Advocates in Training: At-Home Coursework

E-LEarning Courses

CASA College e-learning courses are self-paced and available on demand, making it easy for you to learn on your own schedule. This training is a total of 10 hours. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SAVE AND EXIT WHEN LEAVING THE TRAINING! There will be a test at the end of each section of the training on which you must make a 70% or above in order to continue to the next section. Once the course is complete and you have taken your final self-assessment you will receive a certificate of completion which you must print and bring to class.

CASA College

Presented by Texas CASA

The CASA College Learning Management System (LMS) is the new home for Texas CASA’s e-learning courses and other online training materials. It allows you to access trainings and resources online, when and where you need them, on any type of computer or mobile device.

The CASA College LMS includes the Online Core Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST), new e-learning materials we are developing, such as the Fierce Advocate Series, and an archive of past e-learning materials such as our monthly advocacy webinars. All these materials are available for continuing education or volunteer pre-service training. You can incorporate any of the courses or materials from the LMS into your program’s current trainings.

You can access the CASA College LMS by clicking here. From there, if you are a new user, you will need to sign up. This is a one-time process to set up your username and password. If you have already created an account in the system, you can continue your e-learning experience at any time, anywhere by logging in using your email address and password.


VIDEOS

You will be directed when to watch each of these videos during your training session. After watching the videos, please compose a brief paragraph (one for each topic) describing what you learned, including 3 specific takeaways you derived from each video. You will submit your notes to the Training Director. If you have questions regarding the at-home assignment, please contact Wanda Smith.

Jane Thompson lists the levels of parenting during a presentation.

Jane Thompson lists the levels of parenting during a presentation.

The Myth of Best Interest: Why Good Intentions are not Good Enough

Presented by Jane Malpass and Jane Thompson

This 2-hour presentation is based on the book of the same name and grows out of Jane & Jane’s combined 50+ years of child welfare experience, in both the social work and legal fields. Their careers joined in 1981 as social work and legal consultants to county departments of social services in North Carolina. As they each provided training to separate segments of the child welfare system, they quickly recognized the need for all the parties to work together toward a timely, appropriate permanent plan for each child in the system.

Collaborative Family Engagement: An Overview

Presented by Anna McDonnell and Candice Dosman

Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) is an integrated or embedded approach that establishes a true team between CASA and Child Protective Services (CPS) to work together to complete the steps of Family Finding. This CFE team will share the Family Finding work, and every success will be a cooperative achievement. This differs from the traditional implementation model where the work and results fall to one Family Finding specialist. Open communication and collaboration is encouraged amongst the CFE team, with an emphasis on utilizing the child’s CASA volunteer. This teaming approach models the need for and goal of establishing a community of support, or network, around the children and their families. CFE takes the “finding” of the family much further by ensuring an authentic commitment from CASA and CPS to truly and meaningfully engage with found connections. We understand the importance of welcoming their presence in the child’s life and their continued involvement in the planning and decision making.


READING

You will be directed when to read each of these topics during your training session. After reading each topic, please compose a brief paragraph (one for each topic) describing what you learned, including 3 specific takeaways you derived from each article/lesson. You will submit your notes to the Training Director. If you have questions regarding the at-home assignment, please contact Wanda Smith.

Methamphetamine Power Point

 


SIMULATIONS

The federal government’s Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-3) compared families with an annual income of under $15,000 to families with an annual income over $30,000. Their findings:

  • Abuse is 14 times more common in poor families.
  • Neglect is 44 times more common in poor families.

While there is much debate as to the reasons for this, the facts are not in dispute. In order to understand more about poverty, please do the following simulation. After completing the simulation please write 2 or 3 sentences on how it changed your view on those living in poverty. You will submit your notes to the Training Director. If you have questions regarding the at-home assignment, please contact Wanda Smith.

VISIT THE POVERTY SIMULATOR

 


REporting

Court Report

This is a fillable form. Please download and save to your computer. Use the Permanency Hearing notes provided in your training manual on pages 134 and 135 (or view here: NOTES FOR PERMANENCY HEARING 2017).

Time & Mileage Report

This is an Excel spreadsheet. Please download and save to your computer.


RESOURCES

ACRONYMS USED IN CPS CASES
ADVOCATE EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS

HOW TO ORDER ADVOCATE BUSINESS CARDS