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:


Monday, March 25 – The Poverty Simulation

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a unique, interactive experience designed to help participants appreciate what it may be like to live in poverty. Participants will explore the realities of living with a small budget, limited time, and high stress by role-playing as familial units challenged by a specific set of circumstances. It is designed to help us “re-think” poverty and explore how we as individuals and collectively find new ways to assist those facing disparity everyday. During the prep and/or via email prior to March 25th, you will be provided a more detailed overview of the simulation and more information regarding volunteer roles. 

Roles:

  • 45 students/volunteers will assume the roles of up to 15 families facing poverty (newly unemployed, homeless, TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - recipients, senior citizens receiving disability, grandparents raising their grandchildren, etc.)
  • 16 students/volunteers will represent community resources and services (bank, utility company, pawn broker, social service agency, faith-based agency, payday and title loan facility, school, community health center, childcare center, law enforcement, employer, etc.)

Time: 4:00-8:30 pm
Location: Robert B. Rowling Hall, 300 W Martin Luther King Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
RSVP: lorilconerly@yahoo.com


Wednesday, March 27 – Any Baby Can

Any Baby Can guides parents in building confidence, nurturing relationships, and planning for the future so that children — and their entire families — can reach their full potential. With services that meet clients where they are (at home, work or school) our team provides in-home therapy, parent education, medical case management, resource navigation and other support services. Join us this afternoon as we meet with Valerie Lopez-Stern, Parents as Teachers Supervisor, and Marie Gonzales, Director of Programs, of Any Baby Can, as they share with us the scope of their programming, and how CASA can best stay informed of how we can utilize their services on cases.

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


Friday, April 19 – Stewards of Children

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. 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. You will learn signs of sexual abuse; the types of situations in which child sexual abuse could occur; simple, effective strategies for protecting children; how to talk about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults; and the tools to react responsibly.

Time: 9:00-11:30 am
Location: Center for Child Protection Conference Center, 8509 FM 969, Building 1, Austin, Texas,78724
Register: https://centerforchildprotection.org/stewards-training-date-5/


Wednesday, May 8 – Family Engagement Training

Whether you’re interested in joining CASA’s team of Family Engagement 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 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, July 22, 6:00-8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 11, 6:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, November 21, 6:00-8:30 pm


Friday, May 10 – 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, 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


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


Friday & Saturday, May 17-18 – 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, 2nd floor
RSVP to avictoria@casatravis.org by May 3

Please note: this is now an all-day training on Friday as well as Saturday.

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.