Online Continuing Education

CASA volunteers can earn credits toward the required 12 hours of annual continuing education by completing training online, reading articles or watching videos pertinent to the CASA role.  Review the options below, and then check with your local program coordinator to be sure the topic you choose is eligible for continuing education credit.


Videos, Websites


Podcasts
  • Bad Memories  - In this podcast, Dr. Valerie Edwards discusses the lingering effects of adverse childhood experiences. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)



Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
National CASA Association
National CASA offers several options for continuing education.  Ask your local CASA program coordinator about getting credit for listening to a relevant podcast or completing one of the e-learning series.  Currently there are e-learning courses on "Education and Youth in Out-of-Home Care" and on "Supporting Youth Transitions Into Adulthood."
National CASA Webinar Library
The National CASA Training Department regularly hosts webinars to introduce new training materials and resources; improve programs' ability to raise funds and awareness; and share the latest information on timely topics from leaders in the child welfare field. See a list of upcoming webinars on the training calendar or access a recording of a past webinars through the National CASA YouTube channel using the links on the webinar library page
National CASA Advocacy Resources
The Advocacy Resources section of the NCASA website provides a wealth of resources to members of the CASA community. Topics range from abuse and neglect to working with Native children, and include articles, websites, podcasts and more.
CASA Connection Archives
The Connection magazine was published quarterly by the National CASA Association and includes feature stories on topics relevant to CASA volunteer advocacy.  Access archives of The Connection. 
Alaska History and Cultural Studies
Alaska's History & Cultural Studies provides students, teachers and others interested in the state access to a rich source of facts and viewpoints about Alaska and its history.  There are six UNITS, each encompassing an important theme or historical period. Linked to the UNITS you'll find extensive information that includes an historical account of that era, stories of the people who lived then, photographs, maps, oral history, letters and other primary resources. 
Alaska Center for Resource Families
The Alaska Center for Resource Families (ACRF) website offers original written, audio and web-based courses on topics relevant for Alaska foster parents.  Many of these courses are also relevant for child advocates.  Check with your local program coordinator before completing an ACRF course to be sure you will be given continuing education credit for the topic you've selected. 
CASA of Arizona
CASA of Arizona's website offers an array of online training modules.  While some of the modules are specific to Arizona, most are relevant to child advocates everywhere.  There are even instructions for learners from other programs on how to submit your training results to your local CASA program for credit.  Check with your local program coordinator to be sure the topic you choose is eligible for continuing education credit.
Child Trauma Academy
The Child Trauma Academy offers several free online courses:
  • The Amazing Human Brain and Human Development
  • Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma
  • The Cost of Caring: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families
  • Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children
FosterClub Online Training
FosterClub offers a number of free online training courses ranging from The Sibling Bond to Challenges in Helping Youth Live Independently and Helping Abused Kids in Care Heal.  Check with your local program coordinator to be sure the topic you choose is eligible for continuing education credit.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Free online tutorials focus on the subjects of substance abuse and child welfare; they support and facilitate collaboration between the child welfare system, the substance abuse treatment system and the courts. Continuing Education Units are available upon successful completion of a tutorial. Website also includes resources and topics from numerous sources that address substance abuse, child welfare and courts and a child welfare training toolkit
National Children's Advocacy Center
The National Children's Advocacy Center website provides a variety of webinars and online courses. Training is free, but you will have to register. Check with your local program coordinator to be sure the topic you choose is eligible for continuing education credit.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) website lists a wealth of teleconferences, webcasts and webinars offered by NRCPFC and other organizations. Check with your local program coordinator to be sure the topic you choose is eligible for continuing education credit.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has partnered with the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, also a service of the Children's Bureau, to provide an online training on parent-child visits to help you enhance efforts toward family reunification.
Institute for Family Violence Studies - Florida State University School of Social Work
Free online tutorials:
  • Introduction to Domestic Violence
  • The Intersection of Domestic Abuse and Child Victimization 
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