Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program Continuing Education Series Information

Substance Abuse
Jan. 11 8:30 a.m. - noon Columbus
Jan. 11 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Domestic Violence
Feb. 1 12:30 - 4 p.m. Dayton
Child Development
March 1 12:30 - 4 p.m. Toledo
The GAL Interview
April 12 12:30 - 4 p.m. Ashland
Report Writing
April 27 12:30 - 4 p.m. Cincinnati
May 24 8:30 a.m. - noon Columbus
May 24 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Psychiatric Disorders
June 21 12:30 - 4 p.m. Cleveland
The GAL Interview
July 5 12:30 - 4 p.m. Athens
Psychiatric Disorders
Aug. 16 12:30 - 4 p.m. Dayton
Sept. 21 12:30 - 4 p.m. Toledo
Child Development
Oct. 11 12:30 - 4 p.m. Cleveland
Nov. 1 12:30 - 4 p.m. Youngstown
The GAL Interview
Nov. 15 12:30 - 4 p.m. Cincinnati
Psychiatric Issues & Adolescents
Dec. 19 8:30 a.m. - noon Columbus
Dec. 19 1 - 4:30 p.m. Columbus
Online Courses (available until Dec. 31, 2017)
Advanced Topics in Child Abuse 2017
Advanced Topics in Divorce Cases 2017
Child-Centered Decision Making for the Best Interests of the Child 2017
Enhancing Judicial Response to Domestic Child Sex Trafficking and Runaway Youth 2017

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 2013 Calendar year 2014
During calendar year 2014 Calendar year 2015
During calendar year 2015 Calendar year 2016
During calendar year 2016 Calendar year 2017

Is there a cost for this course?

The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College pre-service education course is available free of charge for a limited time.

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 brochures 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.