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:

Wednesday, May 23 – Anatomy of a DFPS/CPS Psychological Evaluation, with Dr. Richard K. Yuen

Psychological evaluations are a common occurrence for CPS cases. But what precisely does a psychological evaluation look for? What is the process of completing an evaluation? And how might I as a CASA better understand the results once one is completed? These questions and more will be answered the evening of Wednesday, May 23 by our guest speaker Dr. Richard K. Yuen, Clinical Director at Lonestar Psychological Services. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the utility and scientific limitations of a psychological evaluation within the child welfare system.

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room

Thursday, May 31 – 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 one of the trainings listed below to learn more!

Two times available: 9:00 - 11:30 am, or 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: CASA Training Room

Monday, June 4 – Brown Bag CLE: Bringing our Children Home: Implementing the Child Welfare Act

Speaker Victoria Sweet, Assistant Director of Tribal Law and Justice Consulting with The Whitener Group, will focus on both the statutory requirements and new regulatory requirements of ICWA. Specific attention will be paid to how the new regulations have changed judicial requirements and what that means for attorneys and social workers appearing in ICWA cases.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: 126th Civil District Court, 1000 Guadalupe, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701
More information:
No RSVP required.

Saturday, June 9 – 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. 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: 8509 FM 969, Bldg 1, Austin TX 78724
RSVP: Before June 8 or when capacity is met. 

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