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.
July 24th from 3p-5:30p Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Training, Held at the Juvenile Justice Center, 375 Woodside Ave. Sign up here
As part of SFCASA juvenile justice booster training series we are pleased to offer the PREA training to all CASAs interested in serving delinquency youth. The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003, with the purpose to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003) PREA requires that any staff and volunteers who will be in contact with incarcerated youth must complete this training through the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department.
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.
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.