Continuing Ed Trainings

April 3-18 - Play: The Great God Pan 

Jamie’s life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career, and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin.  Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world. Street Corner Arts is offering CASA volunteers and staff $5 discounts for tickets to this play that will count as Continuing Education hours because of its focus on dealing with the repercussions of childhood abuse. 

Location: Hyde Park Theater, 511 W 43rd, Austin, 78759

Cost: Full price tickets $20. Get $5 off with the discount code "CASA."

Schedule and Tickets: https://secure.buyplaytix.com/streetcornerarts/reserve/the_great_god_pan.html


Tuesday, April 21 - Brown Bag: Co-Dependency of State & Federal in Immigrant Juvenile Law

Presenters: David R. Walding, Executive Director of Bernardo Kohler Center, and Tania Rosamond, S.I.J. Specialist Family Attorney with Bernardo Kohler Center

This session will cover the complex intersection of state and federal jurisdiction for Special Immigrant Juvenile cases, which areas are the exclusive purview of the state court, and why they are delegated to the state. It will explain the required state court findings, and most common misconceptions about what is needed from the state court.

This presentation will be held in the 126th District Court, located on the 4th floor (room 436) of the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse. There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP to attend these sessions. Seating is available on a first-come basis. You do not need to be an attorney to attend. Attendees are always welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat in the courtroom during the presentation.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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


Thursday, April 23 - Why doesn't this kid do what I ask? Understanding Children in the Child Welfare System Who May Have Been Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol

Presented by: Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities

This free training explores the impact of FASD in the child welfare and court systems and would benefit professionals that work with these child-serving systems i.e. CPS employees, CASA volunteers, legal professionals, foster and adoptive parents, Recovery Coaches, Home Visitors, Juvenile Justice professionals, Policy Advocates, and Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities professionals.  Our goal is to increase your effectiveness in working with children , youth, birth families, foster parents, and individuals considering adoption.  The day will include a panel discussion of experts and our keynote speaker, Dr. Mary DeJoseph, will discuss the potential lifelong impacts of prenatal substance use.

Keynote Speaker:  Mary DeJoseph, D.O. is an adjunct instructor and program facilitator with the New Jersey/ Northeast FASD Education and Training Center at the Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies. She is also a research advisor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and she is licensed in Family Medicine. She serves on the New Jersey FASD Task Force and consults with the Mental Health Association in her state.

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Texas Health and Human Services, 909 W 45th St, Room 164 (Bldg 2), Austin 78751

Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-the-impact-of-fasd-in-child-serving-systems-tickets-16190765014


Tuesday, April 28 - Human Trafficking

Presenters: Allies Against Slavery

Human trafficking is a global problem, often referred to as modern day slavery. Just as 18th century slaves were considered non-human property that were bought and sold, controlled by the physical violence, subjected to sexual use by the master, and without a voice, victims of human trafficking have invisible, but very real chains. This presentation will cover what human trafficking is, risk factors and vulnerabilities for exploitation, how to identify potential victims within your work and community, and the role of the CASA volunteer within the context of the child welfare system when trafficking of a youth is suspected.

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor

RSVP: molly.latham@casatravis.org


Saturday, May 2 - 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. Learn more about our Family Finding program at http://www.casatravis.org/familyfinding

Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor

RSVP: aj.barak@casatravis.org


Tuesday, May 19 - Brown Bag: Surrogate Parent Training

Presenter: Ian Spechler, staff attorney with Disability Rights Texas

The purpose of this training will be to describe the federal and state laws related to special education. The session will focus particularly on special education issues that come up frequently for foster children. At the end of the session, those wishing to be certified as surrogate parents to act on behalf of children in special education will be allowed to receive a certificate.

This presentation will be held in the 126th District Court, located on the 4th floor of the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse. There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP to attend these sessions. Seating is available on a first-come basis. Attendees are always welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat in the courtroom during the presentation.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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

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