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In-Service/Continuing Education Training

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New CASA Volunteers - late fall 2021

CASA volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of in-service/continuing education each year.  The 12-hour requirement is pro-rated for new volunteers depending on when they are sworn-in (e.g. you complete new CASA volunteer training and are sworn-in on March 15th, with 9 months remaining in the year. You would be required to complete 9 hours of in-service continuing education that year.) If you have any questions about the number of hours you have earned or the number of hours you need to comply, please contact your Volunteer Coordinator or the CASA office. Below are links to a variety of trainings - some hosted by other CASA programs and some hosted by other community organizations. Please follow the directions given to attend or register for those trainings. There is also a list of options to pursue on your own for in-service credit (books, videos etc.). National CASA has placed a limit of 4 hours (out of the 12 required) that can be earned from reading books or articles. Please fill out the Learning Summary that is available below once you complete a continuing education training or video/book and return it to your Volunteer Coordinator for credit.  CASA for Lancaster County will offer a minimum of 12 hours of in-service/continuing education trainings each year.  When you attend any of those trainings, attendance will be recorded so you will not need to report those trainings to your Volunteer Coordinator.  Completion of 12 hours of In-Service/Continuing Education training is required  by the National CASA Association.

In-Service/Continuing Education Trainings

  • Fill this out and return to your Volunteer Coordinator for any trainings NOT sponsored or facilitated by CASA for Lancaster County

  • This is a list of books, videos and podcasts that you can read, view or listen to in order to earn in-service training credit. We will update this list periodically so check it throughout the year.

  • This is a PDF document listing books and videos that are suitable for In-Service/Continuing Education credit. There are links embedded in the document so that you can access the book or video. Remember to fill out a Learning Summary sheet if you view or read anything from this list!

  • These free trainings explore different types of therapy for young children. Register through the website at the bottom of the flyer.

  • Updates on Psychotropic Medications in Children for DCBS
    This training recording explains drug categories for psychotropic drugs. The training explores the reasons for prescribing and 'De-prescribing' psychotropic medications in foster care. It discusses scenarios when foster parents should advocate for their youth in their home on being prescribed too many medications and when to advocate for reduction. The training describes informed consent and how this pertains to psychotropic medication.

    This is a taped webinar and can be viewed at any time.

  • All Children - All Families, a program of the Human Rights Campaign, just release a calendar of their new webinar series. All Children - All Families promotes LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and affirming practices among child welfare agencies and formally recognizes those agencies that are leading the field with innovative approaches to inclusion. Registration links are provided on the pdf that you can download.

  • Here is a link to a YouTube playlist from Understood, a social impact and non-profit organization dedicated to helping those learn and think differently thrive. These short videos particularly focus on IEP general concepts, IEP tips for parents and more. Remember to fill out a Learning Summary to get in-service credit. You can use one form if watching more than one of these videos - no need for separate forms.

  • The Empowered CASA - Mindset Training

    This on-demand mindset course was created specifically for CASA programs. Volunteers can begin it at any time and complete as many of the 8 modules as you like. Volunteers receive a monthly email giving them information about the date and time of a monthly coaching session. To receive continuing education credit, make sure you fill out a Learning Summary sheet for the modules you complete or the coaching sessions you attend and email it to your Volunteer Coordinator. If you are not receiving a monthly email for this course, please notify the CASA office.

  • CASA for Douglas County was kind enough to share a list of antiracism resources. These are books and podcasts. All are eligible for in-service/continuing education credit.

  • This is a recording of a webinar hosted by Nebraska CASA. You are invited to watch this one hour recording of Ages and Stages That Impact Rapport Building by Lauren Geier, LPC-S. The Objectives to this training are:1. Review typical child development markers. 2. Review the role rapport building plays in advocacy. 3. Deviations from developmental expectations often seen with children involved in the child welfare arena. 4. Develop new strategies for rapport building with consideration of special circumstances.

In-Service Trainings offered by CASA for Douglas County

Community Resource Panel, May 18, 2022, 5:30-6:30 pm. Featuring Youth Emergency Services (YES), inCOMMON, and Community Alliance.
Register Here

Best Practices for Supporting Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, June 1, 2022, 5:30-6:30 pm. Presented by Michaela Ahrens, Sr. Director of Programs, Autism Action Partnership.
Register Here

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Connecting Principles 2, June 22, 2022, 5-7 pm. Presented by Katelyn Wilee, Advocate Supervisor, CASA for Douglas County.
Register Here

Talk Saves Lives, July 6, 2022, 5:30-6:30 pm. Presented by Bridget Battafarano, Education Specialist, Community Alliance.
Register Here

Beyond Talk: Raising Sexually Healthy Young People - Resources and Conversation Tips for Foster Families. August 3, 2022, 5:30-6:30 PM. Presented by Lisa Schulze, Education and Training Manager - Women's Fund of Omaha. Register Here

Community Resource Panel - August 24, 2022 5:30-6:30 PM. Featuring Partnership 4 Hope/Youth Mart, AIM Institute, and The Collective of Hope. Register Here

 

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The Tale of the CASA Volunteer


Our Impact In 2021

  • Children Served

    300

  • Number of Volunteers Assigned

    123

  • Number of Children Achieving Permanency

    85

  • Number of New Volunteer Advocates

    39

  • Number of New Children to the Program

    110

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