"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 are being rescheduled. In the meantime, please look into the many virtual programs, webinars, podcasts, movies, TV programs and books listed to continue learning.

Dallas CASA Live Webinars

Creating a Collaborative Team

Advocates will learn strategies and share tips about how to engage various players on a case such as CPS, GAL, caregivers, or licensing workers, in order to create a collaborative team. Communication difficulties, obstacles to teamwork, and common case frustrations will be discussed. Webinar training facilitated by Dallas CASA Continuing Education Coordinator, Lindsey O’Hare.

When: Tuesday, August 11, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here, Zoom link will be sent to registered Dallas CASA volunteers

Everything Education with CPS Education Specialists

Join Norma Eaves and Carolyn Marshall, CPS Education Specialists for Region 3 (Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex) as they discuss their role within the child welfare system, share information about Every Student Succeeds Act and special education and cover FAQ and general educational advocacy tips, followed by a Q&A.

When: Monday, August 17, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here, Zoom link will be sent to registered Dallas CASA volunteers

Aging Out Series: Resources and Benefits for Adolescents – PAL & COS

This webinar will provide an introduction to local resources and programs that support youth aging out of care, including presentations from Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) and Circle of Supports (COS) staff. The training will include information on program services and eligibility as well as transitional benefits (such as the college tuition and fee waivers, Education and Training Voucher, Transitional Living Allowance, etc).

When: Friday, August 21, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here, Zoom link will be sent to registered Dallas CASA volunteers

New! 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)
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)

Continuing Education in the Community

Live Webinars

Hope’s Door New Beginnings Webinar Series

Webinar calendar with individual program descriptions here:

The Stigma of Substance Abuse Among Victims of Domestic Abuse: Friday, July 31, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Raising Awareness: Identifying and Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking

Hosted by Gladney University, Larinda Smith, Director of Community Outreach for UnBound Fort Worth, share information about human trafficking that can happen right in front of our eyes. Unbound’s presentation provides an opportunity to understand how traffickers lure and trap victims, risk factors that can lead to exploitation, and what resources are available in our area. We can work together to end human trafficking here!

When: Tuesday, July 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

California’s Forgotten Children Documentary Screening and Q&A

California’s Forgotten Children is an award-winning feature documentary that follows a diverse group of resilient survivors who have overcome commercial sexual exploitation of children and are changing the world by ensuring no child is forgotten. Featuring stories from leaders in the movement, this film supports the stories of survivors with current statistics and perspectives of sexual exploitation from professionals in social services, law enforcement, advocates, and child welfare.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Register here
Or Thursday, July 30, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Register here
Cost: No cost
Registration: Links above

How to Stop Arguing About Religion but Make Your Point (LGBTQ)

Religious objections can interfere with the equality of LGBTQ people. This workshop’s goal is to put religious arguments into perspective, not to argue about, for example “what the Bible really says,” but to explore strategies to defuse and redirect even the most difficult arguments effectively into the issues that lie beneath the religious arguments.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Responding to the Drop in Hotline Calls During the Pandemic: One State’s Experiences and Lessons Learned

A marked decrease in child protection hotline calls has been reported nationwide.  The decrease has caused concern about the possible impact on children and families not being seen by teachers, school personnel, and other community members.  This webinar considers and reviews the response to the decrease in calls received by the State of Maine to provide “lessons learned” for future responses, particularly for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
RegistrationRegister here

Child Welfare Book Club Meeting: Part 2

Join the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic at SMU Dedman School of Law and the Dallas Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Committee for a virtual book club to discuss The Body Keeps the Score:  Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel Ven Der Kolk, M.D. This second meeting will discuss Parts 3 and 4 of the book. All are welcome even if you missed the first meeting; attendees will need to secure a copy of the book and read the designated sections prior to the book club meeting.

When: Thursday, July 30, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
RegistrationRegister here

Child Abuse Prevention Virtual Workshop

Learn the definitions of child abuse and neglect, learn to identify common indicators, and learn how to best respond to child maltreatment. Hosted by Prince Georges County Department of Social Services.

When: Wednesday, August 5, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here  

Summit on Improving the Outcomes of African American & Latinx Male Youth

Virtual one-day Summit hosted by Prairie View A&M University. During this virtual summit, you will learn from leading researchers about the current trends and educational changes affecting African American and Latinx young males. Keynote speaker is Mr. Stedman Graham, author or 12 books including Identity Leadership: To Lead Others You Must First Lead Yourself.

