At CASA University, our goal is to provide our CASA/GAL volunteers the most effective child advocacy information at their fingertips. The knowledge that will be obtained from the quality resources, educational in-services, expert speakers, and podcasts—all specifically designed for their continuing education and learning; along with recommended books, articles and conferences will give our volunteers the competency skills they need to build upon ensuring best interests of every child we serve.
We thank you for your commitment to our child advocacy organization and children!
Continuing Education & Inservice
Pursuant to National CASA Standards, CASA volunteers are recommended to acquire 12 hours of continuing education for each year of service they participate in the CASA Program. Participating in ongoing training will maintain and improve the level of the CASA volunteer’s knowledge and skills keeping them up to date on changes in law, local court procedure, the practices of other involved agencies including the local child welfare agency, CASA program, policies, and developments in the fields of child development, child abuse and child advocacy.
Listed below are all of our continuing opportunities offered by CASA Kane County and other sources on an annual basis. You will also receive the Weekly Update providing you multiple opportunities for continuing education via Podcast, conferences and our weekly in-services. Thank you for all that you do and if you have any questions, please contact Debra McQuaid, Director of Advocate Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern, Central, and Southern regional Advocate Gatherings are held every approximately every three months. Notices for these dates are sent out by the leaders of each region via Constant Contact. (1 credit each attendance)
Suggested books & DVDs
CASA Kane County also has a library of books and DVDs available in our office for you to check out and use for 3 credits each.
The list below are recommended by CASA Kane County education staff:
1. The Women Who Raised Me by Victoria Rowell
2. Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
3. I Speak for This Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate by Gay Courter
4. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
5. Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop? Edited by John Hoffman and Susan Froemke
6. From Place to Place (DVD)
7. The Doghouse Angel: From the Darkness of Abuse to the Light of Healing by Kimberly Steward
8. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
9. Addiction: an HBO documentary film (DVD)
10. INK 180: Documentary on sex trafficking survivors and former gang members (DVD)
Training Resource Materials
A resource CD is provided in the initial training manual. Below are the pages that are included on the CD providing additional information relevant to each chapter.
Advocate Handbook – Click to download
Resources & Links
For our advocates convenience, we have posted direct links to useful sites.