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.
Neglect:The Hole in the Middle (Alaska Center for Resource Families web-based course.
Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma - free online course offered by Child Trauma Academy
Bad Memories - In this podcast, Dr. Valerie Edwards discusses the lingering effects of adverse childhood experiences. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Knowing Who You Are
During the Tribal State Collaboration Group (TSCG) meetings in 2008, the State of Alaska’s Office of Children’s Services (OCS), Tribal partners, and Tribal organizations committed to train all State and Tribal child welfare workers under the same process called Knowing Who You Are (KWYA). TSCG recognized that a component of helping youth in care succeed was for youth to be able to develop and maintain a healthy racial and ethnic identity.
The KWYA curriculum, originally designed by Casey Family Programs (CFP), is a model used in many states. CFP supported Alaska in creating a diverse team of facilitators and certifiers in order to build the self-sustained program it is today.
KWYA provides a framework for participants to identify and explore racial and ethnic identity and to understand how one’s race and ethnicity impacts both personal and professional interactions. KWYA is open to State and Tribal child welfare workers, child advocates, foster parents, juvenile justice staff, teachers and other educators, law enforcement, service providers, and other community partners.
For information on a workshop near you, please visit: http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Pages/icwa/default.aspx
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."
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. There is a page devoted to advocate resources which includes the following topics.
- Addiction/Substance Abuse
- Educational Advocacy
- Rural Issues
- Family Preservation
- Child Welfare
- Foster Care/Placement
- Working with Child Welfare Professionals
- Working with Children
- Cultural Competence/Diversity
- Working with Parents
- Disparity Law/Legal
- Working with Older Youth
- Domestic Violence Research and Evaluation
- Youth Voice
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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, 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.