Training

NEW VOLUNTEER TRAINING

Hill Country CASA now offers a 3-part flexible training at your own pace for new volunteers!

Prospective Volunteers can now customize their training experience to fit their schedule. There are three parts to this training schedule.

#1 Court Observation – the prospective volunteer will observe a minimum of 3 hours of court observation in their home county (if possible, or in HCCASA service area). This will offer a picture of the work of the CASA volunteer in court. Each county offers a minimum of one docket per month.

#2 Online Modules – Texas CASA offers a wonderful online training that will take the prospective volunteer through one case, beginning to end. Broken into six individual sections, this module can be done at the individual’s leisure, and can be saved at any point. At the conclusion of each section, there is a quiz over the material covered. HCCASA accepts modules completed with a quiz grade of 80% or higher.

To access the Texas CASA online module, go to http://texascasa.org/casa-college-e-learning/

First, create a new account (select the start/continue box in the middle of the page). When asked to select a program choose Hill Country CASA.

  • Once you have made yourself an account, select Catalog to see a list of available courses.
  • Choose CASA Volunteers and Advocacy
  • Then enroll in Online Core Advocacy Skills (OCAST) Training
  • You are now looking at the lessons. Click on the first one and ENJOY!

NOTE: you will need to turn off your POP UP BLOCKER to access the modules.

#3 Face to Face training with Staff/Attorneys/CPS – While Texas CASA’s online training is very good general information, each CASA program in Texas are individual 501c3 organizations, with our own policies, culture and ways of doing business with other agencies. HCCASA’s face to face training days will offer the volunteer specific information about how our agency handles business in our 4 county service area. The face-to-face training is done in two 5 hour days, generally held the first Tuesday and Wednesday of even numbered months. Both days of training are required, however a volunteer may do each day in different months.

HCCASA Staff look forward to meeting you and are here to support you through the process. Please call, email or come by our offices to learn how to get started making a difference in the life of a Hill Country foster child.