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, February 17 – TBRI for Advocates

Join us for a special presentation on trauma-informed advocacy titled “Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) for Advocates.” This 7.5 hour training is designed to provide advocates with education, resources and support when working with children from hard places. It offers a new approach to working with children who have experienced trauma, emphasizing trust-building and “felt safety.” This training will provide hands on resources and information on how trauma impacts the brains of children from hard places, what resources are currently available in the Travis County system, and tools to enhance trauma-informed advocacy.

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor
RSVP: charron.sumler@casatravis.org


Friday, February 24 – Stewards for Children

Stewards of Children is a prevention and response program for adults. The program provides simple and effective practices to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is the only internationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors. This program is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children and particularly appropriate for training staff and volunteers of youth-serving organizations.

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Kozmetsky Center for Child Protection, 8509 FM 969, Bldg 1, Austin 78724
RSVP: training@centerforchildprotection.org


Tuesday, February 28 – Empowering Adolescent Brain Development

Humans are legally considered adults at the age of 18. However, research shows us that the human brain continues to grow and change until age 25. Service providers and policymakers often develop programs under the assumption that youth should be fully self-sufficient and capable of making wise decisions by age 18, when in reality, people need continued support and education to hone skills and capabilities, especially if they experienced childhood trauma. This presentation will include research on brain development and strategies for enhancing decision making and problem solving skills with the youth we work with.

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: LifeWorks Resource Center, 835 North Pleasant Valley Road, Austin 78702
Register: http://bit.ly/2kySr1q


Optima Training

If at any time you would like a refresher on Optima you can attend the first hour of Class 7 – Documentation & Court Reports 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 7 is being offered the following dates and times in 2017:

  • Monday, January 30th @ 6:30 pm
  • Monday, March 27th @ 9:30 am
  • Monday, March 27th @ 6:30 pm
  • Monday, May 22nd @ 9:30 am
  • Monday, May 22nd @ 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.