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The Training Spot: March 2022

Julie BrownSpring Training Kicks Off WITH NEW CLASSES

Our training calendar for March is off to a strong start with two sessions on the Texas Tuition and Fee Waiver program and the Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV). If you were unable to attend and you advocate for a youth fifteen or older, reach out to me at julie@CASASpeaks4Kids.com for the presentation material.

We’re continuing to offer Anatomy of a Home Visit: For Potential Monitored Return or Preliminary Home Studies. Victoria Warmuth’s presentation is guaranteed to evoke at least one “Aha!” moment. The next session is March 21 at 5:30 p.m. For more details, click here.

Our next New Advocate class starts training on March 22 at 9 a.m. The group will meet each Tuesday for three weeks to navigate the curriculum together, combined with their independent reading and homework. We look forward to having them ready to take their first case by mid-April.

We’re launching a learning series on How to Prepare for Trial, based on feedback from you! This two-part class will arm Advocates with valuable and practical insight to better prepare for a trial. The first set of classes begins March 30 with Rob Johnson, our volunteer lawyer, and the series will be repeated in April. For more information, click here.

What is TBRI Coaching? with Jennifer Reitmeyer will have an evening session April 13 at 5:30 p.m. The sign-up link will be available in early April.

Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare will offer an in-person session of Youth Mental Health First Aid at the CASA office April 19 at noon. This four-hour class will also include two hours of independent pre-work. Another session will be offered mid-May. Registration for the in-person class will be available soon. A virtual option is available March 16 and April 12. March 12 registration is available here  and April 12 registration is available here.

Another topic you’ve asked for is training around the Kinship Caseworker and Road to Adoption. Leslie Bloom from DFPS will share the roles and responsibilities of the kinship caseworker, as well as the many steps and milestones on the adoption journey. Several in-person sessions will be offered at the CASA office in April and May.

In addition to programs at CASA of Montgomery County, we encourage you to explore additional training opportunities sponsored by partners.

On Tuesday, April 5, the Harris County Child Abuse Task Force presents Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma: How a parent’s own trauma impacts their children’s healing. This four-hour virtual training will define and explore intergenerational trauma, how it impacts the brain and attachment, and the relational component of healing trauma. To register, click here.

Texas CASA offers the CFE Lunch & Learn program.

As we look ahead to May, CASA of Montgomery County will offer additional opportunities to learn about Human Trafficking, Minimum Expectations for Advocates, and How to Prepare for Mediation.

The training schedule is available on our Events calendar It is updated monthly.

Julie Brown

Training and Teen Program Manager


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