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Notice Regarding Online Core Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST) & Volunteer Pre-Service Training

Some local CASA programs currently include the full Online Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST), developed by Texas CASA, in their pre-service volunteer trainings – however, please be mindful that only Lessons 1 through 4 of OCAST specifically address and count towards pre-service volunteer training curriculum requirements in the Texas CASA Standards.

The Online Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST) covers these six lessons:

  • Lesson 1) A Child Comes to the Attention of the Child Protective System
  • Lesson 2) Ex-Parte Hearing to Adversary Hearing
  • Lesson 3) Status Hearing to Initial Permanency Hearing
  • Lesson 4) Subsequent Permanency to Final Hearing
  • Lesson 5) Trial/Adoption
  • Lesson 6) Permanent Managing Conservatorship

Lessons 1-4 of the OCAST curriculum substitute for Chapter 2 of the 2007 National CASA Association Volunteer Training Curriculum, “Introducing the Law, the Child Protection System & the Courts.” The remaining chapters of the National CASA curriculum must still be incorporated in volunteer pre-service training.

Chapter 2 of National CASA’s curriculum takes three hours. CASA programs that incorporate Lessons 1-4 of OCAST into their trainings can calculate and include the number of hours volunteers take to complete Lessons 1-4. Typically, these lessons should take between five and six hours total. Programs can use their training agenda to document all pre-service volunteer training hours.

Please note that, although Lessons 5 and 6 of OCAST do not count for pre-service training, they can be used for in-service training opportunities.

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