"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

Educational Advocacy

As children return to school virtually or in-person, the need for strong educational advocacy continues. Join Dallas CASA Supervisor and former educator, Lorinda Rothermel, as she shares valuable tips for effectively collaborating with educational personnel to ensure the academic needs of children in care are met. Time for Q&A will be provided.

When: Tuesday, September 22, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting link will be sent to registered advocates
Registration: Register here

Advocating for Adolescents: Part 3 – SIL & TRAC

Learn about other local resources and programs that support youth aging out of care. Presentations about Transitional Resource Action Center (TRAC), Supervised Independent Living Programs (SIL), and other Transitional Living Programs (TLP) will include discussions on program services, eligibility, and how to access benefits.

When: Monday, September 28, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting link will be sent to registered advocates
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. 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)
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

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

September Virtual Talk Saves Lives Texas Series

Talk Saves Lives: 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, and how to keep themselves and others safe.

When: Thursday, September 24, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Is it Sensory or Is it Behavior?

This is the first session in a 3-Part Series “Understanding Occupational Therapy and Special Education Rights: What You Need to Know” hosted by In2Great, Breaking Autism, and Exceptional Advocacy, which aims to provide tools for you to advocate for appropriate occupational therapy services in schools. This session will explore how behaviors is influenced at school and how sensory needs impact a child’s academics.

When: Thursday, September 24, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

EQUIP: Medical Needs and Mental Health Conference

Presented by a World for Children and Gladney Center for Adoption, this full-day virtual conference is aimed towards foster and adoptive parents, caregivers, and advocates working with youth in the child welfare system. Topics include behavior supports for children with Autism, medical manifestations of trauma and neglect, internet safety, and supporting adoptive families.

When: Friday, September 25, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Texas CASA Health Advocacy Training

During this webinar, Bryan Mares, Texas CASA Public Policy Fellow, will be presenting the new Health Advocacy Guide. Plus, we will be sharing information on the services STAR Health provides to help volunteers and staff can gain a better understanding on how they can support child health in their advocacy.

When: Wednesday, September 30, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

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.
October 16, November 13, December 11, and 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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