"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

Supporting Youth in Care during the Holiday Season

For many youth in care, the holiday season can be particularly difficult time. Dallas CASA Supervisor Lindsey O’Hare will discuss some of the common hardships and emotions experienced by children who celebrate holidays away from their families. Tips and supportive strategies will be shared to empower CASA volunteers to be a part of the caring and healing process.

When: Thursday, December 3, 5:00 – 6:00 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

Texas CASA Legislative Advocacy Teams Webinar Series

In lieu of our usual Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) Retreat, Texas CASA is conducting monthly webinars leading up to the 87th Legislative Session. These webinars will touch on CASA legislative advocacy topics – from our legislative priorities to the nuts and bolts of what LATs do during session.

When: Fridays from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
December 11, January 15, 2021
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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