We provide a wide range of trainings, workshops, books and movies for our CASA volunteers to help them complete their required 1 hour of training for each month of service (read the Continuing Education Policy here (pdf)). For example, a CASA could achieve their 12 hours of continued education by attending a 3 hour training session, watching three 2-hour movies, and reading a 300 page book. These can be done over the course of twelve months. You can also look for suggestions for continuing education in our weekly CASA News email.
*Continuing education hours are different than case hours. Example of case hours include: time that you spent with your advocate child(ren), email, texts, phone conversations, driving to and from appointments, school meetings, and any additional support you've offered to the case over-all.
Upcoming Child Advocates’ Workshops
Wednesday, July 24th, noon-1:30 p.m.
Youth are exposed to the drug culture through social media, music, movies, peers, etc. Many kids know about "Lean and Dirty Sprite," do you? In this workshop, retired DEA agent, Officer Michael Robinson, will focus on three main areas:
-The effects of drugs on the body and brain
-Drugs are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get (cutting agents, by-products and fake pills)
-The increased potency and purity of today's drugs.
To RSVP, please email, email@example.com
CASA Court Report Writing Workshop (In-Person & Zoom)
Thursday, August 15th, noon-1:30 p.m.
Do you have a hearing that is coming up and would like additional support to draft the court report? Come join us! Open to all CASAs. This session will be led by CASA Specialist, Kieu Tu. If you are interested in attending, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Child Advocates' Workshops
Substance Use Treatment Services, 12/11/18
PowerPoint- SUTS Overview
Helping Children and Families Affected by Domestic Violence, 12/4/18
Katie A. Overview, 11/29/18
CASA Best Practices, 3/22/18
Other Online Resources
All Children - All Families: Online Learning Offerings
Alliance for Children's Rights
California CASA Continuing Education
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC)
Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Clara County
Childhood Trauma-Changing Minds
Children's Health Council - Community Connections
Judge Edwards's Blog
Mandated Reporter Training
National CASA Podcast
National LGBT Health Education Center - A Program of the Fenway Institute
UC Davis Extension Center for Human Services
The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative
Note: Please approach the works below with a critical eye -- we're not endorsing the views, theories, or approaches outlined in the hundreds of media options below. Rather, we are hoping you will review and evaluate them, taking the good and leaving behind what might be outdated, short-sighted, or inaccurate.
CASAs receive 1 hour of credit for every 100 pages of a recommended book ( limit of up-to 3 hours) and hour-for-hour credit for movies/TV shows. Here are nearly 300 more options (pdf) if none of the ones below connect with you. Remember to list it on your Monthly Report to tell your supervisor when you've finished!
Self Directed Learning: Books and Movies
Books and Movies as resources