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:

Monday-Tuesday, February 8-9 – Race, Democracy and Public Policy in America

The LBJ School and the Center for the Study of Race amd Democracy (CSRD) will host the Center’s inaugural national conference on Feb 8th & 9th, 2016, from 11:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Race, Democracy and Public Policy in America will bring together nationally recognized scholars, activists, and students to analyze race, democracy, and public policy from LBJ’s Great Society to the Age of Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by Charlayne Hunter Gault, Award Winning Journalist and Civil Rights Activist and Yohuru Williams, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and author of ‘Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power.” Scholars from around the country, including a number of UT faculty, will participate in the two-day conference. Panel topics will include: From Selma to Ferguson: Grassroots Activism from the Meredith March to Black Lives Matter; The Great Society Then and Now: Reimagining the Racial Justice and Public Policy Legacies of the 1960s; The Civil Rights Movement and Public Policy in the 21st Century; The Color of Change: Racial Justice, Public Policy, and Grassroots Activism in Obama’s America; Reimagining American Democracy and Racial Justice: Civil Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Ferguson and Black Lives Matter; and Bridging America’s Racial and Policy Divide.

Time: 11:45 am - 7:30 pm

Location: The LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall, 2315 Red River St, Austin 78713


Tuesday, February 9 – Resourcing Daycare Options for Children in Care

This session will provide participants an overview of the CPS daycare services. Participants will receive information regarding the laws, regulations and funding for daycare services. Participants will be provided with information regarding the processing of requests for daycare services and the causes of delays in accessing those services. Participants may feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to this session.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: Travis County Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe St Room 436, Austin 78701

No RSVP Necessary

Tuesday, February 16 – Child Forensic Medical Evaluations

Kelly Liker, MD, will be joining us for a brown bag on forensic medical evaluations. Dr. Liker is the Medical Director at Dell Children's Child Abuse Pediatrics and serves as a community board member with the Center for Child Protection. Included in the presentation will be an overview of red flags for different types of abuse and information on the medical evaluation process that children may experience. Participants may feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to this session.

One social work CEU will be offered for attendance at this session.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor


Friday-Saturday, February 19-20 – 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. This session 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.

Due to the extensive amount information to cover, a prerequisite online course for this training is required. When you RSVP, you will be sent a link to complete the prerequisite before the training date.

Please note that space for the 2-day training is limited and may fill quickly; we will try to make accommodations when possible. Dinner Friday evening, breakfast Saturday and snacks throughout will be provided.

Time: Friday 6:00 - 9:00 pm & Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location:CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor


Tuesday, February 23 – Texas CASA Annual Forum Child Welfare Policy Primer

The Forum is designed to educate stakeholders in the child welfare community on important issues affecting foster children. At the Child Welfare Policy Primer, expert panelists will discuss trauma-informed care and Collaborative Family Engagement, two of the most urgent issues that affect children in state protective care. Following the free Policy Primer, there is an awards luncheon that you can attend for a fee.

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 E. 4th St. Austin, TX 78701


If you have any questions about Continuing Education, please contact Training Coordinator Shannon Moreno via email.