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

Dallas CASA Live Webinars

In Her Shoes, A Simulation Experience presented by Genesis Women’s Shelter

In Her Shoes is a simulation experience designed for attendees to experience firsthand the hurdles and roadblocks that a survivor of domestic violence faces in her life. A powerful community education tool, this workshop was developed in 2000 by the Washington Coalition on Domestic Violence. Attendees will build empathy and understanding for the realities that a survivor faces in trying to live a life free from violence and abuse.

When: Monday, November 14, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Where: In person / Dallas CASA Training Room
Registration: Register here
*Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at 50 attendees


Understanding the Crossover Youth Practice Model 

Crossover Youth are defined as youth who have experienced abuse and/or neglect and who engage in delinquency. Representatives from the Dallas Juvenile Justice Department will educate us on how this model is helping strengthen systems of care that serve crossover youth in order to improve outcomes for youth, families, and communities.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Registration: Register here


Continuing Education in the Community

Keeping Children Safe in a Troubled World

This workshop presents proactive strategies adults can use to recognize and respond to abuse (such as bullying, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or physical abuse). Participants will develop a general understanding of child abuse, learn to identify signs and symptoms of abuse and explore ways to prevent trauma.

When: Wednesday, November 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Webinar
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


A Family Affair: The Impact of Foster Care and Adoption on the Family System

Adding a new child to a family system— through birth, adoption, kinship care, or foster care will make a splash in any family, no matter what! This training, by Gladney University, explores how the family dynamic can shift when fostering or adoption occurs. It will uncover experiences and core topics of foster and adoptive families such as vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and post-adoption depression in the context of how they impact the family system.

When: Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Decreasing Suicidality Risk in Youth

As a licensed master social worker, Amber Jewell has over 15 years of experience working with youth and families in child protective services, the education field, and mental health services. Decreasing Suicidality Risk in Youth will help professionals and caregivers identify ways to start the conversation of suicidality with youth, know the warning signs, and be able to develop crisis plans for the youth they encounter.

When: Tuesday, November 8, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Following the Evidence in Child Abuse and Child Exploitation Cases

Examine the importance of Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) case coordination and evidence corroboration in the investigation of child abuse cases. Various members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, such as law enforcement, child protective services, and forensic interviewers may gather different or differing information. Learn how to evaluate evidentiary findings through crime scene images, interviews and case studies. Understand multi-disciplinary team members’ roles and responsibilities for protecting child victims and prosecuting offenders. Focus on offenders’ use of technology, including the use of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in grooming and manipulation. Discuss a variety of technologies that can be used by investigators.

When: Tuesday, November 8, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ( lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
and Wednesday, November 9, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Cost: No cost
Where: Virtual program
Registration: Register here


Building Resilience in Today’s Youth

Sharing the latest approaches for mental wellbeing, hear from experts from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Florida International University, Florida State University, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and leading community agencies. The goal of this symposium is to improve youth experiences, specifically relating to youth living with economic disparities and challenges around diversity, equity and inclusion; adverse childhood experiences; and the impact of 24/7 technology on the way we act, think, feel, behave and process.

When: Wednesday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Child Abuse: From Suspicion to Disclosure

Learn the best approach with children who are alleged victims of child abuse in the initial phases of a case, after a concern has been identified. Develop the skills and techniques necessary to engage a child in such a way as to minimize suggestibility but still provide support, beyond what is taught in a First Responder Training. Review best practices in identification of a concern and learn to engage these children in a way that maximizes positive case outcomes and minimizes potential behaviors that can hurt cases.

When: Thursday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Strategies for Supporting Your Child’s Mental and Behavioral Health

In this webinar, parents, caregivers and professionals will have an opportunity to learn about ideas and techniques to support their child’s mental behavioral health using preventative best practices. These techniques will help caregivers to avoid behavioral challenges before they occur. The session will include an opportunity for questions and answers at the conclusion.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 12:15 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Building Self-Identity and Confidence in your African American Child

Speaker Darnetta Forteau will provide an overview for caregivers in transracial adoptions specifically geared towards African American children and providing culturally relevant information (i.e, haircare, skincare, cultural history, traditions). Anything that would be helpful for those parents that are wanting to ensure their child is connected to their cultural heritage. Presented by Gladney University

When: Tuesday, November 15, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Zoom program
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here


Navigating Family Connections

This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to examine how and why birth family is often critically important to children moving towards permanency and children who have been adopted, and how foster and adoptive parents’ attitudes toward birth family impact their children’s self-concept and identity. We also address age-appropriate communication about birth family, helping children/adolescents come to terms with difficult information, and what parents/professionals need to know about maintaining a relationship with the birth family.

When: Thursday, November 17, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar
Cost: No cost with code FAMILY
Registration: Register here


Dallas CASA Online Learning Center

Dallas CASA advocates have access to online Dallas CASA CE 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.

Some of the available courses:
Case Management and Documentation (3 hours)
Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (2 hours)
Confidentiality: To Share or Not To Share (1.5 hours)
Educational Advocacy (1 hour)
Medical Advocacy (1.5 hours)
Mental Health Advocacy (2 hours)
Sexual Abuse Prevention for Dallas CASA (1.5 hours)


The 2022 Dallas CASA ADVOCATE SUMMIT

If you were unable to attend this year’s virtual Summit, you can now access the recordings. There are more than 14 hours of impactful training ready for you to view. All of the Saturday presentations, as well as the CEO kickoff and Dallas CASA Leadership Panel are live on our 2022 Advocate Summit YouTube playlist. Watch, enjoy and record your training hours in Optima.

YouTube: Watch here 


The Dallas CASA BIG D READS event

Dallas CASA was honored to be a community partner in this year’s Big D Reads. If you missed the panel discussion on “The Accommodation” moderated by Kathleen LaValle with Jim Schutze, the recording is available to view at any time.

Zoom: Watch here


Continuing Education Independent Learning

Recommended Audio Programs

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Recommended Films

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Recommended Television Programs

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Recommended Video Programs

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Racism, Disproportionality and Race Equity Resources

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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 the: Recommended Reading List


Recommended Publications

Assessing the Well-Being of Children in North Texas (Nov 2021) – 2 hours
DFPS Children Without Placement Report (Sept 2021) – I hour
State of the State: Texas Child Welfare System Trends (July 2021) – 1 hour


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 Guide: English 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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