Beyond the Bench 2019

Beyond the Bench 25: Joining Forces for a Better Future for Children & Families will take place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego on December 17–18, 2019, with pre-conference events on December 16, 2019.

Online registration has closed. Registration for the conference will be available onsite. The onsite registration fee for the core, 2-day conference is $700. The daily rate is $400. The rate for preconference events on December 16, 2019 is $200.

Beyond the Bench 25 Logo and link to registration page


The landscape of child welfare and juvenile justice is changing rapidly. Attendees depend on Beyond the Bench’s tradition of multi-disciplinary learning and collaboration to provide innovative solutions for adapting to new policies and practices and improving outcomes for children, youth, and families.

This statewide conference brings together judges, court professionals, attorneys, social workers, probation officers, agency leaders, students, volunteers, advocates and subject matter experts, mental and behavioral health specialists, educators, and other system partners to transform practice. The conference strives to provide attendees opportunities to:

  • Build multidisciplinary collaborations to implement policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels;
  • Participate in an interactive environment that explores practical and effective approaches spanning case types and disciplines;
  • Receive training on current core, collateral, and crossover juvenile law issues;
  • Understand the practice implications of the latest knowledge about the impact of trauma, mental and behavioral health issues on outcomes for children, youth and families;
  • Learn leading edge approaches to addressing issues of race, disproportionality, poverty, and bias; and
  • Listen to youth perspectives.

Questions:  E-mail questions to or by phone 415-865-7599.

Beyond the Bench Materials

This conference provides 84 educational sessions focusing on multi-disciplinary learning and collaboration among juvenile law stakeholders to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. If provided by faculty, content is available via the links below. The links will continue to be updated as we receive materials. To find materials for each session select the day the training is offered, and the title will be listed as in the program.


Features preconference courses addressing advanced trial skills, juvenile dependency law and process, the epigenetics of racial and historical trauma, and children with an incarcerated parent. One course, open to judges only, covers risk assessment in domestic violence cases.


Features preconference courses with topics including newcomer immigrant youth, trauma-informed adjudication of youth, permanency for high needs youth, a poverty roleplaying workshop, a session for judges on the top ethical issues for juvenile and family court judges, and a meeting of court-appointed dependency counsel. Features over 30 conference courses addressing topics including adverse childhood experiences, foster care, juvenile law, education, gun violence, implicit bias, and mental health.


Features over 35 conference courses addressing topics including immigration, addiction, domestic violence, tribal youth, technology, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), juvenile justice reform, and LGBTQ youth.

The Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC), is an approved MCLE provider #4781. Approval requests are pending for approximately 100 hours of MCLE credit (Rule 3.601(c)).

The Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC), provider number 58804, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for BBS licensees. CFCC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This training is currently being reviewed to determine how many hours meet the qualifications for continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

The Judicial Council of California is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Judicial Council of California maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC) will seek credits provided by BCSS for STC credits for probation officers for appropriate courses.

Beyond the Bench Staff