope Cooper, fka Hope Sheppard-Mahaffey, was born in Louisiana and grew up in Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Austin College in 2013 while volunteering at the North Texas Montessori Academy and participating in multiple extracurricular activities and groups on campus. Upon graduation, Cooper worked for a law firm specializing in Personal Injury and Probate in Richardson, Texas for two years in order to decide which route to pursue in her life career. During this time, she pursued her passion of helping children while volunteering at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Cooper moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in August of 2015 to attend the University of Tulsa College of Law. She was involved in multiple organizations at TU Law including Women’s Law Caucus, Student Bar Association, Immigration Law Clinic, Phi Alpha Delta, and Board of Advocates.  Cooper co-authored a research article on Munchausen by Proxy.  Cooper earned her Juris Doctorate in 2018 and began work at the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting juvenile and deprived and criminal cases for almost two years. Cooper began working for Tulsa Lawyers for Children in May 2021. She married Teddy Cooper in April 2022. They have one dog and two cats – Pig, Rico and Ollie; and they enjoy hiking and visiting National Parks.

Timothy Michaels-Johnson, Executive Director, Tulsa Lawyers for Children

Having earned his Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2011, Timothy Michaels-Johnson focused his career in child welfare. He joined the District Attorney’s Office of Tulsa County and prosecuted deprived child cases for nearly 5 years. Since 2016, Michaels-Johnson has worked for Tulsa Lawyers for Children representing children and training TLC’s volunteer attorneys. In May 2020, Michaels-Johnson was honored to become TLC’s third Executive Director. In addition to his work with TLC, Michaels-Johnson is Co-chair of the Juvenile Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association, member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Oversight Committee on Uniform Representation of Children and Parents in Cases Involving Abuse and Neglect, Oklahoma State Coordinator for the National Association of Counsel for Children, and will be returning to the University of Tulsa College of Law as an adjunct professor teaching Juvenile Law in the fall 2023.

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