In addition to the initial 39 hours of training and courtroom observation, we ask that volunteers complete 12 hours of Continuing Education each year, including trainings hosted by CASA and within the community; relevant books, articles, podcasts or films; webinars and more.
Here are some upcoming training opportunities that will count towards your approved Continuing Education hours:
Courageous Conversations is an introductory course in a training curriculum from the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, which is with the Health and Human Services Commission. With a vastly disproportionate number of children of color in the CPS system versus children of color in the general population, there exists a strong potential for cultural barriers in providing meaningful work with children and families. Ensuring that the cultural needs of their CASA children are being met appropriately is a vital role of each CASA volunteer. Courageous Conversations provides structured guidance of how CASA volunteers can facilitate positive conversations to address and resolve situations where a child or family’s culture is not being appropriately honored.
Training participants will establish a common language to inform work to address racial disproportionality and disparities. The power of socialization will be examined and participants will review local data for powerful evidence of racial inequities within our systems. Participants will have courageous conversations about race, consider resources for supporting positive change, and learn the importance of having community members inform decision making within agencies and systems. Doors will open at 8:30am with a light breakfast provided, and then the training will begin promptly at 9:00 am.
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: CASA of Travis County, 2nd Floor Training Room