Continuing Ed Trainings

Monday, August 4 - Family Finding Volunteer Training

Please join CASA’s Family Finding Specialist, A.J. Barak, for an insightful look at how information on family members can be obtained through detailed case file and internet searches. This training also covers issues of attachment and identity and will give volunteers tools to communicate effectively with family members and youth. Family members of youth in foster care should be sought out at every stage of a CPS case. Therefore, every CASA volunteer should either utilize the Family Finding Program services or should obtain training to conduct a search of their own. Visit our Family Finding webpage for more information on this new program. Family Finding training counts as Continuing Education hours and volunteers are welcome to attend without joining the Family Finding team of volunteers - it may be helpful on your own casework! Meals will be served.

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room

RSVP: aj.barak@casatravis.org


Friday, August 29 - Equine Facilitated Therapy

Presenter: Kellen Von Houser, Therapy Works Executive Director

Therapy Works is a non-profit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and rehabilitates them, then pairs them with a trained therapist who will provide trauma-focused therapy to children who have been abused or neglected. Ms. Von Houser is a licensed therapist with many years of experience in this field. In this Continuing Ed she will explain what equine therapy entails, how it works, the success stories behind it and the services they offer at Therapy Works that could be of use to CASA children.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room

RSVP: alejandra.pena@casatravis.org


Tuesday, September 16 - Permanency Values Part I

Facilitators: Holly Parks & Amy Michaels, Trainers, Casey Family Programs

This training is based on the premise that no child should ever have to grow up in foster care. Permanency is vital for healthy development and well-being in all children and youth. During this experiential training we will explore the importance of birth family connections and talk about outcomes for youth who do not achieve permanency. We will also explore our own values, beliefs, and biases related to permanency and how this impacts the youth we work with.

Part I will focus on what permanency is and why it’s important for youth. Outcomes for youth who don’t achieve permanency will be explained and discussed. Videos portraying a personal insight from youth talking about why they want permanency will presented.

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room

RSVP: alejandra.pena@casatravis.org


Tuesday, October 7 - Permanency Values Part II

Facilitators: Holly Parks & Amy Michaels, Trainers, Casey Family Programs

This training is based on the premise that no child should ever have to grow up in foster care. Permanency is vital for healthy development and well-being in all children and youth. During this experiential training we will explore the importance of birth family connections and talk about outcomes for youth who do not achieve permanency. We will also explore our own values, beliefs, and biases related to permanency and how this impacts the youth we work with.

Part II will follow the content of Part I into a more experimental session and will focus on family and youth engagement. Participants will also have a chance to practice what they’ve learned during an exercise involving case scenarios.

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room

RSVP: alejandra.pena@casatravis.org

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