2017 Volunteer Training Schedule


The CASA Volunteer Training program consists of 8 in-person 3-hour classes, 4 online classes and 3 hours of courtroom observation (approximately 39 hours total) completed over a 5-week cycle. You must finish all training and observation within the 5 weeks and all background checks must be completed and cleared in order to be assigned to a case. Classroom sessions are scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm with exceptions for holidays.

Training Cycle Dates & Calendars

Applications for 2017 Training Cycle A (Jan 9-Feb 10) are due by December 14th!

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  • Cycle A1: January 9 - February 10, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Mondays & Thursdays

    Mon, Jan 9: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, Jan 12: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, Jan 15: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Tues, Jan 17: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence (Please note change to Tuesday for MLK Day)
    Thurs, Jan 19: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, Jan 22: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Mon, Jan 23: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Thurs, Jan 26: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, Jan 29: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Mon, Jan 30: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Thurs, Feb 2: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, Feb 5: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

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  • Cycle A2: January 9 - February 10, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Mondays & Thursdays

    Mon, Jan 9: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, Jan 12: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, Jan 15: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Tues, Jan 17: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence (Please note change to Tuesday for MLK Day)
    Thurs, Jan 19: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, Jan 22: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Mon, Jan 23: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Thurs, Jan 26: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, Jan 29: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Mon, Jan 30: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Thurs, Feb 2: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, Feb 5: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

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  • Cycle B1: March 6 - April 7, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Mondays & Thursdays

    Mon, Mar 6: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, Mar 9: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, Mar 12: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Mon, Mar 13: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence
    Thurs, Mar 16: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, Mar 19: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Mon, Mar 20: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Thurs, Mar 23: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, Mar 26: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Mon, Mar 27: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Thurs, Mar 30: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, Apr 2: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

    Download a pdf copy of this schedule.

  • Cycle B2: March 6 - April 7, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Mondays & Thursdays

    Mon, Mar 6: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, Mar 9: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, Mar 12: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Mon, Mar 13: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence
    Thurs, Mar 16: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, Mar 19: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Mon, Mar 20: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Thurs, Mar 23: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, Mar 26: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Mon, Mar 27: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Thurs, Mar 30: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, Apr 2: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

    Download a pdf copy of this schedule.

  • Cycle C1: May 1 - June 2, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Mondays & Thursdays

    Mon, May 1: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, May 4: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, May 7: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Mon, May 8: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence
    Thurs, May 11: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, May 14: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Mon, May 15: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Thurs, May 18: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, May 21: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Mon, May 22: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Thurs, May 25: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, May 28: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

    Download a pdf copy of this schedule.

  • Cycle C2: May 1 - June 2, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Mondays & Thursdays

    Mon, May 1: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, May 4: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, May 7: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Mon, May 8: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence
    Thurs, May 11: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, May 14: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Mon, May 15: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Thurs, May 18: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, May 21: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Mon, May 22: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Thurs, May 25: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, May 28: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

    Download a pdf copy of this schedule.

Additional Training Expectations

Courtroom Observation: 3 Hours of Courtroom Observation to be completed by the final Friday of the training cycle

Swearing-In Ceremony: Attend this celebratory ceremony to take your volunteer oath after completing training. The 2017 dates are:

Cycle A: Tuesday, February 21
Cycle B: Tuesday, April 18
Cycle C: Tuesday, June 13

Swearing-In Ceremonies are typically held at 6:30 pm at Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center, 2515 S Congress Ave, Austin 78704.

Continuing Ed: You will be required to complete 12 hours of Continuing Education each year that you are an active volunteer. We offer a variety of trainings and activities to help volunteers complete this requirement. 


For questions regarding the training schedule please email volunteer@casatravis.org.