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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

Save the Date! The Dallas CASA Advocate Summit is Saturday, October 2, with a kick-off program the evening of September 30. Registration for this virtual training event opens soon!

Community Partner Spotlight: Gladney Center for Adoption

Join Amy Smith and Kerry Tobar of Gladney to learn how their agency services may benefit CASA kids. They will share information about the domestic infant adoption program, New Beginnings (adoptions through foster care) and the Gladney Home (residential care for teen girls).

When: Wednesday, September 22, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Registration: Register here

Child Welfare Attorneys: Developing Working Relationships

Wondering how to manage barriers to collaboration with some attorneys? Learn some different perspectives on working with attorneys representing kids, parents and CPS, and get ideas for how to effectively advocate regardless of which attorneys you’re aligned with. Kim Murphy, Staff Attorney at the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic, will share practical guidance and insights learned as an Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Public Defender serving as a GAL, and former CASA Supervisor.

When: Monday, September 27, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
Registration: Register here

Children Without Placements (CWOP): The Texas Foster Care Crisis

Join Dallas CASA Children’s Council for a panel discussion on the current foster care crisis in Texas: Children Without Placements (CWOP) Guest panelists include the Honorable Delia Gonzalez (Child Protection and Permanency Court Judge in Dallas County), Kim Higgins (Permanency Specialist and Supervisor at Dallas CASA), Jessica Paige (Conservatorship Program Director with DFPS), and Lee Ann McKinney (Assistant District Attorney with Dallas County’s DA office). Panel will be moderated by Dallas CASA Program Director Chad Frymire.

When: Thursday, September 30, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom program
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. 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.”

Some of the other available courses include:
Case Management and Documentation (3 hours)
Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (2 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)
Sexual Abuse Prevention for Dallas CASA (1.5 hours)

Continuing Education in the Community

Live Webinars

Helping My Child Navigate Online Aggression and Foster Healthy Online Socialization

Presented by Karilyn Orr of the Illinois Attorney General’s office and hosted by Illionis CASA, this webinar examines online aggression as a victim and perpetrator. This webinar discusses social skills that prompt healthy interpersonal interactions, which apply to the digital world, and result in cyber safety.

When: Tuesday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Living Intentionally with Poverty In Mind

Elia Morena, Executive Director of Texas Christian Community Development Network, facilitates a webinar hosted by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. In this session you will learn how 9 principles in just 90 seconds can allow you a way to build relationships and strengthen interactions with people living in the crisis of emotional and economical poverty. People living in poverty have fewer options as they work to navigate COVID-19 closures and layoffs. They were the first to feel the economic shift and they will also take the longest time to recover.

When: Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

The State of Latinx Children in America

CHILDREN AT RISK, in collaboration with The Children’s Partnership, presents a virtual event to bring awareness to issues of immigration policy, education, health, and economic security that specifically affect Latinx children across the US. Policy and practice experts will discuss the Latinx child experience with a focus on Idaho, Texas, and California.

When: Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $45
Registration: Register here

The Hidden Ingredients: Factors in Health and Problematic Eating Patterns

Gladney University presents a webinar focused on understanding the etiology of eating disorders as well as behavioral and warning signs. Attendees will learn how to approach a teen with a potential eating disorder and about different treatment types.

When: Thursday, September 23, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

Navigating Homelessness in Child Welfare: Considerations of Child and Family Advocates

CASA of Philadelphia hosts a quarterly CASA speaker series. This training will include a panel discussion with a social worker and two attorneys discussing homelessness in the child welfare system.

When: Thursday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Registration: Register here

2021 Ethics & Social Work Virtual Conference

Texas Women’s University hosts a virtual conference on Mental Health: Legislation, Practice, and Ethical Issues.

When: Friday, October 15, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $45
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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