"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

Documentary Screening and Discussion: “Tough Love”

You’re invited to a screening of the documentary “Tough Love,” which chronicles the lives of two parents—one in Seattle and one in New York City—as each fights to be reunited with children removed from their custody. The role of the courts, quality of services, impact of poverty, and concerns of prejudice are explored. The 82-minute documentary will be followed by a facilitated discussion about reunification challenges, barriers, successes, and supports in Dallas County.

When: Saturday, February 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Dallas CASA, 2757 Swiss Ave., Dallas
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Continuing Education in the Community



Quarterly Speaker Series: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

About 25% of children in the US foster care system have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is a developmental disability resulting from drinking during pregnancy. It generally includes physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning difficulties. Rather than being properly diagnosed and treated, nearly all children with FASD are undiagnosed/misdiagnosed. They are often inappropriately treated for mental or behavior problems. Sadly, about 35% of adults with FASD have served time in jail or prison.
With proper diagnosis and appropriate supports, those with FASD can thrive and succeed. Come learn more about FASD, its diagnosis, treatments and current research.

When: Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: My TreeHouse, 13617 Neutron Rd, Farmers Branch
Cost: No cost
Registration: No advance registration needed

Connecting through Music: Evidence-based practice to benefit your Family

In this workshop, you will learn how music can be used to impact various facets of human life from neurological development to emotional regulation and everything in between. Live demonstrations and interactive experiences will provide concrete examples of ways to use music to affect change at home and in the workplace. By the end of the presentation, participants will have an increased understanding of ways to use music on their own as well as the additional benefits of working with a board-certified music therapist.

When: Thursday, January 30, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Gladney Center for Adoption, 6300 John Ryan Drive, Fort Worth
Cost: $20 / Use the code PARTNER to waive the $20 fee
RegistrationRegister here

44th Annual Symposium of Texas

The 44th Annual Adolescent Symposium is a one-day educational seminar that brings together more than 800 professionals who work with youth in schools, social services, juvenile justice, law enforcement, mental health, and other related services. It is the leading conference on adolescents in the Southwest region. The Symposium includes exhibits, a keynote speaker, lunch and over 30 workshops that focus on current and relevant adolescent issues.

When: Thursday, February 13, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano
Cost: $140
RegistrationRegister here

Continuing Education Online

Online Audio Programs // Online Video Programs

Multi -Format Programs:

Texas CASA Training

Texas CASA has created an interactive e-learning course, Online Core Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST), to walk you through everything that happens when a child comes to the attention of CPS. Within the course, there are six modules that take one to two hours each to complete, with a quiz at the end of each module. Participants will receive a brief follow-up survey and will be able to print their grades as proof of completion

When: Available anytime
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Sexual Abuse and Maltreatment of Children

This course developed by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center teaches individuals who work with children about the signs and symptoms of child abuse. Professionals will learn facts about child abuse, including the factors that indicate a child is at-risk and how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse.

When: Available anytime
Cost: No cost
RegistrationRegister here

Psychotropic Medication

This training explains Child Protective Services’ expectations for the safe and effective use of psychotropic medications by children in DFPS conservatorship. This training will help you to understand the expectations and policies regarding medications administered to children.

When: Available anytime
Cost: No cost
RegistrationRegister here

Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT)

This training will provide the necessary tools for providing consistent and appropriate services to crime victims and how to work collaboratively with partner agencies. You may log in and out at any time.

When: Available anytime
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Recommended Films

Short Term 12

Short Term 12 delves into the lives of youth in a foster care facility for at-risk teens as told through the eyes of their supervisor, Grace.  The characters face similar struggles to many of the youth for whom CASA volunteers advocate.  One such teen is Marcus who will soon age out of the system and acts out in defiance because he is afraid to face the next chapter in his life.  There are many other parallels with the children CASA serves.  “One of the subtle beauties of Short Term 12 is the way it intimately depicts how the counselors find ways into these kids’ lives and connect with them.”  — Christy Lemire for RogerEbert.com. Short Term 12 won the 2013 SXSW Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

Watch trailerClick here
Where it can be found: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter is based on a true story about a pregnant teenager who flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected. She is forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative. A powerful movie demonstrating the impact one person can make on a child or teen. Every child deserves the chance to turn their life around. Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, James Earle Jones and Brendan Fraser.

Watch trailer: Click here
Where it can be found: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Redbox, Google play

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.

To view the current reading list click here. If you have titles you would like to suggest be added to the reading list please contact Leslie Ramirez.

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

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