"When I was looking for volunteer opportunities, I wanted to find something where I knew, without a doubt, that I was making a difference. The thing that is so compelling is that judges really do listen to what we have to say, and that makes a difference in the life of a child."

~ Lou S., Dallas CASA volunteer since 1997

Continuing Education

In order to keep current with issues that relate to the volunteer role, our volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education per year.

Continuing Education at Dallas CASA

Due to current limits on social gatherings, all in person Dallas CASA continuing education programs have been moved online. There are also many virtual programs offered in the community, as well as webinars, podcasts, movies, TV programs and books listed to continue learning.

Dallas CASA Live Webinars

More Virtual Visits? Keeping Youth Engaged Behind the Screen

As we move into 2021, Dallas CASA continues to permit virtual visits or outdoors and socially distanced visits with youth in care. Have you run out of ways to keep your CASA kids engaged in the digital world? Are you noticing that building rapport with kids on new cases can be more challenging by screen than in person? Join Lindsey O’Hare, CASA Supervisor and Continuing Education Coordinator, and your fellow advocates for some tips and ideas on making virtual visits work, regardless of a child’s age or placement.

When: Monday, January 25, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Where: Zoom webinar
Registration: Register here

Dallas CASA Advocate Summit Recorded Sessions

The Dallas CASA Virtual Advocate Summit took place on October 17th, 2020. Over 300 advocates joined for a day packed with learning and networking. If you weren’t able to attend or did attend but missed a session of interest, all workshops are available to view.

Dallas CASA Online Learning Center

Dallas CASA advocates now have access to online Dallas CASA Continuing Education courses and recorded webinars through LearnUpon. To access available courses, advocates first need to email Leslie Ramirez to create an account. During registration, when asked your “role” be sure to select “Sworn Volunteer” to receive access to continuing education courses. These courses are created and intended for Dallas CASA advocates; please do not share with others. For questions, or for volunteers who have completed pre-service training online in 2020, please email Leslie for access to continuing education courses on your existing account.

Currently available courses include:
Case Management and Documentation (1.5 hour)
Confidentiality for CASA Advocates (1.5 hour)
Creating a Collaborative Team (1 hour)
Educational Advocacy (1 hour)
Identifying and Utilizing Community Resources (1 hour)
Mediation Training (2 hour)
Medical Advocacy (2 hour)
Mental Health Advocacy (1.5 hour)
Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in the Child Welfare System (1 hour)
Service of Process in CPS Cases (1 hour)

Continuing Education in the Community

Live Webinars

Innovations in Advocacy to Combat Child Sex Trafficking

Through grants from the Texas Governor’s Office and the National CASA/GAL Association, Dallas CASA was able to partner with Saving Innocence, a Los Angeles-based advocacy organization. These collaborative efforts resulted in a first-of-its-kind child sex trafficking training focusing on youth in foster care.

In a webinar by Texas CASA  with Dallas CASA Program Director Chad Frymire and Advocate Training Manager Ashley Pierce you will hear the story of how the training was created, and how CASA is working towards collaborative integration into the Office of the Governor’s Multi-Disciplinary Teams across Texas. We’ll also discuss how Dallas CASA is using this training to create specialized volunteers who are participants in the Multi-Disciplinary Team care coordination program and how this training can be modified to suit the needs of other CASA programs across the state.

When: Monday, January 25, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Poverty, Middle Class, and Hidden Values

Gladney University presents a webinar by Libby Woolverton and Marina Dewberry of Our Friends Place. Have you ever had a client or come across someone in your own life who made choices or acted in ways that just didn’t make sense to you? Come learn how to define the economic, socio-economic, and health factors that divide social classes as well as the hidden rules that help us explain why others act the way they do. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to support people living in poverty without judgements or assumptions and assist others in reaching attainable goals.

When: Tuesday, January 26, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom webinar
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Impact of Childhood Trauma Webinar Series

Dallas Child Advocacy Center (DCAC) kicks off their 2021 lecture series with a webinar on traumatic impact on young children. Eliana Gil, Ph.D., will share children’s art work to clarify the profound impact of relational complex trauma on children’s sense of integrity, identify, and internal world views. Information will be provided about how to best help children address traumatic impact in therapy, including a community response that reinforces safety and trust. Note Dallas CASA advocate as job title in registration.

When: Tuesday, January 26 or Wednesday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Webinar
Cost: No cost
Registration: January 26 or January 27

The Impact of Pandemic Life on Teens

How is pandemic life affecting the mental health and well-being of our young people? How can parents and professionals equip and empower teens to make healthy decisions and adopt resilient behaviors? Join prevention expert Deirdre Flynn to examine emerging research about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent health. Discussion will focus on translating research findings into practical prevention efforts aimed at keeping the kids in your care healthy. Webinar organized by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

When: Wednesday, January 27, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar
Cost: No cost
RegistrationRegister here

Exploring Foster Care and Domestic Violence

This 4-Part Series will explore how domestic violence presents itself in various circumstances, and how child welfare issues can co-occur. Co-hosted with the LA County Domestic Violence Council and Generously Funded by the Van Nuys Charities and Blue Shield Foundation of CA. Participants can register for a single session or the entire series.

When: Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
January 27 – Housing & Domestic Violence
Where: Webinar series
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Continuing Education Independent Learning

Racism, Disproportionality and Race Equity Resources

Click here for: Recommended resources

Recommended Video Programs

Click here for: Webinars available anytime

Recommended Audio Programs

Click here forPodcasts

Recommended Films

Click here forMovies and documentaries

Recommended Television Programs

Click here for: TV and special programs

Recommended Reading

In addition to attending classes and online training, advocates are also able to read books related to the work we do to receive continuing education credit hours. Each 50 pages equals 1 CE hour.  For example, if you read a book that is 300 pages long, you will receive 6 hours of continuing education credit.

Click here for theRecommended Reading List

Children’s Commission:  Parent Resource Guide

Have you wondered what the parents on your case go through or wanted to learn more about the CPS process? Imagine being scared, confused, embarrassed or angry and having to navigate the CPS and legal process. Take a glimpse into the role of a parent going through this process and receive 2.5 continuing education hours for self study.

Download Parent Resource GuideEnglish or Spanish

Texas CASA Health Advocacy Guide

This 41-page guide created by Texas CASA provides volunteers with the most up-to-date resources and information in order to advocate for the best possible medical and mental healthcare for children they serve.

View: Click here

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