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:

Thursday, March 22 – Communities in Schools of Central Texas

Children cannot learn at their potential when they are in crisis or face significant non-academic challenges. Communities In Schools provides support by bringing resources and relationships to school campuses -- surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Last year, 99% of the students intensively served by Communities In Schools stayed in school.

Join us as we learn more about CIS, and the role of ongoing support they offer for youth across sixty-two elementary, middle, and high school campuses of Central Texas.

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: CASA Training Room
CASA's new offices are located at 7600 Chevy Chase Dr, Ste 200 Austin, 78752

Friday, March 23 – Fostering Resilience in Families and Communities

This symposium is presented by the Community ENgaged Texas Research ALliance (CENTRAL), at the University of Texas of Austin. CENTRAL's grand challenge is to revolutionize how we learn and share knowledge about individuals, families and communities.  Fostering healthy development in individuals, families and communities is a CENTRAL goal. How do we better capture the essence of the human experience? How do we transform data into knowledge? How do we integrate the needs of communities with science to support and engage with youth and families? Transforming our approach to this science starts with a conversation.
Scholars, community leaders and policy makers will gather for a day-long symposium, with a focus on scientific progress in the study of adversity and resilience, the way in which innovations in technology can be used to better assess environments and health, and the essential role of community engagement in promoting better science and intervention.

Time: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Location: Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Room 1.110, Austin, 78712
*This is a free event

Tuesday, March 27 – Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

This 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.  You will learn the types of situations in which child sexual abuse could occur, and simple, effective strategies for protecting children; how to talk about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults; and signs of sexual abuse and the tools to react responsibly. 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: John and Maxine Roberts Conference Center, 8509 FM 969, Bldg 2, Austin, 78724
This is a free event.

Tuesday, April 10 at 6:00 pm and Tuesday, April 24 at 11:30 am - Secondary Trauma, Self-Care, and CASA Advocacy

Secondary Trauma is the emotional duress that occurs when an individual hears, reads, or is otherwise exposed to another person’s traumatic experience. Over time, this exposure can itself mimic the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. As CASA volunteers, it is vital to the work that you also recognize the signs and symptoms of secondary trauma, how to manage those experiences, and how to remain mindful of routine self-care. 

This Continuing Education session is a special format in two parts: the first half is an information session about Secondary Trauma and Self-Care. In the second half, we invite you to join us in the round to discuss secondary trauma and self-care from a more personal perspective.

Times: Evening Session: Tuesday, April 10th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Daytime Session: Tuesday, April 24th, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: CASA Conference Room
RSVP: In your RSVP, please indicate whether you plan to attend the the Evening session (April 10 at 6:00) or the Daytime session (April 24 at 11:30). 
*Space is limited. Due to the format of this Continuing Education session, we can only accept the first 14 RSVPs to each session

Friday - Saturday, April 13 -14 – Knowing Who You Are: Helping Youth in Care Develop Healthy Racial and Ethnic Identity

This 1.5-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: Friday 5:30 - 9:00 pm & Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: by Monday, April 2.
This training requires participants to complete pre-work assignments; this pre-work will be sent to you upon your RSVP.

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