The WESTRAIN program provides in-state training for state legislators and staff on a variety of professional development topics. Trainers are leaders in their respective areas of expertise offering non-partisan perspectives and hands-on instruction on a range of relevant topics:


Communications – Communications or media expert helps legislators and/or legislative staff become more effective at dealing with the media and public speaking.


Time Management – Productivity experts help legislators and/or legislative staff manage the competing demands for their time and attention.


Stress Management – Learn strategies to cope more easily with workloads and expectations that cause stress and burnout.


Negotiation, Consensus-Building, Conflict Resolution – Negotiation techniques for legislators on how to reach common ground, make a deal, and build consensus.


Ethics– Going beyond rules and laws to act ethically and avoid the appearance of conflict of interest.


The WESTRAIN program was implemented in 2012 to address an expressed member need for more accessible professional development training. Working in consultation with our leadership, CSG West will continue to assess member needs ensuring that appropriate skills training are available to our membership.


For more information about the program and how to request training services, please contact Erica Miller, Programs and Communications Manager, at 916-553-4423 or


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