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The Training Spot: May 2022

CASA continues to offer new classes in May

May is shaping up to be an active month with several in-service learning opportunities!

We have the pleasure of hosting Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare at our CASA office for an in-person Youth Mental Health First Aid training on May 11th at noon. This is a unique chance for our Advocates and staff to engage with each other in this hands-on group training. This is a four-and-a-half-hour class, requiring two additional hours of independent pre-work, and qualifies for a three-year certification upon completion. For more details and to reserve your spot, click here.

Leslie Bloom from the Department of Family and Protective Services launched our Kinship Caseworker and Road to Adoption training with two sessions offered in April. The next class is May 24th. Leslie will share the roles and responsibilities of the Kinship Caseworker along with milestones and resources available during the adoption journey. For more information, click here.

Our next New Advocate class just kicked off their training on Tuesday, May 3rd. 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 at the end of the month.

Several of our Advocates recently toured the Yes to Youth (BridgeWay Shelter) 90-day emergency shelter and found the experience valuable. An additional tour has been added to the calendar for May 12th. To register for a tour,  click here.

The Preparation for Trial training we started in March has received really positive feedback! After each session, we’ve tweaked the material to be more relevant to what Advocates are experiencing and want to learn. We have one more session scheduled for May 12th. To register, click here.

We’re continuing the “How to Be Prepared” series by hosting Kimberly Barahona from the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) to teach us How to Prepare for Mediation with sessions on May 19th, May 24th, and June 15th. For more information, click here.

The Landing is joining us in May and June to present Sex Trafficking 101 training. We’ll learn how to identify common risk factors that play into child sex trafficking as well as warning signs. See full details and dates here.

Our TBRI coaching opportunities continue to increase with TBRI Manager, Jennifer Reitmeyer, leading the team and talking to several local groups. She is providing training and refreshers to our community partner, Angel Reach, in May. If you aren’t familiar with Angel Reach yet or the services it offers to youth ages sixteen to twenty-four, please join us for a tour of its facilities on May 18th and June 1st. For more information, click here.

Keep an eye on the calendar for new classes to review Minimum Expectations for Advocates and tap into your inner child with Intro to Child Yoga!

In addition to programs at CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, we encourage you to explore training opportunities sponsored by partners. Texas CASA offers the CFE Lunch & Learn program. The next virtual meeting is May 24th. The CFE Book Club is hosting its next session on May 5th.

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

Julie Brown

Training and Teen Program Manager


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