Training & Continuing Education

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.

2017 Lunch and Learn:

CASA will host monthly Lunch & Learn continuing education opportunities on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm at the CASA office.

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

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 and self-study. CASA offers both daytime and evening sessions. Participants in the Academy learn about advocating for abused and neglected children from CASA staff, judges, therapists, child protective services workers, foster parents, and others in the community with whom CASA works regularly.

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.

2017 training sessions

Winter daytime TRAINING

Friday, January 20th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Full Day)
Tuesday, January 24th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, January 26th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, January 31st, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, February 2nd, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, February 7th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, February 9th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, February 14th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, February 16th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Swearing-In Ceremony: Tuesday, February 28th at 4:45 PM

spring evening training

Friday, April 7th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Full Day)
Tuesday, April 11th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, April 13th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday, April 18th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, April 20th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday, April 25th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, April 27th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Swearing-In Ceremony: Tuesday, May 9th at 4:45 PM

summer daytime training

Friday, July 7th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Full Day)
Tuesday, July 11th, 9:00 AM – NOON
Thursday, July 13th, 9:00 AM – NOON
Tuesday, July 18th, 9:00 AM – NOON
Thursday, July 20th, 9:00 AM – NOON
Tuesday, July 25th, 9:00 AM – NOON
Thursday, July 27th, 9:00 AM – NOON

Swearing-In Ceremony: Tuesday, August 8th at 4:45 PM

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.