Continuing Ed Trainings

Saturday, March 28 - Family Finding Training

Please join CASA’s Family Finding Specialist, A.J. Barak, for an insightful look at how information on family members can be obtained through detailed case file and internet searches. This training also covers 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! Meals will be served. Learn more about our Family Finding program at


Times: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor


April 3-18 - Play: The Great God Pan 

April 9 showing features talk-back panel with UT School of Social Work

Jamie’s life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career, and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin.  Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world. Street Corner Arts is offering CASA volunteers and staff $5 discounts for tickets to this play that will count as Continuing Education hours because of its focus on dealing with the repercussions of childhood abuse. The April 9th showing will feature a talk-back panel after the play regarding the impact of memory recall with regards to trauma, memory of childhood in general and more.

Location: Hyde Park Theater, 511 W 43rd, Austin, 78759

Cost: Full price tickets $20. Get $5 off with the discount code "CASA."

Schedule and Tickets:

Friday-Saturday, April 10-11 - Knowing Who You Are

This 1.5 day workshop explores race and ethnicity. It is designed to help child welfare workers and child advocates guide the children they serve to develop healthy racial and ethnic identities. This training will provide volunteers with practical ways to integrate race and ethnic identity work into day-to-day practice with all youth, regardless of race and ethnicity. The course also steers you towards tangible action plans that can help you instill a healthy racial and ethnic identity for your CASA child which will be crucial in him/her growing up to be a confident and positive individual. This training is required by all CPS caseworkers and many of our judges have also been through this valuable training.

Times: Friday, April 10, 5:30 - 9:00 pm and Saturday, April 11, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor


Tuesday, April 21 - Brown Bag: Co-Dependency of State & Federal in Immigrant Juvenile Law

Presenters: David R. Walding, Executive Director of Bernardo Kohler Center, and Tania Rosamond, S.I.J. Specialist Family Attorney with Bernardo Kohler Center

This session will cover the complex intersection of state and federal jurisdiction for Special Immigrant Juvenile cases, which areas are the exclusive purview of the state court, and why they are delegated to the state. It will explain the required state court findings, and most common misconceptions about what is needed from the state court.

This presentation will be held in the 126th District Court, located on the 4th floor (room 436) of the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse. There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP to attend these sessions. Seating is available on a first-come basis. You do not need to be an attorney to attend. Attendees are always welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat in the courtroom during the presentation.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: Travis County Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe St, Austin 78701

7701 N LAMAR BLVD STE 301 | AUSTIN TX 78752
PHONE: 512.459.2272 | FAX: 512.459.4550