Volunteer

Volunteer

Take the first step to becoming a CASA advocate:

VOLUNTEER!

CASA Café or Lunch & Learn (continuing education for current volunteers) – CASA Volunteers must accrue 12 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) each calendar year. These hours are earned by attending our various In-Service events throughout the year, by attending the Texas CASA Convention, attending various conferences and training’s offered locally, completing various webinars and online-courses offered through TX CASA and also by reading books or watching videos from the approved lists and submit a synopsis.

For webinars and online courses go to TX CASA for a wide-range of educational opportunities: https://learn.texascasa.org/?page=2
Email your completion certificate, or write a reflective on what you learned, and how long the training was!

Remaining 2021 In-Service CEU Events for trained advocates only:

Tuesday, August 10 via Zoom @ 12pm – Legislative Changes – the Family First Prevention Act presented by Kate Murphy with Texans for Children.
Register @ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtd-isrDoiH9weW14JIkdhtY9SHaXxEK1K

MONDAY, August 23 @ 6pm in CASA Training room – TBRI – Trust Based Relational Intervention presented by Megan Harbin, LCPAA Director of Family Outreach with Methodist Children’s Home. Register @ rebeltaylor@bigcountrycasa.org

Tuesday, Sept 14 @ 12pm in CASA Training room (may be changed to Zoom) – Human Trafficking presentation with Bryn Stonehouse and Veronica Lowenberg. Details to come. Register @ rebeltaylor@bigcountrycasa.org

Tuesday, Sept 28 @ 6pm in CASA Training room (may be changed to Zoom) – ELLA Lifebook training

Tuesday, Oct 12 @ 12pm via Zoom – CANS Assessment with Stephanie Duncan of New Horizons. The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths – is a multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making
Register @ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qc-GoqDwiE9KYE8WTtqr5_4AZqZkg-QHT

Tuesday, Oct 26 – 5:45 – 7:30pm – The Art of Communication & Collaboration in Difficult Cases presented by Tony Barker & Marla Polk with Resolution Solutions.
Register @ rebeltaylor@bigcountrycasa.org

Tuesday, Nov 9 @ 12pm via Zoom – Drugs in CPS Cases Pt 2 presented by Marco Quesada, DFPS Substance Use Specialist.
Register @ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrfuqsqD4tH9X6rMXQGMuwMV8FLQXI6pIa

Due to covid Restrictions – we offered the majority of our 2020 CEU trainings via Zoom.
There are recorded trainings are available on our youtube channel:

Please start viewing by first subscribing to our channel… if you don’t already have a YouTube account – you will be required to set up a free account:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs7gtNIW3zImJhZkkJXxcZw?view_as=subscriber

It’s simple… Watch, take notes and turn in to trainer for CEU credits.

 

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. Every 100 pages equal 1 CE hour.  For example, if you read a book that is 300 pages long, you will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit.

Here is our updated Recommending Reading List – June 2019.

Topical Movies

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 the trailer: Click here
Where it can be found: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes

The Ride
After a violent, racially charged incident lands John in juvenile detention, he is finally placed with an unlikely set of foster parents, Eldridge and Marianna, an interracial couple. Eldridge makes it his mission to overcome the challenges of John’s white supremacist upbringing, slowly beginning to forge a relationship through his foster brother’s fascination with extreme sports and BMX biking. Rooted by this newfound passion, the family builds a bond of mutual respect, love and redemption.

Watch the trailer: Click here
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime

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

Foster
This HBO documentary visits courtrooms, foster homes, juvenile centers, hospitals and the neighborhoods of Los Angeles to tell stories of the foster care system in the United States. One literally begins in the cradle, focusing on an infant born to a mother who tests positive for cocaine at the child’s birth.

Here is a link for more information https://www.hbo.com/content/hboweb/en/documentaries/foster/about.html

Podcasts & Webinars 

National CASA
Various Webinars on diverse topics provided by National CASA: National-CASA-GAL-Association-for-Children-2020-Archived-Webinars-Catalog.pdf
Just browse the catalog, click on the link provided, and turn in your notes/reflective for credit.

CASA College
The CASA College LMS includes the Online Core Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST), new e-learning materials we are developing, such as the Fierce Advocate Series, and an archive of past e-learning materials such as our monthly advocacy webinars. All these materials are available for continuing education or volunteer pre-service training.

TED Talk: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
What really causes addiction? How can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail first hand and began to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do.

Podcast: Engaging Youth in Foster Care
As the youth in care begin to develop their own sense of self and independence, you may experience difficulty engaging them to participate in their case plans or helping them realize the impacts their decisions may have on their long-term future.

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.

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.

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.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Safety Training
With the school year upon us, it is a good time to read up on how to help prevent cyberbullying, sexting and other types of risky online behavior in children and teens. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has provided a website to help educate adults and children on these risks. You may count research as continuing education credit.

National Children’s Advocacy Center Online Training
Previously recorded webinars that offer information pertaining to multiple aspects of CASA cases can be found on the National Children’s Advocacy Center website and can be viewed at any time with no cost. On their website, you will be directed to create a login account to access the webinars. Click here to view available webinars.

Building Trauma-Informed Services for Children, Youth, and Parents Impacted by Domestic Violence
This is a 10-part recorded webinar series that can be accessed at any time. Topics include: Children and Domestic Violence, Caring for Others While Caring for Ourselves, Children Grow in the Context of Their Relationships, Understanding Children’s Responses to DV and Other Trauma, Responding to the Needs of Children and Families Impacted by DV, Engaging and Supporting Parents

Webinars from the National Center on Family Homelessness
Voices from the Field: Strategies for integrating domestic violence and homelessness services
Young Families: Risk and Protective Factors
Working with Young Homeless Families: Strategies to Foster Resiliency
Guidelines for Working with Young Homeless Families
Physical and Emotional Awareness for Children who are Homeless

Webinar Series: Trauma-Focused Interventions for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Although research on trauma-focused interventions continues to grow, there are still only a limited number of interventions designed specifically for responding to the traumatic effects of domestic and sexual violence. This webinar series was designed to highlight some of these emerging and evidence-based approaches.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Survivors of Trauma: An Introduction
Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women
Beyond Anger and Violence: A Program for Women

“Faces of Human Trafficking” Video Series

The series is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victims of human trafficking, effective victim services, victims’ legal needs, and voices of survivors.

TBRI® An Overview: Putting the Pieces Together
This short video explains the principles and concepts of Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, a proven method for enriching the lives of at-risk, vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. Trauma can impair language, sensory processing, and coping skills, and can lead to perplexing behaviors that are often mistaken for aggression or mental illness. This video features world-renowned experts who share research that documents how consistently positive experiences with loving caregivers can re-wire a child’s brain fora lasting change.

Meth Addiction in Hawai’i – Podcast Series
A podcast series about meth addiction in Hawai’i that really puts a human face on the problem. The episodes range from 15-20 minutes each.  Listen to all four episodes and read the accompanying written material for a 2 hour continuing education credit. Individual segments can be listened to for a smaller CE credit.

Promoting Family Health Through the Parent-Child Feeding Relationship
Unhealthy foods are readily available, cheaper than healthy alternatives, and advertised directly to children. Parents play an instrumental role in helping children navigate this unhealthy food environment. This presentation will discuss characteristics of children and parents that put some families at risk for eating challenges and how developing a positive parent-child feeding relationship benefits both parent and child. Dr. Doris Luft de Baker’s lecture is now available to view on the UT Dallas website.

Children’s Commission: 2015 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.