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:


Saturday, September 10 – Stewards of 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. Topics include simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse, the important of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults and signs of sexual abuse that allow advocates to intervene and act responsibly.

Registration is free and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis until capacity is reached.

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


Tuesday, September 20 – Evidence Based Parent Education Program Advocacy

Advocates representing caregivers and children involved with the child welfare system will gain an understanding of what constitutes an Evidence Based Practice Parent Education program and why they are the most effective programs for improving parenting skills. The subject matter will focus on the role attorneys and advocates play in creating more accessibility to appropriate parenting education/training, when advocates can best intervene to support the best service offerings and how Trauma-Informed treatment impacts the EBP parent education in Travis County.

There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP to attend this session. Attendees are always welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat in the courtroom during a presentation.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Travis County Courthouse, Room 436, 1000, Guadalupe St, Austin 78701


Tuesday, October 18 – Trauma Informed Lens: Building Blocks of Trauma Informed Care

This course will introduce The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) & The Building Blocks of Trauma Informed Care to learn how trauma impacts our community and our client systems. A basic understanding of the NMT model will be provided and how it fits with trauma informed care. Attendees will learn the 10 building blocks of trauma informed care and a brief overview of NMT. The NMT assessment provides an understanding of developmental trauma/brain development and the impact it has on individuals which, in turn, allows us, our partners, and the community to respond appropriately and in a trauma informed way.

There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP to attend this session. Attendees are always welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat in the courtroom during a presentation.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Travis County Courthouse, Room 436, 1000, Guadalupe St, Austin 78701


If you know of any upcoming trainings or webinars to add to this list, please contact Marketing Manager Steven Olender via email.