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, September 25 – Family Engagement Volunteer 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


Thursday, September 27 – Early Family Engagement Volunteer 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


Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – 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: alisa.deluna@casatravis.org


Friday, October 12 – Trauma Informed Advocacy Training

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

Please note that space for the training is limited and may fill quickly; we will try to make accommodations when possible. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Friday, October 19 – Mental Health First Aid for Youth

Presenters: Integral CARE

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training that provides people the basic tools to help someone showing signs of mental illness or substance use disorder or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can save someone who can’t breathe or is having a heart attack. This training will have a focus on youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis.This training is being offered for CASA Staff & Volunteers by Integral Care, who began offering MHFA to the community in 2009 through their Crisis Services program.  

While there will be coffee & snacks throughout the training, attendees are encouraged to bring bag lunches.

Time: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room
RSVP: https://casaoftraviscounty-mhfa10-19.eventbrite.com Password: mhfa10/19
Cost: Suggested $10 donation will go towards training facilitators, Integral CARE

If you have questions, please contact Ryan Broussard at RBroussard@casatravis.org


Wednesday, October 24 – Public Speaking for CASA: In the courtroom, on camera, and more!

Presenters: The Honorable Aurora Martinez Jones, Travis County Associate Judge; Jess Cybulski, Assistant Director of Communications for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and former morning reporter on Spectrum News; and from CASA of Travis County, Emily LeBlanc, Chief Program Officer; Alisa De Luna, Senior Director of Community Initiatives; Callie Langford, Director of Communications; and Janet Rodriguez, Director of Volunteer Admissions

Whether you’re terrified of talking in front of people, or you love it, this is a great opportunity to develop your public speaking skills for CASA at all levels. This training will focus on 3 areas: speaking up for kids in the courtroom, giving CASA presentations and speaking at CASA events, and being interviewed for TV/radio/print/other media. During this training, you will learn about all 3 of these areas to help develop your public speaking skills across the board. After the initial lessons, we’ll break up into focused practice sessions where you can actually try the speaking areas that interest you most and get feedback from the presenters and your peers.

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


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