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, March 18 – 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. 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: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Kozmetsky Center for Child Protection, 8509 FM 969, Bldg 1, Austin 78724
RSVP: training@centerforchildprotection.org


Tuesday, March 21 – SAFE Futures Working with Survivors of Violence in the CPS System

This session will educate advocates for children and parents in child welfare cases about the role of the Domestic Violence CPS Legal Advocate who is present in court to provide assistance in and around CPS hearings. Presenters will introduce the legal advocate and explain how this new role came about as well as how it is designed to function. Presenters will further provide information about the type of services that the CPS legal advocate will be referring clients to.

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: 9:00 - 11:30 am
Location: 126th Civil District Court, 1000 Guadalupe, 4th floor, Austin 78701


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.