Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Join us at a Continuing Education Training

Volunteer advocates are required to complete 12 hours of Continuing Education each year that they are an active volunteer. We offer a variety of trainings and activities to help volunteers complete this requirement.

Friday & Saturday, February 28 & 29 – Knowing Who You Are

This 2-day workshop explores race and ethnicity. It is designed to help child welfare workers and child advocates guide the children they serve to develop healthy racial and ethnic identities, which is crucial in them growing up to be confident and positive individuals. This training will provide volunteers with practical methods and tangible action plans to integrate race and ethnic identity work into day-to-day practice with all youth, regardless of the child or worker’s own race and ethnicity. We will be providing food for both days and this course will also give you the full 12 continuing education credits needed for the year.

Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm both days
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Alejandro Victoria

Thursday, March 5 – A film screening of Unsettled

Refugee Services of Texas Presents: A screening of Unsettled followed by a panel discussion with refugee and asylee clients, community resource partners and RST staff.

Unsettled is a feature-length documentary revealing the untold stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and who are resettling in the United States. As new leadership in America continues to demonize immigrants and drastically restrict the flow of refugees and asylum seekers into the U.S., Unsettled humanizes a group few people know who are desperately trying to create new and safer homes.

RST advises screening for ages 16 and up.

Time: 5:30-9:00 pm
Location: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Tickets: Refugee Services of Texas

Saturday, March 28 – Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a prevention and response program for adults that provides simple and effective practices to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The Center for Child Protection is an approved CEU provider for the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners & Licensed Professional Counselors, and Stewards of Children is approved by the Texas Education Agency for 2 hours of continuing education units; certificates of attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the class.

Time: 9:00–11:30 am
Location: Center for Child Protection Conference Center, 8509 FM 969, Bldg 1, Austin, TX 78724

Monday, March 30 – Sexual Abuse Risk Management

Join us as we discuss the risk factors of child sexual abuse and how CASA volunteers and staff can help prevent it.

This continuing education session has been developed from the Praesidium Guardian training; it is designed to be an overview of risk factors and methods of prevention of child sexual abuse. We will discuss the effects of child sexual abuse, have an in-depth discussion of offender types, and learn how CASA should respond when we have concerns that abuse is occurring. *This training includes recorded accounts from perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Ryan Broussard

Monday, April 20 – Family Finding

Whether you’re interested in joining CASA’s team of Family Finding volunteers or honing your family engagement skills overall, this training is an opportunity to learn more about how CASA can support kids’ need for connection by helping to build and maintain their relationships with relatives. CASA’s Family Finding (FF) team supports case volunteers by conducting in-depth research on family connections for children in foster care. FF volunteers search case files and social media to identify and locate relative and other connections for kids, and they reach out to those relatives in an attempt to engage them as supports or placements for children. In this training, volunteers will learn how to provide this service and ensure that all children have a sense of belonging and connection.

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm 
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Elizabeth Throop

Tuesday, April 28 – Early Family Engagement

Looking for a more short-term volunteer opportunity at CASA? Our Early Family Engagement (EFE) program is the first point of contact for families in the days immediately following CASA’s appointment to a case, and we're looking for volunteers to support it. EFE volunteers spend 1–2 weeks on a case making initial contacts with children and families, engaging as many relatives and community supports as possible, and representing CASA at the initial court hearing. Great EFE volunteers have strong engagement and assessment skills, work independently, enjoy diving into new cases, document their work thoroughly, and communicate well with family members and other legal parties. If you’d like to become a member of the EFE team of volunteers, please attend to learn more!

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Jessica Chihuahua

Friday, May 8 – Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Using methods from Trust-Based Relational Intervention as our guide, this 8 hour training is designed to provide advocates with education, resources and support when working with children from hard places. This session will provide information on how trauma impacts the brains of children with a history of trauma, what resources are currently available in Travis County, and how we as CASA volunteers and staff can use these tools to enhance our advocacy.

Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Ryan Broussard

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