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:


Saturday, July 11 - LGBTQAI...How Many More Letters Are Left?

The language and psychological, social, and cultural theories around sexual orientation and gender identity are evolving at a rapid pace. The interactive training will discuss current theory and research around these topics in addition to giving participants tools on how to stay current and engaged when less familiar terms like demisexual, greysexual, or skioliosexual raise their confusing heads. Both theory and practical applications for the therapeutic environment will be addressed. All knowledge levels welcome! Mental health professionals, caseworkers, CPS staff and youth workers are encouraged to attend. Bring questions and cases for discussion..

Time: 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Location: YWCA Greater Austin – 2015 South IH 35 Suite 110, Austin TX 78741

Register: http://bit.ly/1LODDGf.


Tuesday, July 14 - Family Finding Volunteer Training

Please join CASA’s Family Finding Team for an insightful look at how information on family members can be obtained through detailed case file and internet searches. These trainings also cover issues of attachment and identity and will give volunteers tools to communicate effectively with family members and youth. Family members of youth in foster care should be sought out at every stage of a CPS case. Therefore, every CASA volunteer should either utilize the Family Finding Program services or should obtain training to conduct a search of their own. Family Finding training counts as Continuing Education hours and volunteers are welcome to attend without joining the Family Finding team of volunteers - it may be helpful on your own casework! Learn more about our Family Finding program at http://www.casatravis.org/familyfinding.

Time: 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor

RSVP: arenold@casatravis.org


Tuesday, July 21 - Summer Film Series: I Am Sam

CASA of Travis County is proud to present the second film in our new summer Continuing Ed movie series, I Am Sam, starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. This humorous and heartwarming film tells the story of an intellectually disabled father who enlists the aid of a high-powered attorney to help him regain custody of his daughter. In the process, concepts of love, family and best interests are explored. The film lasts for 2.5 hours and will be followed by a brief talk-back. Due to the length of the film, we plan to start the viewing promptly at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be provided, and space is limited.

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor

RSVP:  shannon.moreno@casatravis.org


Thursday-Friday, August 20-21 - Collaborating to Achieve Equity

The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities is hosting its second Cross-Systems Summit, focusing on collaborating across systems to address racial inequities and how service delivery in health and human services, education, juvenile justice, housing, disability, and other areas affect outcomes. The summit will feature breakout sessions both days including topics such as achieving health equity; policy informed practice; social equity in transportation; social movement around disabilities; community engagement innovations; impacting racial and ethnic inequities in child welfare; and restorative discipline.

Time: Thursday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, and Friday, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: DoubleTree Austin Hotel, 6505 IH-35 North 78752

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13lu7WIyljB1sIcFSMlJy5Y3ECOC84OmphHvTyXGqFP4/viewform


If you have any questions about Continuing Education, please contact Training Coordinator Shannon Moreno via email.