2015 Volunteer Training for Current Participants

For those already enrolled in and planning to finish training in 2015*, CASA training consists of 12 3-hour classes and 3 hours of courtroom observation (39 hours total). Your training must begin with “CASA 101: Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role." You may take the remaining 11 classes in any order according to your schedule. You must finish all 39 hours of training and observation before you will be assigned to a case. 

*All 2015 trainees must be finished with their classes by December 21, the last day of classes in 2015. If not finished, you will be asked to start over with the new training curriculum in 2016. If you are concerned about finishing on time, please email shannon.moreno@casatravis.org as soon as possible. 

Documents for Volunteers in Training

Training Schedule

2016 Volunteer Training

The revised CASA Volunteer Training program for 2016 consists of 8 flexibly scheduled 3-hour classes, 4 online classes and 3 hours of courtroom observation (39 hours total) completed over a 5-week cycle. Your training begins with CASA 101 – Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role. You may take the remaining 11 in-person and online classes in any order according to your schedule. You must finish all 39 hours of training and observation within the 5-week cycle* and all background checks must be completed and cleared in order to be assigned to a case. Classes are offered at a variety of times and days to suit different schedules.

*If currently in training and concerned about completing all classes within the 5-week cycle, please email shannon.moreno@casatravis.org as soon as possible.

2016 Volunteer Training Cycle Dates & Calendars

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Cycle A: January 9 – February 12
Cycle B: February 27 – April 1
Cycle C: April 16 – May 20
Cycle D: June 4 – July 8
Cycle E: July 23 – August 26
Cycle F: September 10 – October 14
Cycle G: October 22 – December 2

Documents for Volunteers in Training

Volunteer Training Requirements Packet
Court Observation Directions
Volunteer Training Planner

Classes & Courtroom Observation


CASA 101 - Introducing the CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
Class 2 - Practicing the CASA/GAL Role, Gathering Information & Meeting Parents
Class 3 - Developing Cultural Competence
Class 4 - Domestic Violence & Family Strengths
Class 5 - Substance Abuse & Poverty
Class 6 - Understanding Children
Class 7 - Communicating as a CASA/GAL
Class 8 - Policies & Procedures

Classroom sessions are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (with one Saturday morning 101) at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm with exceptions for holidays.


Class 9 - Reporting in Court
Class 10 - Mental Health & Educational Advocacy
Class 11 - Introducing the Child Welfare System
Class 12 - Targeted Advocacy

Each online class includes an assignment that will be due on or before the second, third, fourth and fifth Fridays of the training cycle. You can select the order in which assignments are turned in.

Courtroom Observation:

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

Additional Training Expectations

Swearing-In Ceremony: Attend this celebratory ceremony to take your volunteer oath after completing training. Swearing-In Ceremonies are held 7 times a year in conjunction with the end of the training cycles.

The 2016 dates are:

Cycle A: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Cycle B: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Cycle C: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Cycle D: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Cycle E: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Cycle F: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Cycle G: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 

The ceremonies are 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 our Training Director, Lydia Garcia, at lydia.garcia@casatravis.org.