Current CASA Training and Education

If you’re viewing this page, we’d like to thank you for your interest in becoming a San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate. If you’re looking for more information about what CASAs do or starting the application process to become a volunteer, please visit our Information Guide.

Below you will find educational resources open for current advocates and official volunteer trainees only. CASAs must obtain 12 hours of additional continuing education each year.

All continuing education classes take place at CASA’s offices in San Francisco, located at 2535 Mission Street, between 21st and 22nd unless otherwise specified or online. Parking is available nearby. Please note that you will have to climb a set of stairs to get to our office.

Continuing Education Classes

SFCASA will offer the following youth advocate education courses over the next few months.

January, 2015

CASA Support Group: Tuesday January 6th 2015, 6-8pm

  • Come and receive support around your casework from your peers and SFCASA Staff

Intro to the Health Needs of Youth and Children in Foster Care: Saturday January 10th 2015, 10am-12pm

Children’s Advocacy Center, Center for Youth Wellness
3450 3rd Street (between Evans Ave and Cesar Chavez St.)
Building 2, Suite 201

  • Join San Francisco HSA and DPH Staff Members Michelle Barbary and Anne Trevino for a look into the health needs of children and youth in foster care. This session will go over health care policies at all levels of government, common diagnoses seen in foster children, and community resources and problem solving for a youth’s health needs.

February, 2015

Foundations of Educational Advocacy: Wednesday February 11th 2015, 6-8pm
Located at our offices at 2535 Mission Street, between 20th and 21st

  • Learn about the unique barriers youth and foster care often face in their education. This training will focus on exploring and understanding challenges to education, reviewing services and legislation, and supporting youth in care with their educational needs.

March, 2015

The Educational Representative Role, Holding Educational Rights: Wednesday March 11th 2015, 6-8pm
Located at our offices at 2535 Mission Street, between 20th and 21st

  • CASAs may be presented with the opportunity to assist with the educational rights of their youth. Learn what this role entails and how you can be most effective as an Educational Representative. We will discuss the rights and responsibilities of this role, consider the rights of youth in care, the responsibilities of the school district, and the ways CASAs can do their best work within this role.

Effectively Working with Providers in the System: Wednesday March 25th 2015, 6-8pm

  • CASAs often collaborate with a foster youth’s team and members of the community. This training will address best practices for working cohesively on a youth’s team, making sure the youth’s voice is heard and that his or her best interests are the focus of discussion.

Online Continuing Education Classes

These courses will be held online. You can access them at any point throughout the year.

Knowing Who You Are (3 hours)

  • An online education interactive course that explores racial and ethical identity. You can launch the course using the link above. Register as an individual and send your certificate of completion to Naomi@sfcasa.org.

Education of Youth in Out-Of-Home Care

  • Email Naomi@sfcasa.org with your first and last name and the title of this course. You’ll receive an email back with sign in information and a link to the National CASA Website where the course is held.

Aging Out: Supporting Youth Transitions into Adulthood

  • Email Naomi@sfcasa.org with your first and last name the title of this course. You’ll receive an email back with sign in information and a link to the National CASA Website where the course is held.

Inside The Teenage Brain (1 hour)

  • Frontline chronicles how scientists are exploring the brain and finding some new explanations for youth and adolescent behavior.

National CASA Podcasts (15-30 minutes each)

  • Several educational podcasts addressing topics such as autism, bullying, grief and loss, and psychotropic medication.

This Emotional Life (1 hour each)

  • PBS has compiled educational resources on topics ranging from youth experiences of addiction, attachment, forgiveness, stress, and others. One credit per category when you read all the articles and watch the videos on a topic.

Teenage Brain, Alcohol, and Risky Behavior(40 minutes)

  • Exploring current research describing key features of youth and adolescent brain development, the impact of alcohol, the risks of youth alcohol use, and how families can reduce risky behavior.

Point of Pride: The People’s View of Bayview/Hunter’s Point (30 minutes)

  • An examination of the history of the Bayview and Hunter’s Point neighborhoods.

Individual Reports

  • Volunteer advocates can earn continuing education credits by reporting on books, movies, documentaries, television programs, and other presentations related to continuing education as a CASA volunteer. Contact Naomi@sfcasa.orgto get your credits.

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