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Continuing Education


Upcoming Inservice Opportunities:  Contact your County Advocate Supervisor for details.

Pursuant to National CASA Standards, CASA volunteers are recommended to acquire 12 hours of continuing education for each year of service they participate in the CASA Program.  Participating in ongoing training will maintain and improve the level of the CASA volunteer's knolwedge and skill and will keep them up to date on changes in law, local court procedure, the practices of other involved agencies including the local child welfare agency, CASA program policies, and developments in the fields of child development, child abuse, and child advocacy.

National CASA and DCFS are offering the on-line training opportunities described below for CASA volunteers to acquire continuing education hours from the convenience of their homes:

 

National CASA E-Learning for Continuing Education:

 

National CASA offers "E-Learning for Continuing Education."  The E-Learning website offers user-friendly, online training on specific issues important to the CASA volunteer.  The topics offered in these series will vary from time to time.  Each topic will have approximately 5 modules, each 30-40 minutes long.  The modules also provide helpful resource links and tools. 

 

National CASA On-Line Training – Weekly Podcasts:

 

National CASA is offering roll-out weekly “podcast” series available for listening and downloading at CASAnet.org.   A podcast is a recorded conversation, dialogue or speech that is put on a website.  Now CASA advocates can utilize this on-line training by listening to the podcasts on their computer from the comfort of home or by downloading the audio files onto an MP3 player and listening to it in the car, at the gym, etc.

 

Volunteers can listen to these broadcasts by going to www.casanet.org and clicking on “National CASA Podcast.”   

 

DCFS On-Line Training – Recognizing and Reporting Abuse:  “The Mandated Reporter’s Perspective”:

 

This free on-line training at www.dcfstraining.org takes about 60-90 minutes to complete and will print a certificate of completion for participates.

 

At the website, go to “Not an Illinois Child Welfare Professional?  CLICK HERE to view public content.”  Next, click on Mandated Reporter and follow the instructions.

 

When registering, please select “Other” under “Which Mandated Reporter Category best fits your role” . . . and type in GAL.