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. 

For the full Continuing Education training calendar and library, please log into our Volunteer Resource Area and see the sidebar menu. If you do not have the username and password, please contact your supervisor!

Here are some upcoming training opportunities that will count towards your approved Continuing Education hours:


Saturday, May 20 – TBRI for Advocates

Join us for a special presentation on trauma-informed advocacy titled “Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) for Advocates.” This 7.5 hour training is designed to provide advocates with education, resources and support when working with children from hard places. It offers a new approach to working with children who have experienced trauma, emphasizing trust-building and “felt safety.” This training will provide hands on resources and information on how trauma impacts the brains of children from hard places, what resources are currently available in the Travis County system, and tools to enhance trauma-informed advocacy.

Time: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor

Wednesday, May 24 – Domestic Violence: Dynamics, Services, and CPS - SAFE

Shellie Ryan, Prevention Advocacy Manager at SAFE, will give a comprehensive introduction to domestic violence and the child welfare system. The training will give an overview of the dynamics of interpersonal violence and will discuss available services at SAFE and in the community. Special attention will be paid to how domestic violence interacts with the child welfare system and how volunteers can respond when domestic violence is present in their cases. 

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor

Friday, May 26 – Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Stewards of Children is a prevention and response program for adults. The program provides simple and effective practices to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is the only internationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors. This program is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children and particularly appropriate for training staff and volunteers of youth-serving organizations.

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Center for Child Protection Conference Center, 8509 FM 969, Bldg 1, Austin 78724

Optima Training

If at any time you would like a refresher on Optima you can attend the first hour of Class 7 – Documentation & Court Reports at the CASA training room. No need to sign up ahead of time, just show up and sign in and you’ll receive 1 hour of continuing education. Class 7 is being offered the following dates and times in 2017:

  • Monday, May 22nd @ 9:30 am
  • Monday, May 22nd @ 6:30 pm

If you know of any upcoming trainings or webinars to add to this list, please contact Marketing Manager Steven Olender via email.