Upcoming Events

2020 Schedule of INFO Meets & Trainings 

Interested in learning more about our program & how you can volunteer?

All in-person Information meets are on hold. We are holding Virtual info meets via Zoom – for more information please email: rebeltaylor@bigcountrycasa.org

upcoming volunteer advocate Training classes

January 2020 New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs Jan 9th @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon Jan 13th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Jan 16th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Jan 20th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Jan 23rd @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Jan 27th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Jan 30th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Sat Feb 1st @ 9:00am – 3:00pm

February 2020 NEW VOLUNTEER Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs Feb 13th @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon Feb 17th  @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Thurs Feb 20th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Feb 24th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Feb 27th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Sat Feb 29th @ 9:00am – 3:00pm
Mon March 2nd @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs March 5th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Summer 2020 NEW VOLUNTEER Flex* New Volunteer Training* –
Trainees must attend all sessions for that time period.

PLEASE NOTE:  The schedule and format of this training may be adjusted up until week prior due to COVID19 restrictions. Please email rebeltaylor@bigcountrycasa.org for more details.
Thurs, 5/7 – VIRTUAL Orientation – contact office for details
Mon 5/11 – VIRTUAL Classroom session 1 from 6 – 9 pm
Thurs 5/14 – Virtual Classroom session 2 from 2 – 5pm
Mon 5/18 – Virtual Classroom session 3 from 6 – 9pm
Thurs 5/21 – Virtual Classroom session 4 from 2 – 5pm
TUES 5/26 – Virtual Classroom session 5 from 6 – 8pm

*15 hours VIRTUAL classroom training and 15 hours homework/online. Homework must be completed prior to attending the classroom portion.

Fall 2020  New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs Sept10th @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon Sept 14th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Sept 17th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Sept 21st @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Sept 24th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Sept 28th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Oct 1st @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Sat Oct 3rd @ 9:00am – 3:00pm

All schedules and/or times are subject to change.
Please call office for more information and to confirm schedule.

For more information about new advocate trainings – contact Rebel Taylor at 325-677-6448 or info@bigcountrycasa.org

CASA Café or Lunch & Learn (continuing education for current volunteers)
CASA Volunteers must accrue 12 CEU (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 trainings offered locally.

Our volunteers may also read books or watch videos from the approved lists and submitting a synopsis. See Continuing Education section under Volunteer Tab for full details.

2020 CEU Events:

January we will offer 2 events – all advocates MUST ATTEND 1 of these as they involve program updates!
Tues Jan 14th – Lunch & Learn @ 11:55am – 1:00pm OR
Tues Jan 21st – CASA Café @ 5:55pm – 7:00 pm

Tues Feb 11 – CASA Café @ 5:55pm – 7:30pm – Surrogate Parent Training presented by AISD

Tues March 10 – CASA Café @ 5:55pm – 7:30pm – Understanding & Utilizing a Genogram on your case – presented by Kathy Giebler

Wed April 15 – CASA Lunch & Learn  @ 1pm via Zoom – Cognitive Behavioral & Play Therapies presented by Rebecca Haught,
Registration required & space is limited: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJQtc-quqzIqAoUsAbT4kE2XBaKxYoYwVA

Wed April 22 – Virtual CASA Lunch & Learn @ 12pm – Understanding Medications w/ Dr. Jordan Talley Pharmacist

Wed April 29 – Virtual CASA Lunch & Learn @ 12pm – Digging into ACES w/ Dr. Joshua Dodderer

Tues May 5 – Virtual CASA Lunch & Learn @ 11am – Cultural Diversity & Inclusion w/ Dennise Jackson, TX CASA Recruitment & Retention Officer

POSTPONED – CASA Café @ 5:55pm – 7:30pm – Understanding Teen Sexuality & Orientation presented by Ralph Kantor  *pending local gathering restrictions, this may be reschedfuled

Tues June 9 – CASA Lunch & Learn @ 11:45am – Understanding Drugs, their levels and how they affect our cases presented by Marco Quesada, DFPS Investigator in Substance Use Program

July – none

Tues Aug 11 CASA Lunch & Learn @ 11:45 – Career Pilot Program for Teens presented by Amelia Reeves, TX Workforce Career & Education Outreach Specialist

Tues Sept 8 – to be determined @ 11:55am – 1:00pm Understanding the CANS Assessment presented by Stephanie Duncan of New Horizons

Tues Oct – to be determined

Tues Nov – to be determined

Dec – NO in-office trainings – independent studies