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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

Effective Collaboration with Child Placing Agencies and Foster Parents

All foster parents are licensed and monitored by a child placing agency (CPA) such as Johnathon’s Place. Jennifer Maddox, Director of Foster Care an Adoptions at Johnathon’s Place, will share insights about the foster care licensing process and requirements and provide tips and ideas for effective collaboration between CASA, CPA case managers, and foster parents.

When: Thursday, May 6, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Registration: Register here

Case Presentation: Successful Advocacy In a Pandemic

Join CASA and CPS to hear how a 7-year-old boy was successfully reunified with his mother during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dallas CASA volunteer Jonathan Zerulik and his supervisor Ryan Higgins will share an overview of Jonathan’s first case and the valuable role CASA played, even in a virtual world. CPS caseworker, Carla Brown, will join to share CPS’s perspective and discuss CASA/CPS collaboration.

When: Tuesday, May 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom program
Registration: Register here

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) – Identifying Developmental Red Flags to Service Provision

Children under three years old may qualify for a free developmental evaluation and/or services to address developmental concerns. Join Liz Johnson, Family and Community Support Specialist with the Warren Center, as she provides guidance on identifying developmental red flags in the young children we serve, both ages 0-3 and 4-7. Ms. Johnson will also provide an overview of services provided by ECI including evaluations, service coordination, and therapeutic services.

When: Friday, May 14, 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Registration: Register here

Aging Out Series: Part 2 – PAL, COS, and Youth Specialist

This training for Dallas CASA volunteers and staff will provide an introduction to local resources and programs that support youth aging out of care. Guest presenters include staff from Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) and Circle of Supports (COS) as well as the new Youth Specialist. You will learn about program services and eligibility for transitional benefits such as the college tuition and fee waivers, Education and Training Voucher, Transitional Living Allowance, and more.

When: Tuesday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Registration: Register here

Adolescent Roundtable: Child Welfare and the Justice System

Join Emily Dang, Dallas CASA Supervisor, and Kim Murphy, Staff Attorney at the SMU Child Advocacy Clinic, for a discussion about adolescents involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Learn how to advocate for youth who face juvenile delinquency charges and discuss common issues and barriers faced by youth.

When: Monday, May 24, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
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 under “my courses.”

Available courses include:
NEW: Sexual Abuse Prevention for Dallas CASA (1.5 hours)
Case Management and Documentation (3 hours)
Confidentiality: To Share or Not To Share (1.5 hours)
Creating a Collaborative Team (2 hours)
Educational Advocacy (1 hour)
Identifying and Utilizing Community Resources (1.5 hours)
Mediation Training (2 hours)
Medical Advocacy (1.5 hours)
Mental Health Advocacy (2 hours)
Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Child Welfare System (1 hour)
Service of Process in CPS Cases (0.5 hours)

Continuing Education in the Community

Live Webinars

Uniting Against Child Abuse: A National Conversation

Child Advocacy Centers are on the front lines in the response to child abuse. Twelve Child Advocacy Centers across the country, including Dallas Child Advocacy Center, are using their collective voices to unite and raise funds to support the critical work of protecting children. Featured speaker is actor/artist/activist Terry Crews. This national conversation aims to educate, inspire and engage local communities nationwide.

When: Thursday, May 6, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25
Registration: Register here

Discussing Racism and Other Isms with Those You Serve

Join North Texas Behavioral Health Authority for their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Courageous Conversations training series. Facilitated by Dr. Gloria Morrow, licensed clinical psychologist and nationally known cultural competency trainer, this discussion will provide tools for discussing racism and other isms with those you serve.

When: Friday, May 7, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Identifying Risks and Signs of Sex-Trafficking in CPS Cases

DBA Juvenile Justice Committee in partnership with the Dallas PMC Court presents a free webinar for community partners. A representative from POETIC will discuss how youth are sex-trafficking and identify risks to watch for. The training will discuss how youth in foster care are more vulnerable due to frequent placement disruptions, their therapeutic needs, and services that can benefit a child in care.

When: Monday, May 10, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: No registration needed / Zoom meeting ID 964 7387 0124

Being an Active Member of the Team! How to Communicate Perspectives, Preferences, and Concerns

Do you want to become an effective advocate for your child with a disability so that you can make a difference in his/her education? Dr. Shaunta L Singer of Texas A&M Agrilife Extension provides information and strategies for parents to communicate their perspectives, preferences and concerns before, during and after an ARD meeting.

