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, September 20 – Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Presenters: CASA of Travis County’s Trauma-Informed Advocacy Committee

Using methods from Trust-Based Relational Intervention as our guide, this recently revamped 7.5 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

Monday, September 23 – Early Family Engagement Training

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: Catherine Jones

Wednesdays,  October 2 & October 16 and Tuesday, October 29 –Texas Law INCLUDE SPEAK: Support Parents’ Education, Advocacy, and Knowledge

Texas Law INCLUDE is holding a ​three-part education and training series for CASA Volunteers and the caregivers of CASA children in special education​ called SPEAK: Support Parents’ Education, Advocacy, and Knowledge. SPEAK’s mission is to reach volunteers and caregivers to empower them to speak up during ARD meetings and advocate on behalf of the children.

The goal of the three-part series is to build leaders and provide updated information and learning that will help the advocates feel like more of an equal partner at those important meetings that affect the child's educational programming. This is a special Continuing Education series, as this is designed for both CASA Volunteers and Caregivers of children in special education. If you have a caregiver on your case who may benefit from this series, please share this information with them! Each session will begin with a brief presentation, then attendees will be placed in breakout groups for more direct aid. Breakout groups and materials will be in English and in Spanish.

Training schedule:

  • Wednesday, October 2: ​Special Education Basics
  • Wednesday, October 16: ​Creating and Modifying Goals & Objectives for Your Child
  • Tuesday, October 29: Working to Improve the Behavior Intervention Plan
Time: 6:00–8:00 pm 
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Ryan Broussard

*By sending an RSVP before October 2, you are reserving your spot in all three sessions. It is best that attendees commit to attending the full 3-part series. Please indicate in your RSVP if you are not able to attend all sessions. There will be a brief three question survey upon your RSVP.


Thursday, October 17; Wednesday, October 23; Wednesday, October 30 & Wednesday, November 6 – Trauma-Informed Advocacy, Four-Part Series

Presenters: CASA of Travis County’s Trauma & Resilience Committee

In order to widen our base of Trauma-Informed Volunteers, the Trauma & Resilience Committee will be offering a series of four 2-hour sessions taken directly from our traditional 8-hour Trauma-Informed Advocacy training.

Using methods from Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) as our guide, these trainings are designed to provide advocates with education, resources and support when working with children from hard places. These sessions 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.

Training schedule:

  • Thursday, October 17: Introduction to Trauma, Trauma & the Brain, and Attachment
  • Wednesday, October 23: Intro to TBRI & TBRI Principles
  • Wednesday, October 30: Resources & Communicating and Trauma-Informed Educational Advocacy
  • Wednesday, November 6:  Bringing it All Together
Time: 6:00–8:00 pm 
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Ryan Broussard

*RSVPs are due on or before Monday, October 14. By sending an RSVP, you are reserving your spot in all four sessions. We ask that attendees commit to attending the full 4-part series.


Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26 – 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
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: Alejandro Victoria

This training requires participants to complete pre-work assignments; this pre-work will be sent to you upon your RSVP.


Wednesday, November 21 – Family Finding Training

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: Catherine Jones

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.