When: Thursday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
: No cost
Registration: Register here

Protecting the Future: Child Abuse and Safe-At-Home Orders

The abuse people suffer in childhood can impact the rest of their lives. And ironically, social distancing and safe-at-home orders may not keep them safe. In this presentation, we explain the warning signs of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and provide strategies to help keep your children safe in person and online. Find out what you can do to help protect a child who is being abused. This webinar is intended for those who want to learn what child abuse is, how to recognize child abuse, and how to respond to child abuse (personally and legally). Hosted by You Have the Power

When: Friday, August 7, 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

The Role of Implicit Bias in Early Childhood

Research has identified concerning trends that show how implicit bias affects teachers’ instructional practices, interactions with students, school discipline, and special education eligibility and placement decisions. First3years will explore the role implicit bias has in early childhood settings and discuss the strategies that are being put into place to tackle it.

When: Monday, August 10, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, August 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: No cost for members, $15 for non-members
Registration: August 10, August 12

Addressing Challenging Behaviors with TBRI

Matthew Willoughby will be talking about children who have come from “hard places” and how to minimize challenging behaviors of children using TBRI principles. Webinar is hosted by First3Years and sponsored by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.

When: Tuesday, August 11, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Rev Up Your Child’s Executive Functions for a Successful School Year

Hosted by ADDitude, this webinar teaches practical ways to get a child’s brain back in “school mode,” focusing on children with ADHD or other learning disabilities. Dr. Rebecca Bransetter and Elizabeth Sautter will share strategies to reboot your child’s brain to listen, pay attention, and follow through at school.

When: Tuesday, August 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
: No cost
Registration: Register here

The Impact of Racial Trauma on Youth

Children are exposed to racial trauma every day. Its impact can be immediate and last a lifetime. Racial trauma can cause physical and mental problems in children, teens, and adults of all races. Join RECET (Resilient experiences for Children Exposed to Trauma) for an webinar to learn what racial trauma is, what is can cause, and how to heal.

When: Wednesday, August 12, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Or
Wednesday, August 19, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
: No cost
August 12, August 19

Helping Kids Cope with Bullying

Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services invites foster and adoptive parents and CASAs to their monthly webinar series. This webinar will help attendees learn the different types of bullying, identifying characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and formulate ways to start a conversation with youth about bullying.

When: Monday, August 17, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Inheritance: What Does it All Mean?

Hosted by Gladney Center for Adoption, Dr. Murali will help you understand genetics by providing a brief overview of basic genetics, talking about various genetics tests and how they differ, briefly touching on possible pitfalls in direct to consumer genetic tests, and outlining reasons why a child may benefit from genetic testing. Ultimately, understanding genetics helps us understand how children may adopt traits from their biological parents, how they may not, and how we can use genetics to help children thrive.

When: Tuesday, August 18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

The Impact of Childhood Trauma: ACEs Interface Presentation

ACE Interface curriculum is based on the original research from Dr. Anda and Dr. Filetti from Kaiser Permanente and the CDC. Hosted by RECET (Resilient Experiences for Children Exposed to Trauma), ACE Interface training teaches the basic understanding of the ACE’s study, data and application.

When: Tuesday, August 18, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

The Magic Triangle of Reading Aloud: The Book, the Child, and the Adult

Children’s picture books are full of joy and learning (phonological awareness, development of pre-reading skills, problem solving, and decoding, just to name a few). In this webinar, children’s book curation expert, Isabel Baker, will explore how the triangle supports early learning, love, and literature. Join Isabel to learn how to select children’s books and where to put your energy in book-based activities with children.

When: Wednesday, August 19, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior

Both boys and girls might display sexual behavior problems without sexual abuse victimization being the underlying cause. Recognizing sexual behavior problems versus normal sexual development is important, as is knowing how to respond. Research suggests a quarter to half of child sexual abuse involves children acting out on other children, with the behavior impelled by exposure pornography, domestic violence and other inappropriate sexualized situation. Join Kristi House Education for a virtual training.

When: Wednesday, August 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Understanding Implicit and Explicit Bias

Join Tekoa Pouerie, CDO of Harbor House in Florida, for a webinar hosted by the National Criminal Justice Training Center.  In this webinar, you will increase awareness and understanding of the automatic association people make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups (Implicit Bias). Examine how implicit bias can have significant influence in the outcomes of interactions between individuals and the justice system (law enforcement, social services, courts, etc.)

When: Tuesday, August 25, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Creating Safer, Braver Spaces for our Kids: Allyship, Parenting, and Professionalism

In this webinar by Children’s Aid Society of Alabama, participants will explore the vital importance of confronting systemic bias as parents and professionals who work with system-involved children and their families. We will discuss how systemic bias places limits on our children, how it works to exclude them from many areas of society, and how we can be vital links in changing the narrative

When: Wednesday, August 26, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty Conference

Hosted by aha! Process Inc, Addressing the Challenges of Poverty brings together all sectors of a community in one venue for networking and learning in order to create healthier, stronger communities, colleges, and schools. Free live online conference.

When: Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
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

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