Training and Resources

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

Online Courses

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.

Continuing Education Classes:  SFCASA Office at 2535 Mission Street


CPR Training
Saturday 9/13/14, 9AM-12PM, led by Megan Shanahan
Results in certification by the American Heart Association! (LIMITED to 10 people.)

The Impact of Multiple Placements on Youth in Foster Care
Monday 9/22/2014, 6-8PM, led by Anquenette Robinson
Multiple foster and group home placements negatively impact the ability of foster youth to succeed in out-of-home care and make the transition to independent living. Review current foster youth placement issues: the impact of past trauma on their success and the foundations for attachment and permanence including resolving family loyalty, processing loss, building self-esteem, addressing behavior issues, and improving self-determination. Also review best practices for working effectively with foster youth in placement.


Holidays and Youth in Foster Care
Wednesday 10/8/14, 6-8PM, led by Rocio Rodriquez
Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and fun for everyone, especially for youth. They can also be a reminder of past pain and loss. As families gather to celebrate, youth in care may become upset when their experiences don’t match society’s expectations. Explore techniques that may help youth deal with the grief, loss, and stress they experience during supposedly happy times.

First Aid Training
Saturday 10/11/14, 1-4PM, led by Megan Shanahan
Results in certification by the American Heart Association! (LIMITED to 10 people.)


Grief, Loss, Separation, & Bonding Trauma
Tuesday 11/18/14, 6-8PM, led by Rocio Rodriquez
Examine the grief and loss process as it affects children in out-of-home placement as a result of separation from caregivers and deprivation of care. Discuss overt and covert factors that influence a child’s reaction and their perception of the losses. Explore helpful intervention strategies and support that contribute to healthy processing of the accumulated losses. Expand your awareness of children’s journey through out-of-home placement interaction.


CASA Support Group
Thursday 12/11/14, 6-8PM, led by SFCASA Staff
Come and receive support around your casework from your peers and SFCASA Staff

Click on this link to RSVP for a class.

Instructor Bios:

Rocio Rodriquez, MFT, is a Licensed Bi-lingual Marriage and Family Therapist. Her therapeutic work focuses on helping families retain their cultural identity while establishing a proactive relationship and successfully navigating between cultural systems while participating in therapy. Rocio has trained Spanish-speaking and English-speaking groups in the following areas: substance abuse and recovery, court mandated dual-diagnosis treatment, psychiatric outpatient services, individual and family therapy, and early childhood development. Rocio is in private practice in San Francisco and San Mateo County.

Anquenette Robinson provides life skills training and consultation for personal and professional development. She has expertise in working with juvenile/adult involved in/out of the criminal justice system, transition age adolescent, gang intervention and prevention services, youth/adults struggling with substance abuse, anger management, domestic violence and related issues.

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.

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 Pointhttp://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.


Educational Advocacy Resources


Articles and Useful Publications

For information about becoming an SFCASA Advocate, contact Bethany at 415.398-8001 x101 or Bethany@sfcasa.org.


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