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Find in-person & online training opportunities provided through Texas CASA’s CASA College to further the education of the CASA network in Texas. Below you will find all of the latest CASA College articles – to browse other categories, return to the Inside CASA home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Register Now for Mastering the Art of Training & Facilitation Training in February

Formally known both as Training of Facilitators (TOF) and Mastering the Art of Pre-Service Facilitation, Mastering the Art of Training & Facilitation is a new two-day, in-person training opportunity that focuses on ALL kinds of training and presentations, not only on pre-service volunteer training. In this training, both beginner and seasoned trainers will walk away with new… Read more »

Online Core Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST) Demonstrates the Foster Care Process

Texas CASA created an interactive e-learning course, Online Core Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST), to illustrate everything that happens when a child comes to the attention of CPS. The course contains six modules, which each take one to two hours to complete. This course is recommended for all CASA staff, volunteers, board members and other stakeholders… Read more »

Webinar: Priorities for the 85th Legislative Session

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, the Texas CASA Public Policy team is presenting a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, from 12-1 p.m. that will cover Texas CASA’s legislative priorities for the 85th Session. Topics will include budget priorities, examining foster care placement issues, and reforming child abuse and neglect investigations for children in state care…. Read more »

Save the Date for 2017 Executive Director & Program Director Retreat

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Executive Director & Program Director Retreat will be on May 4-5. We hope you will join us for two days of learning, collaboration, networking and relaxation. More information coming soon! If you have any questions, please contact Training & Communications Director Leslie Morton at lmorton@texascasa.org. BACK TO… Read more »

New Recruiter Orientation Jan. 12-13 in Austin

Texas CASA is hosting a New Recruiter Orientation from Jan. 12-13 in Austin to share resources, tools and proven methods for volunteer recruitment, and to give new recruiters the chance to network and get hands-on assistance and recommendations from the Texas CASA Recruitment and Retention Team. This orientation is intended for anyone in your CASA program… Read more »

Resources Available for Addressing Child Sexual Aggression

Children who are sexually aggressive and have sexual behavior problems need special attention, care and supervision, and DFPS has begun the process of implementing new procedures to better address these behaviors. As of Dec. 1, 2016, the Department is rolling out important changes that include indicating sexually aggressive behavior in the child’s case record, placement referral form, placement summary… Read more »

Texas CASA Releases Dates & Locations for Regional Board Trainings

A frequent request from the CASA network pertains to more training opportunities and resources for local CASA program board of directors. Additionally, in our most recent annual survey, there was a request for regional trainings instead of only offering board trainings in Austin twice a year. With that in mind, Texas CASA has scheduled six Local Board… Read more »

Webinar: Understanding & Addressing Child Sexual Aggression

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has been working with Texas CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas to develop new guidelines regarding sexually aggressive behavior among children and youth in the Texas foster care system. Those new guidelines are rolling out statewide on Dec. 1, and it is important for CASA volunteers and… Read more »

New Online Trauma-Informed Advocacy Training Available

Texas CASA is excited to share a new online training resource, Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth in Foster Care, featuring Elizabeth Watkins, J.D., Regional Attorney for the Department of Family and Protective Services. Following the Trauma-Informed Care survey and report issued last year, Texas CASA, the Texas Children’s Commission and the Shield Ayers Foundation partnered… Read more »

New Recruiter Orientation Sept. 15-16 in Austin

Texas CASA is hosting a New Recruiter Orientation from Sept. 15-16 in Austin to share resources, tools and proven methods for volunteer recruitment, and to give new recruiters the chance to network and get hands-on assistance and recommendations from the Texas CASA Recruitment and Retention Team. This orientation is intended for anyone in your CASA… Read more »