Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Continuing Education

We provide a wide range of trainings, workshops, books and movies for our CASA volunteers to help them complete their required 1 hour of training for each month of service (read the Continuing Education Policy here (pdf)). For example, a CASA could achieve their 12 hours of continued education by attending a 3 hour training session, watching three 2-hour movies, and reading a 300 page book. These can be done over the course of twelve months. You can also look for suggestions for continuing education in our weekly CASA News email.

*Continuing education hours are different than case hours. Example of case hours include: time that you spent with your advocate child(ren), email, texts, phone conversations, driving to and from appointments, school meetings, and any additional support you've offered to the case over-all.

Upcoming Child Advocates’ Workshops

Informing the Cultural Divide: Mentoring Diverse Youth
Monday, April 29th, noon-1:30 p.m.

CASAs mentor youth diverse in racial, cultural and ethnic identities, often different than their own. How does cultural identity develop through childhood? How can we, as CASAs, support our youth through this development and guide them to recognize their potential and possibilities?? We are thrilled to have Dr. Alvin Thomas, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Diversity and Assistant Professor at Palo Alto University, lead this interactive workshop. RSVP to training@cadvocates.org

CASA Court Report Writing Workshop (In-Person & Zoom)
Thursday, April 11th, noon-1:30 p.m.
Do you have a hearing that is coming up and would like additional support to draft the court report? Come join us! Open to all CASAs. This session will be led by CASA Specialist, Kieu Tu. If you are interested in attending, please email to kieu@cadvocates.org

Upcoming Community Trainings

Child Abuse Prevention Council Symposium
Friday, April 12th, 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
Villa Ragusa, 35 S.2nd St., Campbell 
Mix and mingle with other volunteers and professionals while learning about issues and trends that affect our kids. And, get seven hours of continuing education credit (over half-way to your yearly requirement)! See program highlights here. CASAs can register with a discounted rate. For the promo code, please email daisy@cadvocates.org

Upcoming Discussion Groups 

NMD Discussion Group: Teen Relationships and NMD Post-Secondary Vocational Options
Friday, April 19th, noon-1:00 p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email sabrina@cadvocates.org for more information.

Milpitas Discussion Group
Monday, April 22nd, noon-2:00 p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email ann@cadvocates.org for more information.

Past Child Advocates' Workshops

Substance Use Treatment Services, 12/11/18
Webinar Recording
PowerPoint- SUTS Overview
PowerPoint- Primer

Helping Children and Families Affected by Domestic Violence, 12/4/18
PowerPoint
Handouts

Katie A. Overview, 11/29/18
PowerPoint

How Public Health Nurses at DFCS Help Our Kids, 10/30/18
Webinar Recording 
PowerPoint
Handouts

Symantec Cyber Security Webinar: FAST - Fostering A Secure Tomorrow, 9/3/18
Webinar Recording

Connecting with Youth Using a Trauma-Informed Lens, 8/21/18
Webinar Recording 
PowerPoint

Can they do that? The Ins & Outs of Regulating Children's Placements, 7/25/18
Webinar Recording
PowerPoint

Understanding and Communicating with 0 to 5 Year Olds, 5/9/18
Webinar Recording
PowerPoint

CASA Best Practices, 3/22/18
Webinar Recording

Other Online Resources

All Children - All Families: Online Learning Offerings
Alliance for Children's Rights
California CASA Continuing Education
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC)
Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Clara County
Childhood Trauma-Changing Minds
Children's Health Council - Community Connections
Judge Edwards's Blog
Mandated Reporter Training
National CASA Podcast
National LGBT Health Education Center - A Program of the Fenway Institute
UC Davis Extension Center for Human Services
The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative 

Self-Directed Learning

Note: Please approach the works below with a critical eye -- we're not endorsing the views, theories, or approaches outlined in the hundreds of media options below. Rather, we are hoping you will review and evaluate them, taking the good and leaving behind what might be outdated, short-sighted, or inaccurate. 

CASAs receive 1 hour of credit for every 100 pages of a recommended book ( limit of up-to 3 hours) and hour-for-hour credit for movies/TV shows. Here are nearly 300 more options (pdf) if none of the ones below connect with you. Remember to list it on your Monthly Report to tell your supervisor when you've finished!

Self Directed Learning: Books and Movies

Books and Movies as resources