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"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

Identifying and Utilizing Community Resources

Dallas CASA supervisor Lindsey O’Hare will provide an overview of how to access and use the resource database, Instasource. Tips for locating community resources from food pantries to counseling services to educational supports will be shared. Advocates will receive the PowerPoint with links to various databases and web-based search engines to identify resources on an ongoing basis as case needs are identified. Training offered quarterly.

When: Thursday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
RegistrationRegister here
Zoom meeting link will be sent to registered advocates


Advocating for Adolescents – Introduction to Aging Out of Care

Are you an advocate for an adolescent, interested in working with teens or young adults in the future, or curious what benefits and supports youth get as they age out of care? Dallas CASA Supervisor Emily Dang will provide an introduction to working with foster care youth who are preparing to transition into independent living. Topics will include: programs and resources, court jurisdiction, types of placements, and areas to advocate.

When: Thursday, July 9, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Offered again on Tuesday, July 21, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: July 9 / July 21
Zoom meeting link will be sent to registered advocates


Self-Awareness: The First Step to Effective Advocacy   

Dallas CASA Supervisor and Team Lead, Chauntae Hollins, explains how self-awareness is key to connecting with children and advocating for their best interests.

When: Thursday, July 16, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here
Zoom meeting link will be sent to registered advocates


Acronyms and Titles: Who are All These People on My Case?    

Perhaps your CVS case transferred to a PMC worker and now the kinship family is deciding whether to go through a private CPA or FAD to complete FCONN. CASA Supervisor Lindsey O’Hare will share information about the most common people involved in various stages of a case and highlight several common acronyms that will help advocates navigate the often complex child welfare system.

When: Monday, July 2711:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


New! Dallas CASA Online Learning Center

Dallas CASA volunteers now have access to online Dallas CASA Continuing Education courses and recorded webinars through our new learning management system, LearnUpon. To access available courses, advocates first need to register. 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.

Registration: Contact Lindsey O’Hare to register

Currently available courses include:

Case Management and Documentation (1.5-hour online course)
Confidentiality for CASA Advocates (1.5-hour online course)
Mediation Training (2-hour online course)
Medical Advocacy (2-hour online course)
Mental Health Advocacy (1.5-hour online course)


Continuing Education Independent Learning

Racism, Disproportionality and Race Equity Resources

Dallas CASA is committed to continuing the dialogue racismabout racism and to providing opportunities for us all to challenge ourselves, listen, learn, and grow. While education is only the first step towards creating a system of racial equity, we encourage you to utilize the following resources as tools to continue your journey of understanding and action.

Documentaries/Movies
13th Documentary (Netflix or YouTube)
American To Me (10-part series here)
Dark Girls (Amazon)
Hoop Dreams (Amazon, Hulu, HBO)
I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon)
Just Mercy (Amazon)
KIKI (Amazon, Hulu)
Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement (Amazon)
The Force Documentary (Amazon, Netflix)
The Hate U Give (Amazon, Hulu)
When They See Us (Netflix)

Books
Between the World and Me
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Me and White Supremacy
So You Want to Talk About Race
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
The New Jim Crow
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

Webinars and Videos
Courageous Conversations
Detangling Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System
LGBTQ+ Youth and Families and Race Equity: Disparities and Disproportionality in Child Welfare and Other Systems of Care
The Talk – Race in America
Without Blinders: Seeing race, racism and race equality

Children’s Books
75 Books about Extraordinary Black Mighty Girls and Women
Children’s Books to Educate About Racism and Activism

Additional Virtual Resources
CASA On the Go Podcast: Understanding and Undoing Disproportionality
Part 1 and Part 2
Juneteenth Day
The Melanated Social Work podcast
Racialized Trauma Course
Racial Equity and Liberation Virtual Learning Series (six online lessons)
TDFPS Disproportionality in Child Protective Services


Continuing Education in the Community

Recommended Video Programs

Click here for: Webinars


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


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