CASA Training

Upcoming Training Dates for New Volunteers

WINTER 2017 TRAINING:
• APPLICATIONS DUE: December 1, 2017
• INTERVIEWS/APPLICANT STAFFING: week of January 13, 2017
• PRE SERVICE TRAINING begins: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
CASA Oath: February 13, 2017 

SPRING 2017 TRAINING:
• APPLICATIONS DUE: March 2017
• INTERVIEWS/APPLICANT STAFFING: April 2017
• PRE SERVICE TRAINING begins: April 18, 2017
CASA Oath May 8, 2017

SUMMER 2017 TRAINING:
• APPLICATIONS DUE: June 2017
• INTERVIEWS/APPLICANT STAFFING: July 2017
• PRE SERVICE TRAINING begins: July 18, 2017
CASA Oath August 7, 2017

FALL 2017 TRAINING:
• APPLICATIONS DUE: September 2017
• INTERVIEWS/APPLICANT STAFFING: September 2017
• PRE SERVICE TRAINING begins: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
CASA Oath October 30, 2017

CASA Training Overview

Chapter 1
Introducing the CASA Volunteer Role

*Offers a broad view of the course agenda.
*Covers the role and responsibilities of the CASA volunteer.
*The activities in this chapter are designed to establish an environment that is conducive to participation and learning.

Chapter 2
Introducing the Law, the Child Protection System and the Courts

*Provides a historical review of child advocacy, the importance of confidentiality, information about how cases of abuse and neglect come to the attention of DFS (Department of Family Services) and a general overview of the juvenile court process.
*The activities of this chapter are designed to help the participants become more comfortable with the courtroom experience.

Chapter 3
Exploring Cultural Awareness

*Examines the dynamics of cultural differences.
*Participants examine values and how values determine how a culture meets and defines basic needs.
*Participants will identify their own values and relate those values to those of other cultures.
*Activities will give participants the opportunity to identify how language, class and culturally-bound values influence the recommendations they make concerning their CASA child.
*Participants are encouraged to gain competence working cross culturally, identifying ways to become more sensitive to cultural diversity.

Chapter 4
Understanding Families – Part 1

*Focuses the CASA volunteer on strengths and resources within families and discusses risk factors (including substance abuse, domestic violence and mental illness) which influence the ways a family copes with change, crisis and stress.
*Activities in this chapter help CASA volunteers recognize personal values and maintain objectivity regarding risks for a child.

Chapter 5
Understanding Families – Part 2

*Discusses the impact of parental substance abuse, poverty and domestic violence on children.
*Participants will separate myths from facts about poverty.
*This chapter will also focus on the bond children have with their families.
*Activities in this chapter will help the participant focus on the feelings and fears of the children for whom they will advocate.

Chapter 6
Understanding Children

*Analyzes a child’s needs, assesses age-appropriate behaviors, identifies behavioral signs of attachments and lack of attachments in children, recognizes typical reactions of children and their parents to separations and loss, examines a child’s need for a safe and permanent home, identifies warning signs which might require professional assessment and/or intervention.
*Activities will focus the participant on child development and on any issues which might require professional assessment and/or intervention.

Chapter 7
Communicating as a CASA Volunteer

*Names the basic elements of communication, recognizes the importance of observation in gathering information about children and identifies the elements of a successful child interview, reviews important skills for building rapport and trust with a child, applies a collaborative approach to dealing with conflict, identifies different styles of dealing with conflict and revisits the concept of confidentiality.

Chapter 8
Practicing the CASA Volunteer Role – Information Gathering

*Reviews the process used to appoint a CASA volunteer to a case, creates and implements a strategy to gather information about a case, identifies the components of a successful interview and names community resources that might be effective in addressing the needs of a child.

Chapter 9
Practicing the CASA Volunteer Role – Reporting and Monitoring

*Systematically organizes information pertinent to a case, synthesizes information to write an effective court report, utilizes all of the above to make appropriate recommendations about the needs of a child, identifies strategies for testifying and presenting information in court effectively, practices the steps required to monitor a case from the dispositional order until the child is in a safe, permanent home.
*Activities are designed to help the CASA create an effective court report and gain confidence in presenting information to the court.

Chapter 10
Pulling It All Together

*Identifies strategies for self-care, identifies safety tips for volunteers; reviews the role of the CASA program staff for volunteer supervision and support; reviews office procedures for case assignments, obtaining records, submitting court reports; revisits the need for an advocate for abuse and or/neglected children; wrap up.

What is a CASA Volunteer?

CASA Volunteers provide advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. The following information will help you learn more:

How Do I Become a CASA?

A CASA volunteer can make a profound and positive difference for abused children. The following information shows how you can get involved:

CASA Program Information

The Clark County CASA program celebrated 30 years of providing advocacy for children in Clark County in 2010. The program’s success is the result of planning and the help of many volunteers:

About Us

Nearly 3,500 abused and neglected children live in foster care in Clark County, Nevada because they cannot live safely at home. These children need powerful voices to speak for them. The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in Las Vegas is to provide that voice. Become a CASA.

 

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