Volunteer Training Schedule


Cycles A & B

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.

New for Cycles C and Beyond

The new CASA Volunteer Training program will consist of 8 in-person 3.5-hour classes, an hour of pre-work for each class 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.

Training Cycle Dates & Calendars

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  • Cycle A1: January 8 – February 9, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Mondays & Wednesdays

    Mon, Jan 8: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Wed, Jan 10: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, Jan 14: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Tues, Jan 16: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence (Please note change to Tuesday for MLK Day)
    Wed, Jan 17: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, Jan 21: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Mon, Jan 22: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Wed, Jan 24: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, Jan 28: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Mon, Jan 29: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Wed, Jan 31: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, Feb 4: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

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  • Cycle A2: January 9 – February 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays

    Tues, Jan 9: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, Jan 11: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, Jan 14: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Tues, Jan 16: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence
    Thurs, Jan 18: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, Jan 21: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Tues, Jan 23: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Thurs, Jan 25: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, Jan 28: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Tues, Jan 30: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Thurs, Feb 1: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, Feb 4: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

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  • Cycle B1: March 5 – April 6, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Mondays & Wednesdays

    Mon, Mar 5: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Wed, Mar 7: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, Mar 11: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Mon, Mar 12: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence
    Wed, Mar 14: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, Mar 18: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Mon, Mar 19: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Wed, Mar 21: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, Mar 25: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Mon, Mar 26: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Wed, Mar 28: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, April 1: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

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  • Cycle B2: March 6 – April 6, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays

    Tues, Mar 6: CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, Mar 8: Class 2 - Understanding Children
    By Sun, Mar 11: Complete Online Class 9 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
    Tues, Mar 13: Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence
    Thurs, Mar 15: Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Communications Strategies
    By Sun, Mar 18: Complete Online Class 10 - Targeted Advocacy 
    Tues, Mar 20: Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
    Thurs, Mar 22: Class 6 - Family Strengths & Building Relationships 
    By Sun, Mar 25: Complete Online Class 11 - Court Report Prerequisite
    Tues, Mar 27: Class 7 - Documentation & Court Reports
    Thurs, Mar 29: Class 8 - Policies & Procedures
    By Sun, April 1: Complete Online Class 12 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy

    Download a pdf copy of this schedule.

  • Cycle C1: April 30 – June 1, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Mondays & Wednesdays

    Mon, April 30: Class 1 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Wed, May 2: Class 2 - The Well-Being of a Child
    Mon, May 7: Class 3 - Trauma, Resilience and Communication Skills
    Wed, May 9: Class 4 - Mental Health, Poverty and Professional Communication
    Mon, May 14: Class 5 - Substance Abuse and Cultural Competence
    Wed, May 16: Class 6 - Domestic Violence and Cultural Competence
    Mon, May 21: Class 7 - Educational Advocacy, Older Youth and LGBTQ Youth
    Wed, May 23: Class 8 - Wrapping Up

  • Cycle C2: May 1 – June 1, 6:00 – 9:30 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays

    Tues, May 1: Class 1 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
    Thurs, May 3: Class 2 - The Well-Being of a Child
    Tues, May 8: Class 3 - Trauma, Resilience and Communication Skills
    Thurs, May 10: Class 4 - Mental Health, Poverty and Professional Communication
    Tues, May 15: Class 5 - Substance Abuse and Cultural Competence
    Thurs, May 17: Class 6 - Domestic Violence and Cultural Competence
    Tues, May 22: Class 7 - Educational Advocacy, Older Youth and LGBTQ Youth
    Thurs, May 24: Class 8 - Wrapping Up

Additional Training Expectations

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

Pre-Work (Starting with Cycle C): There will be approximately an hour of reading, videos and other Pre-Work prior to each of the 8 classes that you are expected to complete in order to fully participate in class.

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

Cycle A: Thursday, February 22nd
Cycle B: Thursday, April 26th
Cycle C: Thursday, June 14th

Swearing-In Ceremonies are typically held at 6:30 pm at Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center, 2515 S Congress Ave, Austin 78704. Confirmed dates and locations will be announced at the start of your training cycle.

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.