National CASA Podcasts
In this series of interviews we provide updates from National CASA, alert you to legislative action, and share experiences from program staff, volunteers and the youth we serve. In addition, you will gain important staff and volunteer skills to help you advocate for abused and neglected children.
Check out the current podcasts by clicking on the link(s) below:
National CASA Webinars
All Families, All Children
Develop a greater understanding of the strengths, challenges and value of LGBTQ adults, parents and families, what they can offer a CASA/GAL program, and how to better serve these children in your role as a CASA or GAL volunteer. Facilitated by Tracy Flynn of Tracy Flynn Consulting
Mitigating Implicit Bias and Disparity in the Juvenile Court System
Learn how the court, the data and the CASA/GAL program are working together to identify and mitigate bias and address disparity within their judicial district. This webinar provides positive, practical approaches for CASA/GAL programs and their judicial partners to collaboratively address disproportionality and disparate outcomes for foster youth.
Facilitators: Judge L. Trosch Louis A. Trosch, Jr., District Court Judge – 26thJudicial District, Charlotte, NC; Erin Chinn-Gary MSW, JD Family Court Administrator – 26thJudicial District; and Dana Frady, MSW, District Administrator, Guardian ad Litem District 26.
“Psychotropic Drugs 101: Psychedelic Shack…Is That Where It’s At?”
This webinar is recommended for staff and volunteers who work with children on prescription medication or would like to know more about medications commonly prescribed to children in foster care. It is a great way to fulfill annual continuing education hours. Hosted by Portland Oregon CASA Supervisor Stephen McCrea.
Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities: The Safe Babies Court Team Project
Lucy Hudson, director of the Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Teams Project, provides an overview of this Zero to Three initiative, which has engaged several CASA/GAL programs across the country. Download a PDF of the webinar (1.5 MB PDF).
Parents with LGBTQ Youth - Working Toward Healthy Futures
This webinar gives participants a better understanding of the connection between the behaviors of parents (caregivers) and the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth. Led by National CASA Training Director Anthony Petrarca.
The Gecko Project - Championing Resiliency in Your Organization
This webinar provides an overview of an organizational model for staff and volunteer resiliency that was recently piloted by five CASA programs. The project was conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin. The presenter provides concrete examples of what worked in a CASA program and tips on becoming a “resiliency champion” in your organization. Download the PDF of webinar slides. (2 MB PDF)
Bullying Prevention Webcast
Free, online bullying prevention training modules are now available on StopBullying.gov. The training modules offer a PowerPoint presentation for community events, speaker notes with suggested talking points, a Community Action Toolkit, and a video for use in bullying prevention efforts in communities.
Community Reach Center Educational Webinars
"Tips for Parents and Caregivers to Help Children Manage Crisis" - by Ari Hoffman, MS, LPC, School-Based Therapist
Child Development Courses - Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library - http://education.gale.com/l-broo48654/
Go to http://childtraumaacademy.com/ to complete a free course online.
Resources include: The Amazing Human Brain and Human Development, Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the impact
of Trauma, The Cost of Caring: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High Risk Children & Families and Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children.
Go to the link for the Online FAD training course from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, a part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, http://fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/educationTraining/courses/FASDTheCourse/index.cfm
Go to http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/ for free resources where you can download pod casts or print transcripts of the show & read. Resources include: A Mind of Their Own (Mental Health of Children), Logging On and Losing Out: Dealing Addiction to American's Kids, Rewiring the Brain, Wanted: Parents (Adopting Teens), Trauma and the Brain, The Forgotten 14 Million (Children Living in Poverty) & many more.
Go to the Peak Center website for educational advocacy podcasts, http://www.peakparent.org/workshopsTraining.asp
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library has free online courses from GALE Cengage Learning on many topics related to our CASA role. Some classes include Empowering Students with Disabilities, Enhancing Language Development in Childhood, Ready, Set, Read, Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies that Work and Understanding Adolescents. For a complete list of classes go to http:education.gale.com/l-broo48654/
Colorado Mandated Reporter Training - This online class is highly recommended and encouraged for all CASA Child Advocate Volunteers.
The mandated reporter training is available on the CDHS Child Welfare Training System at http://coloradocwts.com/mandated-reporter-training.