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IN-SERVICE TRAINING

CASA of LCBWC creates a safe and supportive learning environment. This training sets volunteers on a course to begin providing advocacy immediately upon appointment of a child.

 

our Training

what it entails

Each CASA must complete 12 hours of in-service training each year. Workshops, conferences, seminars, and monthly in-service offered through the office all count toward your ongoing training.

Advocates can also complete independent study hours that count towards your in-service quota.

Listed below are office-approved training materials available to check out at the office or stream online.

Training Materials

Books

Read any of these titles and write a summary report for 2 in-service credits

CASA Specific Literature
  • Care & Custody: A novel of three children at risk, Martha Gershun
  • One Child at a Time: The mission of a CASA, Yolanda Bryant
CASA Specific Literature
  • Care & Custody: A novel of three children at risk, Martha Gershun
  • One Child at a Time: The mission of a CASA, Yolanda Bryant
CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT: Memoirs
  • Garbage Bag Suitcase, Shenandoah Chefalo
  • Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  • Three More Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  • A Child Called “It”, Dave Pelzer
  • The Lost Boy, Dave Pelzer
  • The Privilege of Youth, Dave Pelzer
  • No Momma’s Boy, Dominic Carter
  • The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance
  • One Kid at a Time, Jake Dekker
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • No Visible Bruises: What we don’t know about domestic violence can kill us, Rachel Louise Snyder
FICTIONal Novels
  • Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate
  • The Blind Side, Michael Lewis
  • Room, Emma Donoghue
  • The Kindness of Strangers, Katrina Kittle
  • Betrayed, Rosie Lewis
  • Another Place at the Table, Kathy Harrison
METAL ILLNESS
  • An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  • Beautiful Boy, David Sheff
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, Nic Sheff
  • High Achiever, Tiffany Jenkins
trauma
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Bruce Perry, and Maia Szalavitz
  • The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, & Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel Van Der Kolk
Training Materials

Movies

Watch any of these titles and include a brief summary in optima for 2 in-service credits

AMAZON PRIME

  • Beautiful Boy
  • Manchester by the Sea

HBO

  • Foster

NETFLIX

  • Hillbilly Elegy

Check out

  • Ben Is Back
  • The Blind Side 
  • From Place to Place
  • The Glass Castle 
  • I Am Sam 
  • I Love You Mom: Please Don’t Break My Heart
  • Instant Family 
  • Losing Isaiah
  • Martian Child
  • Precious
  • Room
  • Short Term 12 
  • White Oleander 
  • Winter’s Bone 
Training Materials

Webinars

Watch any of the titles and receive the specified amount of in-service credits.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Advocating for Indian Children: ICWA and the Role of CASA Staff & Advocates

2 in-service credits

According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is “…to protect the best interest of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture… “(25 U.S. C. 1902). ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children and sets minimum standards for the handling of these cases. 

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Strengthening Families Using a Racial Equity Lens

1.25 in-service credits 

This webinar will present how history has shaped our child welfare system and, inadvertently, created negative outcomes for families of color. This training material will center on the role of implicit bias in child welfare decisions. National data will be included as well as local data (as available). Additionally, there will be concepts of racial justice explored and compelling reasons for each participant to play an active role in equity and justice. We will explore how we can partner with families and strengthen them. Much of the system is crisis oriented and risk averse, so there is also a discussion of family separation and the trauma that lingers when a child is removed from their family. 

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Culturally Responsive Child Advocacy

4 total in-service credits 

This four-part series aims to improve our collective understanding of racial disparity in the child welfare system. As we improve our understanding of systemic racism and our individual and institutional roles in it, we build a foundation for achieving racial equity. 

PART 1 — HISTORY OF THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM 

1 in-service credit

This session examines significant historical events, policies that resulted in segregation, and disparate outcomes for children in the foster care system. 

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Part 2 — THE CURRENT STATE AND CLIMATE OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM 

1 in-service credit

This session looks at the data and current realities of the foster care system set in a historical and sociopolitical context. 

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Part 3 — UNDERSTANDING RACIAL BIAS AND THE IMPACT ON FAMILIES OF COLOR 

1 in-service credit

This session explores how unconscious racial bias shows up in our advocacy work both interpersonally and institutionally. 

