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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

“Just Once” Documentary Screening & Discussion

Winning the Fight is a local non-profit that provides drug education, support, and resources to youth and families suffering from the disease of addiction. Join Executive Director, Kathy O’Keefe, for a screening of their new documentary, “Just Once,” a film about real families and their journeys through addiction. The 45-minute film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.

When: Wednesday, March 3, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (rescheduled from February 17)
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Talk Saves Lives: Suicide Prevention

An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention and what people can do to fight suicide. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide. Sarah Allen, North Texas and Oklahoma Area Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will shares information with Dallas CASA on how we can play a role in keeping those we work with safe.

When: Thursday, March 4,  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Virtual Visit Roundtable Discussions

During the pandemic, virtual visits have created new challenges and opportunities for connecting with youth in care. Join fellow volunteers and Dallas CASA staff for an interactive discussion about what activities, engagement strategies and technology are working well and what obstacles you face. Please consider watching the recoded Virtual Visit Activity Training in the Dallas CASA Online Learning Center prior to joining this discussion.

When + registration link:
Friday, March 5, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Virtual Visits with Adolescents
Thursday, March 11, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Virtual Advocacy with School-Aged Children
Where: Zoom discussion
Cost: No cost


Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program: Overview and Updates

ETV is a federal scholarship program that provides funding to help current and former foster youth (who meet eligibility criteria) achieve educational goals. Brandi Pursell and Drew Melton, Texas ETV Specialists with BCFS, will join Dallas CASA to share information about post-secondary education tuition benefits, eligibility, and additional resources to benefit older youth in care or leaving care.

When: Monday, March 8, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (rescheduled from February 21)
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Removal to Reunification: Path of a CASA Case

Join Lindsey O’Hare Verity, Continuing Education Coordinator, for a journey through a typical reunification case. We will discuss the timing of court hearings and mediation, placement changes, CASA’s monthly visits, educational and medical advocacy, monitored returns and more with a focus on CASA’s role during each step of the process. While each case is unique, this case timeline and overview will provide information on what might happen between CASA’s initial appointment and case closure.

When: Tuesday, March 30, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Child Welfare System?

Join Dallas CASA Children’s Council for a panel discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 on the child welfare system in Dallas County. Panelists will include Hon. Cheryl Lee Shannon (305th District Court) and Ben Wilkins (Dallas CASA Chief Program Officer). Panel will be moderated by Hon. Audrey Moorehead.

When: Wednesday, April 7, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


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. If you completed pre-service training in 2020 online and already have an account, please email Leslie to get access to these continuing education courses on your existing account.


Continuing Education in the Community

Live Webinars

The Struggle is Real: Finding Healing During Difficult Times

Join the Center for the Study of Social Policy for the next Youth Thrive Alive Forum. We are (and have been) dealing with extremely challenging times: from navigating a global pandemic to enduring persistent systemic and institutional racism to withstanding debilitating economic challenges. We recognize the toll that these things can collectively take on our mental and physical health and especially on young people; as some would say “the struggle is real.” They will discuss the mental health needs of young people during COVID-19 and ways to center healing and well-being in our practice.

When: Thursday, March 4, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Where: Zoom webinar
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Changing the Course of Mental Health: Healing from Racism

Join Mental Health America of Greater Dallas on March 9th for a webinar by Monika Robinson, M. Ed., education consultant and instructional leader at ReparationsEd. In this workshop, you will learn about historical racism in Dallas and its effects, explore internalized racism and historical trauma, and build tools to heal from trauma and internalized racism.

When: Tuesday, March 9, 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost / $10 for CEU
Registration: Register here


The College Admissions Process for Youth In Care

The college admissions process can be daunting for many, but especially for youth in care. In this webinar, participants will learn to navigate the process with a key focus on the college admissions exams, SAT, and ACT. Webinar hosted by Illinois CASA.

When: Tuesday, March 9, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Partnering with Caregivers During Stressful Times

As this pandemic is reaching the one-year marker, anxieties continue to spread especially when connecting with caregivers as they too are experiencing layers of emotions during this time. As time passes, caregivers are being tasked to carry out multiple roles when interacting with children as they are attempting to maintain their own environment balance: mentally and physically. Join First3Years as Christina Henriquez explores self-care tips for caregivers and providers.

When: Tuesday, March 9, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. or Thursday, March 11, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual
Cost: $15 per program
Registration: March 9, March 11


Virtual Service Delivery Webinar Series

Join Brazelton Touchpoints Center for a series of free webinars and an online learning community that are exploring the challenges and opportunities posed by virtual service delivery, and sharing strategies providers have found for building and sustaining strong relationships with families virtually.

