Training and Resources
The following classes are open to current CASA volunteers and trainees only. RSVP for Continuing Education classes here if you plan to attend. Remember that active CASAs are required to obtain 12 hours in continuing education each year.
Wednesday, October 23rd from 6:00-8:00 pm
Communicating with the Biological Families of Children in Foster Care
Nearly 750 000 children are currently in foster care in the United States. Recent trends in foster care include reliance on extended family members to care for children in kinship care placements, increased efforts to reduce the length of placement, acceleration of termination of parental rights proceedings, and emphasis on adoption. Research continues to support that children will succeed more if there is family involvement and that having some type of relationship with their biological parents, even if there was abuse, is better for the child than having no relationship at all. This can be confusing for youth and their caregivers and providers. We will explore these feelings and help our youth to best understand what has happened to them and how it’s not their fault. As providers, we will also learn how to develop empathetic, respectful, and engaging relationships with family members to best support the youth and their overall success.
Continuing Education Opportunities Offered by Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
Please click here to view the events organized by Support for Families in the month of October. Be sure to email Bethany at Bethany@sfcasa.org to let her know if you attend one so that you may receive credit toward your continuing education requirement.
Knowing Who You Are
A three hour online interactive course that explores racial and ethnic identity. Launch the course: http://www.casey.org/Resources/Initiatives/KnowingWhoYouAre/elearning.htm, you will need to register as an individual and upon completing the session, email Bethany@sfcasa.org your certificate of completion and any feedback you have about this course.
Two online courses are available: Education and Youth in Out-of-Home Care and Aging Out: Supporting Youth Transitions into Adulthood. To take either of these courses email Bethany@sfcasa.org your first and last name, email address, and the name of the course you want to take. You will receive an email with your sign in information and a link to the e-learning website.
Inside the Teenage Brain (60 minutes) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/.
A video and interactive webpage. Frontline chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do.
Adolescent Brain Development (60 minutes) http://uwcita.org/CITAv1008/ondemand.html
Video in which Dr. Fran Lexcen, forensic examiner at the University of Washington’s Child Study and Treatment Center, shares research on adolescent brain development. This presentation was part of a larger exploration of issues affecting youth advocates sponsored by the UW School of Law’s Court Improvement Training Academy.
CBS Video on Homeless Youth (40 minute)http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD55108764/2020-128-homeless-youthv
Meet four teens slipping through the cracks.
National CASA Podcasts http://podcast.casaforchildren.org/
Several podcasts of varying lengths on topics such as autism, bullying, grief and loss, and psychotropic medication:
The Impact of Domestic Violence on Youth (52 Minutes) http://www.uwtv.org/video/player.aspx?dwrid=29215
Tracee Parker of the Safe Havens Visitation Center explores the impact of domestic violence on youth and, in particular, how those issues might be addressed in the context of a visitation center. This presentation was part of a larger exploration of issues affecting youth advocates sponsored by the UW School of Law’s Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA), in partnership with the Washington Defender Association.
This Emotional Life http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/topics
PBS has compiled articles and videos on 24 topics ranging from addiction, attachment, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, forgiveness and stress, among others. To get credit for a topic, read all the articles and watch the videos in that category, one hour credit for each category.
Beyond the Headlines (23 minutes)http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/lifestyle_community/community&id=8279494
ABC Video of coverage on Foster Care
Teenage Brain, Alcohol and Risky Behavior (40 minutes) http://www.schooltube.com/video/3973117443de906a2d62/Teenage-Brain-Alcohol-Risky-Behavior
Multimedia presentation using current research to describe key features of adolescent brain development, the impact of alcohol on brain development, risks of teen alcohol use and steps families can take to reduce the risk.
Volunteers-please contact your case supervisor to let them know that you attended the class so that you can get credit for your required continuing education hours!
Volunteers can also earn continuing education credits by reporting on the books, movies, documentaries, television programs and other presentations that you go to for continuing education relating to your role as a CASA volunteer. Please mention these activites in your monthly contact sheet. For a list of useful resource books, go to the SFCASA library.
Check out the National CASA Online Resource library for a list of links to resources, articles, publications and website-to help you with your work as a CASA.
- Volunteer Monthly Contact Sheet
- Philanthropic Ventures Grant Request Instructions
- City Youth Now Grant Request Form
- List of Free Museum Days in San Francisco
- Community Access Ticket Services.(CATS). Active volunteers are eligible for free passes to museums, sports and arts events to be used for outings with client youth. Contact your case supervisor to be added to the list.
- Call your case supervisor or the SFCASA Intern at 415.399.6122 for a list of coupons and passes that are available for checkout by current volunteers. Call to check on the availability of passes or discount coupons to: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Zeum, California Academy of Sciences, The Legion of Honor, The De Young, Angel Island, The San Francisco Zoo, The Museum of Children’s Art, Strike Bowling and Arcade
Articles and Useful Publications
- Back to School Tips for Students with Disabilities By Matt Cohen
- K.I.D.S. Newsletter, Keeping Information, Data and Services Accessible to all the Families we Serve. A publication from the City and County of San Francisco Family and Children’s Services. Information on Education, Childcare and other Family and Children’s Services.
- Myths and Facts about Behavioral Health, Health Tips for Teens. Great resources from The Adolescent Health Working Group www.ahwg.net
- Guardian Scholars Academy-CCSF a program designed to prepare students for a smooth transition from high school to college. The program provides free tuition, books and supplies. Students can gain high school and college credit as well as valuable tools for success.
For information about becoming an SFCASA volunteer, contact Bethany at 415.399.6133 or Bethany@sfcasa.org.