You'll need a total of 12 hours of continuing education each year. 4 of those hours will be through SFCASA.
All CASAs must obtain 12 hours of additional continuing education each year. All classes take place at our offices in San Francisco, located at 2535 Mission Street, unless otherwise specified. Please note that you will have to climb a set of stairs to get to our office.
To sign up for one of the continuing education courses below, simply click on the blue "Sign up here" link for the course you wish to attend. You'll be prompted to fill out an email confirming your attendance.
August 23rd from 6-8pm Integrating Coaching Practices into the CASA Role, Held at TBD. Sign up here
We are excited to be hosting a continuing education on the practice of coaching. Coaching is a technique that has recently been adopted by many social service agencies in San Francisco, including the Human Services Agency (HSA). SFCASA is lucky enough to have our very own CASA that is an experience and certified coach, Allison Roeser. Allison has her masters of public health from John Hopkins University and coaching credentials from the Academy for Coaching Excellence and the International Coach Federation.
As a CASA, you are called to sit with a youth in some of the most challenging times, and assistant them in navigating through their life. It can be challenging to know how to do this is a way that respects where youth are at, and encourages them to be in the driver’s seat of their own decision making. Coaching is a technique that promotes attentive listing, creates space for someone to process their decisions, and allows for youth to look at their situation in new ways. This training will give you an overview of the fundamental practices of coaching and concrete techniques that can be used in your everyday work with youth, including time for real life scenarios and practice. This training is for all CASAs!
September 12th from 6-8pm Foster Youth Services (FYS) 101, Held at 455 Golden Gate Ave, 3rd Floor. Sign up here
Shira Andron from San Francisco Unified School District’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program will lead this continuing education. This training is ideal for all advocates working with a youth in K-12 or preparing to enter elementary school and builds on the SFCASA Core Education training. During this training, we will look at the laws that support foster youth on their educational journey and explore case examples utilizing these laws. We will additionally explore the resources offered and role of Foster Youth Services Coordinating Programs to increase positive educational outcomes.
September 18th from 6-8pm Continuum of Care Reform, Held at 455 Golden Gate Ave, 3rd Floor. Sign up here
In 2015, California signed into legislation reforms for placement and treatment options for youth in foster care that focus on increased permanency. Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) (AKA AB 403) provides the policy framework to ensure services and supports provided to youth and his or her family are tailored toward the ultimate goal of maintaining a stable permanent family. These measures are built on years of research, and are designed to improve outcomes for youth in foster care. The reforms created by CCR have already had significant impacts on the youth and families that SFCASA serves, and will continue to do so over the months and years to come. This training serves to outline CCR, discuss the impacts that it has on youth, in particular on placements throughout California, and examine the role that a CASA can play in advocating for increased permanency. Aprille Flint, MSW will lead this training on Continuum of Care Reform. Aprille is a social worker with over twenty years of service to diverse children, youth and families, including supporting the implementation of CCR at the local and state level.
.October 3rd from 6-8pm Preparing Youth for Post-Secondary Education, TBD. Sign up here
CASAs can play a significant role in relieving some of that anxiety by providing tangible support and connecting youth to vital resources. This training will explore the options for education after high school, how to assist the youth in investigating these options, what steps need to be taken, and connecting with important community partners. This training is appropriate for all advocates. SFCASA's Education Advocacy Specialist, Brittni Tanenbaum, will lead this training.
Volunteers can also earn continuing education credits by reporting on books, movies, documentaries, television programs, and other presentations related to their continuing education. Contact our Recruitment and Training specialist to get your credits.