In addition to the initial 39 hours of training and courtroom observation, we ask that volunteers complete 12 hours of Continuing Education each year, including trainings hosted by CASA and within the community; relevant books, articles, podcasts or films; webinars and more. 

For the full Continuing Education training calendar and library, please log into our Volunteer Resource Area and see the sidebar menu. If you do not have the username and password, please contact your supervisor!

Here are some upcoming training opportunities that will count towards your approved Continuing Education hours:


Tuesday, December 11 – Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

The training is a prevention and response program for adults that provides simple and effective practices to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is the only internationally available program
scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. This revolutionary program is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children and particularly appropriate for training staff and
volunteers of youth-serving organizations (sports leagues, day care centers, afterschool programs, children’s clubs, church groups, and more).

Time: 9:00 am-11:30 am
Location: Center for Child Protection Conference Center, 8509 FM 969 #2, Austin, TX 78724
RSVP: https://centerforchildprotection.org/stewards-training-date-7/


Friday, January 11 – 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, 2nd floor
RSVP: cjones@casatravis.org

Future trainings:

  • Friday, March 15, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Friday, May 10, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Friday, July 12, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Friday, September 20, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Friday, November 1, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Thursday, January 17 – 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, 2nd floor
RSVP: cjones@casatravis.org

Future trainings:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 6:00-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 14, 6:00-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 9, 6:00-8:30 pm
  • Monday, September 23, 6:00-8:30 pm
  • Monday, November 18, 6:00-8:30 pm

Wednesday, January 23 – Family Engagement Training

Interested in a different kind of volunteer role with CASA? The Family Engagement (FE) team supports case volunteers by conducting in-depth research on family connections for children in foster care. FE 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 connectedness. 

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd floor
RSVP: cjones@casatravis.org

Future trainings:

  • Monday, March 4, 6:00-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6:00-8:30 pm
  • Monday, July 22, 6:00-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 11, 6:00-8:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 21, 6:00-8:30 pm

 

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