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:

Tuesday, February 20 – Preventing Opiate Overdose

In the midst of this nations worse drug epidemic and being that overdoses have become the leading cause of unintentional deaths in our country, this workshop will focus on the current trends and historical context of how we got here. Attendees will learn how to recognize, respond and evaluate opioid overdoses and how to administer the life saving medication, Naloxone. Mr. Kinzly has worked in the field of Harm Reduction and Public Health for the past 30 years. He is currently a national trainer and consultant on issues of substance abuse ranging from HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C interventions to the development of appropriate responses to the complexities of addiction including housing and syringe exchange and overdose prevention. He is a peer Recovery Coach and a patient navigator for individuals in the medical care system.

Time:9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Center for Child Protection, 8509 FM 969, Building 1, The Lexus Room, Austin, TX 78724

Friday, February 23 – Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

The training, Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, is a prevention and response program for adults that provides simple and effective practices to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The Center for Child Protection is an approved CEU provider for the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners & Licensed Professional Counselors, and Stewards of Children is approved by the Texas Education Agency for 2 hours of continuing education units; certificates of attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the class.

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

Monday, February 26 – Race Based Trauma: The Missing Piece of the Trauma Conversation

Child welfare advocates across the nation have engaged in the trauma informed care conversation for numerous years yet there has been a missing aspect of the conversation, race-based trauma. What prevents advocates from engaging in this aspect of the conversation? What is race-based trauma? Can we effectively engage families if we are not prepared to deal with the whole person? This workshop will lead participants in a discussion about race-based trauma, the impact on family engagement, and the importance of acknowledging this often ignored type of trauma.

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Center for Child Protection, 8509 FM 969, Building 1, Austin, TX 78724
Cost: $30

Tuesday, February 27 – Expect Respect

Teen dating abuse is a serious public health problem. One in ten students report having been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend when surveyed. Expect Respect, a program offered by SAFE, provides a comprehensive dating violence prevention program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Expect Respect is built on an ecological, trauma-informed model and offers 3 primary program components that 1) support boys and girls who have been exposed to violence, 2) mobilize youth as leaders and 3) engage schools, parents, and community organizations in creating safe and healthy environments. Join us to learn how we can support the prevention of dating violence for our children and teens.

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor

If you know of any upcoming trainings or webinars to add to this list, please contact Training Specialist Ryan Broussard via email.