Training & Continuing Education

ADVOCACY ACADEMY

Held four times a year, CASA’s Advocacy Academy is a 30-hour Training Course designed to prepare future CASA volunteers for the unique challenges and rewards of child advocacy work. In order to be assigned to a case as a child advocate for CASA, volunteers must complete the Advocacy Academy Training Course and be sworn-in by a Denton County Judge.

Training is conducted over a four-week period, consisting of 30 hours including in-class, court observation, and self-study. CASA offers both daytime and evening sessions. Participants in the Academy learn about advocating for abused and neglected children through the curriculum developed by the National CASA Association, with local CASA staff and Advocates adding their perspectives and experiences.

After training is completed, a volunteer advocate will be offered his/her first case. Every advocate is paired with a CASA staff member, or Casework Supervisor, who provides continued, one-on-one guidance and support throughout the case.

2018 training sessions

Get started now to be ready for February CASA training!

WINTER 2018 DAYTIME TRAINING:

Friday, February 2, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Monday, February 5, 9:00 am — Noon

Thursday, February 8, 9:00 am — Noon

Monday, February 12, 9:00 am — Noon

Thursday, February 15, 9:00 am — Noon

*Tuesday, February 20, 9:00 am — Noon (Change due to President’s Day holiday)

Thursday, February 22, 9:00 am — Noon

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY

The Winter 2018 Swearing-In Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 4:45 pm at the Denton County Courts Building located on 1450 E. McKinney Street, Denton, TX. Family and friends are welcome to witness the Swearing-In Ceremony.

SUMMER 2018 EVENING TRAINING:

Friday, June 1, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Monday, June 4, 6:00-9:00 pm

Thursday, June 7, 6:00-9:00 pm

Monday, June 11, 6:00-9:00 pm

Thursday, June 14, 6:00-9:00 pm

Monday, June 18, 6:00-9:00 pm

Thursday, June 21, 6:00-9:00 pm

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY

The Summer 2018 Swearing-In Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm at the Denton County Courts Building located on 1450 E. McKinney Street, Denton, TX. Family and friends are welcome to witness the Swearing-In Ceremony.

Think you have what it takes to become a CASA Advocate? We are currently accepting CASA Volunteer Applications.

To apply to be CASA Advocate, view our page on Becoming a CASA for requirements, an application and a step-by-step guide.

Questions? Please email Debbie Jensen, Training and Recruitment Coordinator or call 940.243.2272 ext. 103.

Continuing education requirements

CASA of Denton County requires advocates to complete a minimum of 12 hours of in-service (CEUs) per calendar year. Opportunities will be communicated throughout the year via email and CASA Clippings. Advocates have access to our CASA library of materials as well as online webinars and regularly scheduled workshops. For questions regarding in-service options and hours email Debbie Jensen, Training and Recruitment Coordinator, or call 940.243.2272 ext. 103.

2018 Lunch and Learn:

CASA will host monthly Lunch & Learn continuing education opportunities on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon at the CASA office.

All current active Advocates will receive emails inviting them to each Lunch and Learn with a link to register.