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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

Check back for new live webinars from Dallas CASA.

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.”

RECOMMENDED FOR ALL ADVOCATES: Sexual Abuse Prevention for Dallas CASA (1.5 hours)
NEWLY ADDED: Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (2 hours)

Some of the other available courses include:
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

Strong Start Virtual Conference by the Warren Center

This event takes a focused look at common challenges faced by parents of children from birth to five years old with special needs and gives practical steps to overcoming them. Industry experts will take a deep dive into a number of topics including brain development, enhancing language and motor skills, dealing with challenging behaviors, and successful potty training. The conference will have sessions for parents/caregivers and sessions for professionals.

When: Thursday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here 

Coming Out and Other Topics: Best Practices in Working with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families

C.A.S.E. presents the Strengthening Your Family Webinar Series. Providers and caregivers must be proactive in creating a culture that respects and values all, and fosters an understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression within their community. Participants will learn about the coming out process, risk factors and protective factors for LGBTQ+ youth and families in the child welfare system.

When: Thursday, July 29, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost with coupon code AUTHENTIC
Registration: Register here

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This workshop, through Partners Resource Network, will provide participants with an overview of the characteristics and educational implications of Autism Spectrum Disorders. We will explore how the characteristics of autism vary significantly within and across individuals with ASDs, as well as how students with autism have varying degrees of challenges and strengths. Early diagnosis and intervention strategies will be discussed.

When: Tuesday, August 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program Summit

TNOYS and TEA believe we can best support students experiencing homelessness by elevating their voices and experiences. Guided by this principle, the TEHCY Program Summit engages young adults as speakers, consultants, and facilitators throughout the conference. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn directly from youth and young adults with lived expertise, putting the power of youth-adult partnership into action.

When: Tuesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 5, full day 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

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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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