When:
Wednesday, March 10, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.,  Exploring the Pandemic’s Impact on Families’ Well-Being
Where: Virtual
Cost: No cost
RegistrationRegister here


RACEing through Revolving Doors

Mass incarceration along with high recidivism rates are critical issues in the United States of America, but what is even more critical, are the racial disparities found within these recidivism rates. Much of the recidivism is caused by mental health disorders such as trauma, depression and addiction. Participants will learn about incarceration rates of African American males and identify mental health challenges that ex-offenders encounter post release. Webinar sponsored by the Association for Addiction Professionals.

When: Wednesday, March 10, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Educate, Empower, and Equip: Internet Safety and Online Exploitation

The Office of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team invites you to their Monthly Webinar Series. You will learn from Sonya Ryan, founder and CEO of the Carly Ryan Foundation, as she talks about internet safety and prevention of online exploitation of children and youth. Sonya’s daughter Carly was 15-years-old when she was murdered by an online predator. Sonya will speak about her journey, online safety and harm prevention initiatives created to protect children and youth.

When: Thursday, March 11, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Child Welfare Book Club: Aged Out Podcast

Join the SMU Dedman School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic for a virtual discussion of the Aged Out: Stories that Built Us podcast. We will compare, contrast, and discuss the stories these aged out youth tell and what they teach us regarding helping to better the lives of all foster youth. Podcast can be found on iTunes of Spotify. Discussion will review episode’s about Elisha and Hallie’s stories.

When: Thursday, March 11, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here 


Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center Core Concepts Series

Sexual assault, abuse, and harassment aren’t easy to talk about, so let us the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center (DARCC) start the conversation. All year long they’ll be talking about how you can #believesurvivors and use the work we do at DARCC to support your loved ones and community. Two presentations will be given this month focusing on Child Sexual Abuse and Supporting Survivors in Schools.

When + registration link:
Tuesday, March 16, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Child Sexual Abuse
Thursday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Supporting Survivors in Schools
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost


Response to At-Risk Missing and High-Risk Endangered Missing Children

Gather information on how to engage and construct a collaborative response to at-risk missing and high-risk endangered missing children. Explore how a missing child’s path to becoming a victim of exploitation intersects with the child protection, law enforcement and juvenile justice systems and acts as a risk factor to abductions. Identify opportunities within those systems for prevention and engagement. Examine the complex, layered exploitation these victims endure and how exploiters capitalize on this victimization.

When: Thursday, March 18, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Online webinar
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Building Resiliency and Understanding Trauma

This two-hour presentation will focus on understanding and defining trauma and different Trauma Types; recognizing the impact of trauma on the brain; understanding Child Traumatic Stress (CTS), Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (ACE|R); learning about resiliency and being trauma-informed.

When: Thursday, March 18, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. (sold out)
Tuesday, April 13,  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Navigating Life through the Lens of an Adult Adoptee: 2-Part Series

The adult adoptee has spent time in their lives absorbing how other people feel about adoption, making a plan for adoption or simply the decision to adopt. This course will present information from the Adult adoptee’s perspective, their reactions and their quest for information. Learn about adoption from an adult’s perspective to gain insights into the perceptions, questions, and thought-patterns of youth who are approaching adoption.

When + registration:
Part 1: Thursday, March 18, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, April 15, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual
Cost: No cost with coupon code NAVIG1 (part 1) and NAVIG2 (part 2)


What Should be in My Child’s IEP? An Overview of the Required Components of an IEP

A student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is one of the most critical components to educating a child with learning differences. The IEP should serve as the road map and guide for education decision making. Yet, IEPs are often misunderstood and missing vital pieces necessary for student success. During this session, Dr. Michelle Simmons from West Texas A& M University’s Center for Learning Disabilities will provide a general overview of the components of an IEP, discuss relevant education policy as it relates to IEP development in Texas, and equip parents with valuable information to better understand their child’s IEP.

When: Tuesday March 23, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


What Every Adult Needs to Know About Child Sexual Abuse

This presentation is designed for parents who would like to be better equipped to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring and for adults working in or planning to work in child serving organizations. This class will assist adults to identify signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, help them understand the dynamics of sexual abuse particularly the manipulative behavior of perpetrators, and provide them with skills to support open communication with their children to prevent future victimization.

When: Friday, March 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in a VIRTUAL World

Join Illinois CASA for a look at how the pandemic has shifted priorities and concerns in the child abuse and neglect fields. This training will address trends in child abuse and neglect cases, review the signs of child abuse and neglect, and introduce you to ways you can recognize abuse or neglect if you are meeting with a child or families virtually. This training will also offer opportunities for learners to engage and discuss new strategies on interacting with children and families virtually through various platforms.

When: Tuesday, March 30, 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
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

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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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