2018 Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program Continuing Education Series Information

2018 Dates
Substance Use
Jan. 24 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Columbus
Feb. 28 12:30 - 4 p.m. Dayton
The GAL Interview
Jan. 24 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Aug. 29 12:30 - 4 p.m. Perrysburg
Domestic Violence
April 2 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Columbus
April 2 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Report Writing
April 19 12:30 - 4 p.m. Akron
Sept. 27 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Developmental Disabilities
May 23 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Columbus
May 23 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Psychiatric Issues & Adolescents
June 27 12:30 - 4 p.m. Cleveland
Oct. 24 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Cincinnati
Oct. 24 1 - 4:30 p.m. Cincinnati
Understanding Child Protective Services
Aug.1 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Columbus
Aug.1 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Psychiatric Disorders in Children
Sept. 27 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Columbus
Nov. 28 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Columbus
Child Development
Nov. 28 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
GAL Symposium
Dec. 19 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Columbus
Dec. 19 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Online Courses
Advanced Topics in Child Abuse 2018
Advanced Topics in Divorce Cases 2018
Child-Centered Decision Making for the Best Interests of the Child 2018
Enhancing Judicial Response to Domestic Child Sex Trafficking and Runaway Youth 2018
Indian Child Welfare Act

Superintendence Rule 48 requires that guardians ad litem complete three hours of continuing GAL education every calendar year after completing the initial six hour pre-service course.

Who Should Attend

This course is open to attorney and non-attorney guardians ad litem who have successfully completed a pre-service course. Please refer to the chart below to determine whether you should attend a Guardian ad Litem Continuing Education course during this calendar year.

GALs who completed a pre-service course: Need to take a Continuing Education course every calendar year beginning:
Before or during calendar year 2014 Calendar year 2015
During calendar year 2015 Calendar year 2016
During calendar year 2016 Calendar year 2017
During calendar year 2017 Calendar year 2018

Is there a cost for this course?

The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College pre-service education course is currently available free of charge.

Is this course approved for CLE or CPE?

All courses are approved for three hours of regular CLE from the Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Certain courses may be approved for three hours of CPE for counselors and social workers. Please refer to the course announcements for specific information. Attendance at the entire course is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.


Registration will not be available at the door. Pre-registration is necessary and walk-in registrants will not be admitted.


To cancel your registration, log into OhioCourtEDU, search for the course for which you are registered and select “unregister.” If you cannot attend the course, you MUST notify us by noon three days prior to the course. Late cancellations and “no shows” are still costs incurred by the Supreme Court and will cause other GALs to be closed out due to space limitations.

Please direct questions related to course content to the Judicial College at 614.387.9445.