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.


Monday, March 30 – Sexual Abuse Risk Management (Virtual Training)

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: This training will take place over Zoom.  You will need a computer, phone or tablet capable of audio and an internet connection.
To register and add the training to your calendar: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpQscumorDIuZ5tniCC0If5RhPD45OYZ4A

Monday, April 20 – Family Finding (Virtual Training)

Interested in learning more about CASA’s important work of keeping relatives and fictive kin engaged in the lives of the kids we serve? CASA’s Family Finding (FF) team supports kids’ need for connection 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: This training will take place over Zoom.  You will need a computer, phone or tablet capable of audio and an internet connection.
To register and add the training to your calendar:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJ0sc--tqTwphF8oUt7W7lW5VrcQTRPr9Q

Tuesday, April 28 – Early Family Engagement (Virtual 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: This training will take place over Zoom.  You will need a computer, phone or tablet capable of audio and an internet connection.
To register and add the training to your calendar: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5Utde6opzsjEetDrB7y2ozRyMQxXV-7vg
 

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.