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:

Tuesday, October 25 – [SOLD OUT] Equity: Together We Can Achieve It!

Cultural Diversity is fundamental to everything we do. In order to better serve our community, we must have an understanding of the systemic barriers faced on a daily basis by the families and individuals we serve.

Workshop objectives:

  • Participants will identify and recognize the existence of systemic racial inequities within our community and examine the impact of current policies and laws that affect disproportionate and disparate outcomes for individuals served in our systems.
  • Participants will collaborate with other professionals to examine how they play a role in perpetuating practices that lead to inequitable outcomes.
  • Participants will identify tangible strategies to address the causes of systemic racial inequities and concrete tools that can be infused in programs and service delivery.

Registration for this free workshop is full, but there is a waiting list.

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 16 – UT Child Welfare Conference 2016

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing located within The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work is pleased to offer a free continuing education opportunity again this year for professionals, students, advocates and researchers interested in child welfare and juvenile justice.

The purpose of this year’s lectureship is to provide child welfare and juvenile justice practitioners, advocates, and researchers opportunities to learn skills and strategies to support youth who are involved in both the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare systems.

Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Joe C Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin 78712
Registration and Schedule:

Optima Training

If at any time you would like a refresher on Optima you can attend the first hour of Class 2 – Practicing the CASA/GAL Role, Gathering Information & Meeting Parents 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 2 is being offered the following dates and times in 2016:

  • Wednesday, October 12th @ 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 26th @ 9:30 am
  • Monday, November 7th @ 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 10th @ 9:30 am
  • Wednesday, November 30th @ 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.