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:

Friday, July 20 — 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. 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: Center for Child Protection Conference Center, 8509 FM 969 #2, Austin, TX 78724

Friday, July 27 – Social Justice Work and Compassion Fatigue

In social justice work it can sometimes be challenging to separate the personal from the professional, especial when our passions align with our work. This workshop will help you to define and understand the concepts of compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, self-awareness, and self-care. Through this interactive process you will begin to establish goals toward managing compassion fatigue. Presented by Laura Gomez-Horton, LMSW. 3 CEUs offered. Tickets $25-$60.

Time: 9:00 - 11:30 am
Location: YWCA Greater Austin, 2015 Interstate 35 # 110, Austin, TX 78741

Saturday, July 28 – TAPP Meetup

Featuring special guest presenters from Kids in a New Groove (KING)! Kids and adults will have the opportunity to learn more about the mission and vision of KING, which aims to provide youth in foster care with therapeutic music lessons. Best of all, youth will have an opportunity to try out a new instrument! Volunteers and youth are encouraged to attend.

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: CASA Training Room, 2nd Floor

Thursday, August 2 – 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

Monday, August 6 — 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

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.

Tuesday, August 7 - Family Engagement Volunteer Training

Interested in a different kind of volunteer role with CASA? The Family Engagement 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

Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11— Knowing Who You Are Training: 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 to by Monday, July 30.

This training requires participants to complete pre-work assignments; this pre-work will be sent to you upon your RSVP.

Monday, August 14 — Risky Behavior Youth Are Engaging In Online and How to Prevent It

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will provide a presentation for parents, educators, and any professionals working with children discussing the apps and websites kids are using, how to identify warning signs of kids engaged in risky behaviors online, and how to discuss appropriate online behavior with kids. Topics include cyberbullying, sexting, sharing too much information online, online privacy, and abduction prevention. Due to the sensitive nature of this presentation, children of any age are not permitted to attend.

Time: 9:00-11:30 am
Location: Georgetown Police Department, 3500 DB Wood Rd, Georgetown, TX 78626

Wednesday, August 22 & Thursday, August 23 — Hub Learning Community: Intellectual or Developmental Disability Conference

You are invited to the Hub Learning Community's Third Annual Conference. This is a free, two day conference focused on supporting professionals that assist people with ID/DD. Keynote speakers include Kerry Magro, Public Speaker-"Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to National Speaker" and Michael McCreary, Motivational Speaker-"Does this Make my Asperger's Look Big?" Additional topics include: IDD Legislative Updates, Crisis Intervention Panel, Grounding Techniques, Developmental Trauma & Co-Occurring Disorders.

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm both days
Location: Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
RSVP: Register here Registration begins promptly at 8:00 AM.

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