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.
Saturday, April 29th from 11am-2p, The FDA, Psychiatry, Child Welfare, and You. CASA and Psychotropic Medications, Location TBD. Sign up here.
This three-hour continuing education opportunity will provide a best-practices overview of the FDA approval process for psychotropic medications, evidence-based psychopharmacology and recent updates to the CA court process for authorization of use of psychotropic medications for foster youth. The training's overarching objective is to promote effective collaboration between the CASA volunteer and the youth's mental health care team to achieve diagnosis, treatment and management of a youth's mental health condition(s). The training will include multiple real case examples interspersed throughout and participants also will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor.
This training will be led by Dr. George Fouras, a board-certified psychiatrist whose Bay Area practice is focused on children and youth involved in both the dependency and delinquency systems.
May 17th from 6-8pm Spring Support Group, Held at the SFCASA Office. Sign up here.
The CASA work can be inspiring, life changing, and often challenging. This group is an opportunity for advocates to share and learn from each other and get needed support. There will be an SFCASA staff present to help organize and facilitate discussion, but this evening will be led by advocates.
June 28th from 6-8pm Reproductive Health, Location TBD. 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.
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.