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Part 4 — TOOLS FOR CLOSING THE GAP 

1 in-service credit

This session focuses on skill-building and applying the knowledge gleaned from previous sessions. Skill includes but are not limited to, tools for examining bias, evaluating equity, disrupting microaggressions, repairing racial ruptures, and cultural humility. 

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All Children-All Families: Advocating for LGBTQ Youth

3.75 total in-service credits 

This four-part series aims to improve our collective understanding of racial disparity in the child welfare system. As we improve our understanding of systemic racism and our individual and institutional roles in it, we build a foundation for achieving racial equity. 

PART 1 — SETTING THE FOUNDATION FOR LGBTQ INCLUSION

1.25 in-service credits

During this webinar participants will learn how and why LGBTQ inclusion matters to the work of CASA/GAL staff and volunteer advocates through:  

  • Improving participants’ knowledge of and comfort with appropriate terminology re: LGBTQ and sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) issues  
  • Exploring accurate information about the diversity of LGBTQ youth and adult identities and experiences  
  • Identifying language and behaviors that create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth and adults 

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Part 2 — ADVOCATING FOR LGBTQ YOUTH 

1.25 in-service credits

During this webinar participants will learn how and why LGBTQ inclusion matters to the work of CASA/GAL staff and volunteer advocates through:  

  • Explaining main challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, including statistics on bullying, harassment, violence, and over-representation in systems of care.  
  • Identifying common barriers LGBTQ youth face in out-of-home care and resources available for advocates.  
  • Exploring research on the importance of family response and adult support and how these responses impact outcomes for LGBTQ youth.  
  • Sharing ways to effectively respond to common misconceptions about LGBTQ youth. 
  • Discussing language and behaviors that create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth, including culturally responsive discussions of SOGIE identity. 

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Part 3 — ADVOCATING FOR LGBTQ YOUTH IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM 

1.25 in-service credits

During this webinar participants will learn how and why LGBTQ inclusion matters to the work of CASA/GAL staff and volunteer advocates through:  

  • Explaining main challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in the education system  
  • Identifying common barriers LGBTQ youth face in the education system and resources available for volunteer advocates 

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Permanency & Child Outcomes

Advocating for Trafficked and High-Risk Child and Youth Victims

1.5 in-service credits

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Substance Use Disorders

3 total in-service credits 

PART 1 — SUBSTANCE USE: AN INTRODUCTION TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE AS A DISORDER

1 in-service credit

During this foundational webinar in the series, participants will learn more about Substance Use Disorder (SUD) myths and facts, terminology and appropriate language; history of SUD and the opioid epidemic; and relapse and recovery maintenance. 

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Part 2 — SUBSTANCE USE: A FAMILY-CENTERED APPROACH TO UNDERSTAND IMPACT

1 in-service credit

During this webinar, participants will learn more about SUD diagnoses and types of treatment, the impact on children and families, and the family-centered approach to treatment. 

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Part 3 — SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AND CHILD WELFARE

1 in-service credit

In the third part of the series, participants will learn more about SUD and child welfare involvement, safety and permanency, and resources available to assist with their work. 

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Self-Care

How to be Resilient in a Pandemic, and Beyond

1.5 in-service credits

The training will change the way participants understand resilience, from the old definition of surviving or “bouncing back” from challenges to a more modern focus on growing through challenges and thriving in the future. Participants will learn proven, practical strategies that they can start using immediately to increase their resiliency during the pandemic, providing them with both personal and community strengths that will continue to benefit them after the pandemic recedes. 

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How Do We Manage Our Secondary Trauma, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue During COVID-19?<br /> Essential Tools from a Trauma Expert

1.5 in-service credits

There is now wide consensus that responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will take months rather than weeks. As CASA/GAL staff and volunteers we work in high-stress, trauma-exposed fields, and all need to consider strategies that will help us remain clear-headed, compassionate, and present in the long-term rather than racing to just get through another day. Using evidence-informed strategies, this webinar will offer some essential strategies and resources to help all of us manage this difficult time. 

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