Hello CASA Friends – please see below for many options for continuing education at-your-own pace and at-a-distance.
In-House Training – HCCASA staff have filmed various training topics available via Vimeo. Please click here to visit our Vimeo Training Library.
Password was distributed by Amy, call any CASA staff if you need it.
DFPS offers many continuing education courses through their online portal. Judy specifically recommends:
- New Recognizing and Reporting Child Sexual Abuse: A Training for Caregivers
- Trauma Informed Care Training
- Psychotropic Medications
- Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child: A Guide for Professionals
Here is a link to DFPS’ Virtual Visit Guidelines, which explains their processes in depth during the COVID19 pandemic: DFPS Virtual Visit Guidelines
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) has a free, six-course Basic Education training focused on children. Free Registration Required. (This is a good one to share with parents and placements!)
Our local KAP recommended this library of training videos from the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton WI.
Texas CASA has lots of continuing education in their Learning Center – search by topic of interest. Free Registration Required. Stephanie recommends:
- The Effects of Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure
- Working with Parents involved in the Child Welfare System
HILL COUNTRY CASA’S PMC PROJECT TRAINING: Provided to the Texas CASA network at the 2017 Texas CASA Conference in Galveston, Texas
We have a proud history of serving all of the Hill Country’s children in foster care. Each year, in about half of these cases, the parents’ rights are terminated and the child is left with no option to return to their biological parents’ home. These children are in permanent managing conservatorship of the State of Texas until a caring relative or other individual is found to take them in – which can take years.
In these cases, the CASA volunteer is the only steady adult in the child’s life. These children typically move from placement to placement (in some cases more than 10 times). With each placement change come new caregivers, caseworkers, therapists, and friends.
Think about a child you know; and then the support system of nuclear and extended family, friends, school, that surround them and help them to know they are deserving of love. We take for granted the outpouring of love and support for the children in our lives. Foster children do not have the luxury of this love and support, which adds additional trauma to their lives. This is why the steady support of their caring CASA is vitally important to the child’s long term success.
Click below for PMC training topic: