Volunteering

Training and Resources

Thank you for your interest in becoming a San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Winter training schedule: 02/11/2014 through 03/25/2014

Online Courses
Resource Library

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.

SFCASA  Winter 2014 Continuing Education Classes: Offered at the CASA Office at 2535 Mission Street

Monday, April 7th 6-8 pm: CASA Support Group

Click on this link to RSVP for a class.

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.

Online Continuing Education Opportunities

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.

National CASA Online Courses

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!

Check out these Resource Libraries that are available to CASA Volunteers!

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.

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Educational Advocacy Resources

Activity Resources

 

Articles and Useful Publications

For information about becoming an SFCASA volunteer, contact Bethany at 415.399.6133 or Bethany@sfcasa.org.

 

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