Current CASA 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 and The CASA Volunteer Handbook.

View our full Spring 2015 Training Schedule here.

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.

April 2015-Sessions are located at our offices at 2535 Mission Street, between 21st and 22nd.

Motivational Interviewing:  Monday, April 20,  6-8 pm

This training will focus on strengths-based techniques for working with youth and their families and providers. Jennifer Baity will facilitate the discussion around real scenarios in the CASA role, ultimately exploring how an advocate can best elicit their youth’s feelings, thoughts, desires, and motivations. By covering reflective listening and affirmative behavior, Jennifer Baity’s sincere and straightforwadr style of training will contribute much to this already dynamic session.

Avoiding Power Struggles with Youth: Wednesday April 29th, 6-8 pm

Natalia Estassi PsyD has extensive experience working with families, adults, and children, specifically focusing on foster youth for many years.  As advocates, it can be challenging to balance your role with your youth’s best interests.  This training will address best practices for working with a child or teen that may challenge you or other members of their team. It will also cover avoidance of power struggles to empower young people in their decision making.

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 Naomi@sfcasa.org.

Education of Youth in Out-Of-Home Care

  • Email Naomi@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 Naomi@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.

Point of Pride: The People’s View of Bayview/Hunter’s Point (30 minutes)

  • An examination of the history of the Bayview and Hunter’s Point neighborhoods.

Individual Reports

  • 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 Naomi@sfcasa.orgto get your credits.

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