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:
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.
This training is required by all CPS caseworkers and many of our judges have also been through this valuable training.
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. We will be providing food for both days and this course will also give you the full 12 continuing education credits.
Time: Friday 5:30 - 9:00 pm & Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor
Presenters will provide information on the disproportionate rate of burnout and compassion fatigue among lawyers who represent victims of trauma, as well as the signs and symptoms of these conditions. They will teach participants about the efficacy of peer assistance in helping lawyers affected by these conditions and offer practical suggestions for how to maintain a practice that sustains their fitness under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and provides the best representation for their clients. Speakers will discuss signs and symptoms of PTSD, resources for help and very basic Peer Support education.
Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Austin Children's Shelter, 4800 Manor Rd, Austin 78723
If you have any questions about Continuing Education, please contact Training Coordinator Shannon Moreno via email.