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.
June 28th from 6-8pm Reproductive Health, Held at the Judicial Council, 455 Golden Gate Ave. Sign up here.
Shivaun Nestor from the San Francisco Department of Public Health will lead this continuing education. The training will begin with an overview of reproductive health care needs followed by common concerns of youth in care including, birth control, STIs, and LGBTQIA issues. The CASA will be given information on how best to advocate for youth to receive appropriate reproductive health care while in dependency, including how to access outside resources that can provide additional education and support to young people.
July 6th from 6-8pm Summer Support Group, Held at the SFCASA Office, 2535 Mission Street. Sign up here
This group is an opportunity for advocates to share and learn from each other and get needed support around the educational needs on their case. SFCASA staff will be present to answer any questions, but the evening will be led by advocates. All CASAs are welcome! We will provide food.
July 19th from 6-9pm Delinquency Law, Processes, and CASA Practice, Held at the Judicial Council, 455 Golden Gate Ave. Sign up here
For those CASAs interested in the Juvenile Justice Booster training, this is a mandatory class to prepare you to work with a juvenile justice involved youth. All other CASAs are welcome to attend for continuing education credit.
This training will give the CASA a basic understanding of how a case is processed through the juvenile justice system, from initial detention through placement and supervision. It will give clear distinctions between the juvenile justice court process and the child welfare court process, and describe the role of the Court Appointed Special Advocate in a juvenile justice case, and how it may differ from that of a CASA volunteer in a child welfare case. Lastly, it will identify and describe the roles of the various stakeholders in a juvenile justice case, and how a CASA might best fit into this system.
Nicole Giacinti will lead this training. Nicole is an attorney with the Center for Families, Children, and the Courts. Nicole works on policy issues related to juvenile law, including the creation of rules and forms for sue in dependency and delinquency courts across the state. Previously, Nicole worked in a private practice in San Francisco where she focused on dependency and deliquency, as well as criminal matters. During that time, Nicole served as the co-chair of the San Francisco Dependency Panel where she acted as the liaison between the panel, the Department of Human Services, and the court. Nicole is a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS).
August 23rd from 6-8pm Integrating Coaching Practices into the CASA Role, TBD. Sign up here
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.