When: Tuesday, May 11, 12:15 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

State of Homelessness Annual Address 2021

The virtual address, delivered by Ashley Brundage, the Dallas and Collin Counties Homeless Collaborative Board Chair, and Peter Brodsky, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Board Chair, will include the results of the annual homeless count, a thorough review of the progress of Dallas’ homeless rehousing system, and the next steps the community must take to end homelessness.

When: Tuesday, May 11, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Mental Health Conditions & Pregnancy

Gladney University hosts a free webinar by Myla Ashfaq, genetic counselor and co-coordinator of MotherToBaby-Texas TIPS. This training will discuss mental health illness and multifactorial inheritance, exposure to mental health medications during pregnancy, and use of the MotherToBe toll-free helpline.

When: Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Foster Care Awareness Month Panel Series

The Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence hosts a webinar series each Tuesday in May to honor Foster Care Awareness Month. Panelists for various sessions include Dallas CASA staff, Children’s Medical Center physicians, adoptive parents, clinical psychologists, judges, CPS staff and more.

When: Tuesday, May 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Encouraging Cultural Identities for Children and Youth in Foster Care
Tuesday, May 18, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Understanding Why Trauma-Informed Care Matters
Tuesday, May 25, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Fostering Health: Cross-System Collaboration in the Care of Children with Prenatal Drug Exposure
Cost: No cost
Registration: No registration needed. Program links

Child Welfare and Domestic Violence / The Summit on Intersection and Action

Join UCLA Pritzker Center for a free Summit on Child Welfare and Domestic Violence. Countless children enter foster care due to allegations of domestic violence in the home. Often, these allegations result in a finding of neglect for failure to protect. This summit explores the gaps in policy, practice, training, data collection and cultural competency where domestic violence and foster care merge, and proposes thoughtful solutions appropriate for a nationwide audience.

When: Wednesday, May 12, 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Supporting Parents of Children with Mental Health Concerns (2 parts)

Many parents are being overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are being asked to be child care providers, teachers, mental health professionals, and crisis counselors, and many are left to their own devices to address the needs of their children. Parents of children with social, emotional, or behavioral challenges are especially in need of support. This two-part series will focus on giving providers the tools they need to address the serious mental health and behavioral challenges parents and caregivers may face in the era of social isolation.

Part 1: Wednesday May 12, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Connecting with Caregivers
Part 2: Wednesday May 19, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Parenting Tools to Promote Resilience
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Texas Network of Youth Services hosts their monthly webinar series. This course teaches about the diagnosis of PTSD and how it relates to children in the child welfare system. It discusses the re-experiencing of traumatic events, incidents that exacerbate PTSD and protective factors to decrease symptoms.

When: Thursday, May 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

What We Are Learning from Research About the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth

The Office of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team invites you to the May installment of the Monthly Webinar Series. Join as we learn from the Child Sex Trafficking Team’s (CSTT) Director, Andrea Sparks, and North Texas Regional Administrator, Tomi Grover, to hear about how research informs our strategies to prevent and recognize the commercial sexual exploitation of youth, effectively recover victims and support their healing, and bring justice to their exploiters.

When: Thursday, May 13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Investing in Families webinar series

The Institute for Family, The University of Chicago, and Prevent Child Abuse America partner for a two-part webinar series that breaks down emerging research, explores economic interventions, and spotlights in the field that are challenging traditional practices and finding innovative methods for investing in families and producing better outcomes.

Part 1: Thursday, May 13, 2:00 p.m. The Economics of Family Well-Being
Part 2: Thursday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. Bold Actions for Big Change
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Therapeutic Parenting

Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services offers the Hope for Healing webinar series, intended for parents, caregivers and others working closely with children who have experienced trauma. This session will discuss the foundations of therapeutic parenting and how attunement and empathy can increase a child’s ability for regulation.

When: Friday, May 14, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Statewide Tools Training

Texas CASA is excited to offer a virtual training that will be a refresher about utilizing CFE tools in your case practice and advocacy. The training will include an opportunity for practical hands on application of the CFE skills and tools. We recommend you complete the CFE E-Learning before attending this training. The program is offered on multiple dates.

When: Wednesday, May 26, 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 10, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, June 21, 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Behavior Modifications and Interventions in School

Hosted by Illinois CASA, this webinar will teach about special and general education regulations, suspensions and expulsions, effective behavioral interventions, Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).

When: Tuesday, May 25, 2:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Illinois CASA Trauma Series

In this three-part series, learn how trauma effects the children you serve and the people you know and what you, as one caring adult, can do to help.

When + registration:
Session 2: Tuesday, May 25,11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Private Logic and the Circle of Courage
Session 3: Wednesday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Resilience and Trauma
Cost: No cost

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

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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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