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. 


Thursday, November 21 – Family Finding Lunch and Learn 

Do the kids on your CASA case need more healthy connections, a relative caregiver, or both? Are you interested in learning how to find and engage family members and fictive kin? This shorter lunch-and-learn session is an opportunity to get some of the most useful info from our full Family Finding training to use on your cases. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch!

Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Elizabeth Throop


Monday, December 2 – Disproportionality and the CASA Volunteer

Children of color are disproportionately involved in the Child Welfare System. In order to better recognize the needs of our systems, we need to take a step back and recognize how we as CASA can improve outcomes for those we serve. Join us as we discuss how we can better honor Racial and Ethnic Identities of the children we serve, especially when our Racial and Ethnic Identities may differ!

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

Friday, December 6 – Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

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
Register: https://centerforchildprotection.org/stewards-training-date-2/

Monday, February 3 – 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: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Elizabeth Throop

Tuesday, February 18 – 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: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Catherine Jones

Friday, February 21 – 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

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

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

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.