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:


Tuesday, September 27 – Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth in Foster Care

The session will include information about trauma issues in CPS cases as well as trauma-informed approaches for meeting with and interviewing foster children and youth and strategies for Attorney Ad Litems and Guardian Ad Litems to advocate for children in courtrooms, schools and placements to meet their unique needs.  The audience will learn how trauma influences a child’s ability to communicate about the case and how to appropriately respond to trauma-related behaviors. 

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 - 1:15 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.