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

- Natalia Estassi

– Natalia Estassi

Click on this link to RSVP for a class.


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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