Training and Resources
The following classes are open to current advocates and trainees only. RSVP for Continuing Education classes here if you plan to attend.
CASAs are required to obtain 12 hours in continuing education each year.
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.
National CASA Podcasts http://podcast.casaforchildren.org/
Several podcasts of varying lengths on topics such as autism, bullying, grief and loss, and psychotropic medication:
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.
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.
Bayview/Hunter’s Point Documentary: (30 mins) Learn more about the rich history of this neighborhood. Point of Pride: The People’s View of Bayview/Hunter’s Point – http://www.bavc.org/point-of-pride
Advocates 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 contact Bethany@sfcasa.org so that you can get credit for your hours!
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.
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 Advocate, contact Bethany at 415.398-8001 x101 or Bethany@sfcasa.org.