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:

Friday-Saturday, September 18-19 - TBRI for Advocates

Join us for the second series of trauma informed advocacy titled “Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) for Advocates.” This 7.5 hour training is the second series of three designed to provide advocates with education, resources and support when working with children from hard places. This session will provide hands on resources and information on how trauma impacts the brain of children from hard places, what resources are currently available in the Travis County system, and tools to enhance trauma informed advocacy.

Due to the extensive amount information to cover, a prerequisite for this training is that the advocate has either participated in a TBRI Info Session or has audited Class 11 of the CASA Volunteer. Please note that space is limited and may fill quickly; we will try to make accommodations when possible. Dinner Friday evening, breakfast Saturday and snacks throughout will be provided.

Time: Friday 6:00 - 9:00 pm & Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor


Friday-Saturday, September 18-19 - Healing Developmental Trauma: Integrating Somatic Psychology and Interpersonal Neurobiology in Working with Shame, Safety, Self and the Polyvagal Theory

This 2-day workshop highlights the practical and theoretical applications of Polyvagal Theory and other frameworks for working with complex trauma. The Polyvagal Theory, lauded as one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in psychology over the past 50 years, details how the lack of safety triggers largely unconscious defensive/survival strategies which lead to both post-traumatic reactions and long-term developmental identifications. It has been able to help us better understand the development of conditions such as anxiety, depression, autism and trauma.

Day two of the workshop will present an overview of working with complex trauma, integrating both a somatic (bottom-up) process with clients’ identity and relational dynamics (top-down). We will explore the complex, psychobiologically-driven relational framework that is often largely unconscious. This framework, laid down by our early attachment experiences, shapes our development, who we are in the world (our self), and how we relate to others. Participants will focus on how an integrative treatment approach – based on a psychobiological understanding – helps build clients’ capacity for self-regulation and interpersonal connection.

Time: Friday & Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Communities in Schools of Central Texas 3000 South IH-35, Suite 200, Austin 78704


Tuesday, September 22 - Hacking Through the Jungle of ICPC, UCCJEA, ICWA, and More

Judge Darlene Byrne hopes you can join us for the following free child welfare CLE presentation at the 126th District Court.

The overall objective this program is to increase understanding of jurisdictional issues related to the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, the UCCJEA, and the Vienna Consular Convention.

Using a case study, panel members will discuss the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, the UCCJEA, and the Vienna Consular Convention. In addition to legal issues, the panel will consider practical steps to ensure compliance with each law.

Presenters: The Honorable F. Scott McCown (Clinical Professor and Director of the Children’s Rights Clinic at the School of Law at the University of Texas) and John J. Sampson (Professor at the Children’s Rights Clinic at the School of Law at the University of Texas).

There is NO cost to attend and NO need to RSVP to attend these sessions. Seating is available on a first-come basis. Attendees are always welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat in the courtroom during the presentation.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: 126th District Court - 1000 Guadalupe St Room 436, Austin 78701

Tuesday, September 29 - Engaging with Latino Families

Esther J. Calzada, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin will hold a presentation on engaging with Latino Families. Dr. Calzada will explore cultural norms and values common within Latino Families, particularly in regards to ensuring cultural competency during casework. Following the brief presentation, Dr. Calzada will hold an informal discussion session, in which she will explore participants’ questions and/or concerns. One Social Work CEU will be offered for attending this presentation.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor


Friday-Saturday, October 9-10 - Knowing Who You Are Training – Helping Youth in Care Develop Healthy Racial and Ethnic Identity

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.

This training is required by all CPS caseworkers and many of our judges have also been through this valuable training.

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. We will be providing food for both days and this course will also give you the full 12 continuing education credits.

Time: Friday 5:30 - 9:00 pm & Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor


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