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. 

For the full Continuing Education training calendar and library, please log into our Volunteer Resource Area and see the sidebar menu. If you do not have the username and password, please contact your supervisor!

Here are some upcoming training opportunities that will count towards your approved Continuing Education hours:

Thursday, September 28 – Webinar: School-Based Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

LGBTQ foster youth experience higher rates of bullying and are more likely to drop out of school – but positive, affirming school environments can truly be a lifeline for this population. In this webinar, you will learn about the risk factors for LGBTQ youth in education settings and how this intersects with their out-of-home care status. You will also explore best practices to help ensure that LGBTQ foster youth have a welcoming and supportive school experience; and learn about school resources, behaviors and policies that can encourage the healthy development of LGBTQ youth and create the building blocks for their lifelong opportunities and academic success.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, October 4 – Trauma-Informed Care and Sex Education Training

Presented by: Stephanie Herbert and the Austin Child Guidance Center

By focusing solely on risk and prevention, sex education programs often alienate and shame youth who have had sex or experienced sexual violence. This workshop will help address the need for trauma-informed sex education and strategies for adapting existing interventions. 

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin 78741
Cost: $30

Wednesday, October 25 – Webinar: The Role of Youth Advocates in Developing Affirming Families for LGBTQ Youth

Many agencies understand the need to develop more affirming families for LGBTQ youth in care, yet struggle to meet the family-based placement needs of this vulnerable population. In this webinar, You Gotta Believe, an agency in Coney Island, NY, will present the strategies behind its innovative and impactful model for engaging Youth Advocates in finding permanent families for adolescents, including LGBTQ youth in particular.

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Thursday, October 26 – Travis County Cares: Addressing Teen Pregnancy Among Foster Youth

Presented by the The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the goal of this event is to educate individuals in the Travis County area who work with foster youth and raise their interest in and understanding of teen and unplanned pregnancy, along with sexual and reproductive health. Those who attend the training will have increased knowledge about the issue of unplanned pregnancy among foster youth and how to address it. You will specifically learn what resources are available for foster youth in the area of sexual and reproductive health and pregnancy prevention; how to access those services; persons responsible for assisting foster youth with their reproductive health care needs; and promising practice ideas for courts and community organizations to partner together to address problems associated with pregnancy among foster youth.

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave, Austin 78705

If you know of any upcoming trainings or webinars to add to this list, please contact Training Specialist Ryan Broussard via email.