Continuing Ed Trainings

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


Wednesday, September 24 - Family Finding 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. 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: 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Location: CASA Training Room

RSVP: aj.barak@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


October 24-25 - Knowing Who You Are

Facilitators: Sonia Kotecha, Director of Community & Strategic Initiatives, and Lydia Garcia, Training Director, CASA of Travis County

This 1.5 day workshop explores race and ethnicity.  It is designed to help child welfare workers and child advocates guide the children they serve to develop healthy racial and ethnic identities.  This training will provide volunteers with practical ways to integrate race and ethnic identity work into day-to-day practice with all youth, regardless of race and ethnicity. The course also steers you towards tangible action plans that can help you instill a healthy racial and ethnic identity for your CASA child which will be crucial in him/her growing up to be a confident and positive individual. This training is required by all CPS caseworkers and many of our judges have also been through this valuable training.

Time: Friday, 5:30 - 9:00 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: CASA Training Room

RSVP: molly.latham@casatravis.org or 512.539.2981

7701 N LAMAR BLVD STE 301 | AUSTIN TX 78752
PHONE: 512.459.2272 | FAX: 512.459.4550
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