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.
CASA Support Group: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6-8pm
- Come and receive support around your casework from your peers and SFCASA Staff
- We will be offering several new and exciting education courses in the New Year. Check back after January 1st for more information.
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 Erika@sfcasa.org.
Education of Youth in Out-Of-Home Care
- Email Erika@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 Erika@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.
- An examination of the history of the Bayview and Hunter’s Point neighborhoods.
- 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 Erika@sfcasa.org to get your credits.