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The Illinois Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates believes strongly in the continuing education of both program staff and volunteers. Illinois CASA strives to deliver a monthly ongoing training program that helps to build and maintain a strong and consistent staff and volunteer base. 

Upon completion of any of the in-service training opportunities on the CASA website, document your experience by completing the Illinois CASA In-Service Training Completion Form. You will automatically receive a copy of your responses, which you may forward to your Local Program for its in-service training records. Completing the form acts as your completion certificate.

We urge the local CASA program staff and volunteers to examine our Training Calendar and sign up early.  Any questions or comments regarding the training can be directed to Libby Moeller, Program Development Associate, libby@illinoiscasa.org

The Illinois Risk and Reach Report

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

The Illinois Risk and Reach Report provides county-by-county data on the well-being of young children in the areas of Family Stability, Health, and Early Care and Education. A catalyst for transformative change that advances greater equity for Illinois children and prompts a more effective distribution of state resources, this report can inform policy and program funding decisions made by governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who can more precisely address needs.

Presenter: Dr. Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Senior Policy Advisor, Erikson Institute and State Senator for Illinois’ 20th District.

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Northern Region

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
10:00 am3:00 pm

Presenters: Wendy Kovacs, Anne Gamache
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Course Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally, and give reassurance to a youth (ages 6-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Course Objectives: The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: ● Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the First Aider. ● Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. ● Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations. ● Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible!

Back to School Basics for Successful Outcomes

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

The beginning of the school year can be very overwhelming for children who have experienced trauma. In this webinar, CASA volunteers will take away tips and strategies to support their CASA child in starting the school year off strong.

Being The Best CASA You Can Be, The Empowered CASA Series Session Four

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Being The Best CASA You Can Be is the final installment of The Empowered CASA.

Whether you’re a brand new or seasoned Advocate, situations will come up where a little extra support would be helpful.

Being the Best CASA You Can Be takes a look at the difference between confidence, self confidence, and self concept, and teaches you how each is a way you can give yourself that extra shot of support and can be the key to a longer, more enjoyable Advocate experience.

Being The Best CASA You Can Be will be presented by Lisa Drake, life coach and former Executive Director of CASA of DuPage County.

Excellence in Advocacy Workshop

Thursday, June 24, 2021
9:00 am12:00 pm

Some program staff wear one hat while others wear many. Join us for a three-hour workshop to better understand how each role can help support NCASA’s Core Model and new standards. This training is recommended for new staff, people who would like a refresher and for local programs when a new ED comes on board. However, all staff are welcomed! Topics covered:

-Elements of volunteer screening and the importance of it

-The role and responsibilities of an Advocate Supervisor

-The importance of volunteer retention and how to engage volunteers

-Key elements of case management

-How to evaluate elements of a quality report

Sessions will be over Zoom. Contact karen@illinoiscasa.org or libby@illinoiscasa.org for more information.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, June 28, 2021
3:00 pm4:00 pm

Evicted by Matthew Desmond.
Matthew Desmond's Evicted is a stark and unflinching portrait of poverty in America. It draws on firsthand accounts of real events Desmond either witnessed or heard about while conducting field research for the book.
While pursuing his Ph.D., Desmond follows the stories of various tenants at the College Mobile Home Park.
Almost all the subjects of the book are poor, urban black individuals, many of whom have either criminal or substance abuse histories.
Desmond explores the exploitative role of landlords, details the oftentimes complex circumstances of renters, and highlights the consequences of eviction on people’s future housing prospects.

Storytime: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Monday, June 28, 2021
6:00 pm6:30 pm

Join us for storytime! Mrs. Palicki will read The Giving Tree, a cautionary tale about love, healthy behavior, and healthy relationships.

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Southern Region

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
10:00 am3:00 pm

Presenters: Wendy Kovacs, Anne Gamache
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Course Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally, and give reassurance to a youth (ages 6-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Course Objectives: The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: ● Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the First Aider. ● Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. ● Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations. ● Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible!

Session 2: Private Logic and the Circle of Courage,Trauma and its Impact: What Every Adult Needs to Know

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Children who have experienced trauma often have their own private logic. We will learn more about what this means and what it could look like. Participants will also learn about the Circle of Courage and its domains of Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity. With this knowledge we can then provide a lens for thinking about private logic. Participants will work to reframe statements to gain alternate perspectives.

This is second of the three part series, learn how trauma effects the children you serve and the people you know and what you, as one caring adult, can do to help.

Presented by Karen Lehmkuhl, MEd, Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Central Region

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
10:00 am3:00 pm

Presenters: Wendy Kovacs, Anne Gamache
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Course Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally, and give reassurance to a youth (ages 6-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Course Objectives: The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: ● Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the First Aider. ● Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. ● Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations. ● Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible!

Language Development in Children

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Language development in children supports many other aspects of development including cognitive, social, and literacy. Learn how the process begins in young children and how CASA and caregivers can support their language development.

Understanding Your Family's Digital Habits and Maintaining a Safe Online Environment

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
12:00 pm1:00 pm

This webinar, brought to you by the Illinois Attorney General's Office Internet Crimes Against Children task force, will allow parents to assess their family's relationship to technology, learn about parenting styles and how they correlate with online behaviors, and offer suggestions to create a family tech plan. Additionally, the webinar will go over safety recommendations regarding safe account creation, image-sharing, parental controls, and more. Presenter is Karilyn Orr, Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Doing Our BEST Work: Implementing the DCFS Core Practice Model

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Let’s do this! We will explore the Core Practice Model, why it will help all of us do our BEST work, how to implement the DCFS Core Practice model into your daily routine. You will leave with practical tips and tools to use the Model of Supervisory Practice, Family-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Strengths-based practice and Child and Family Team facilitation to support family progress toward permanency.

Michelle Moreno holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with over 20 years’ experience in Child and Family Team development and Wraparound leadership. Michelle joined the Immersion Site team in 2019 and is excited to support the Core Practice Model implementation throughout the state.

Norma Machay holds a Master of Human Service Administration from National Louis University. Norma began her career with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in 1993 as a Social Service Career Trainee - Spanish Speaking in Cook County serving Intact and Placement cases. Norma has served as the Northern Region Immersion Site Director of Lake County/Waukegan Field Office for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services since 2016. Norma continues to implement the Core Practice Model across the Northern Region and throughout the state.

Session 3: Resilience, Trauma and its Impact: What Every Adult Needs to Know

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

What is resilience and why to some people have it while others do not? Is it something you are born with or can you develop it? What are the 7 pillars of resilience and how can you use them to help the children you work with? These questions, and more will be answered in this interactive session about bouncing back.

This is the third part of the series, Trauma and its Impact: What Every Adult Needs to Know. Learn how trauma effects the children you serve and the people you know and what you, as one caring adult, can do to help.

Presented by Karen Lehmkuhl, MEd, Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, July 26, 2021
3:00 pm4:00 pm

Evicted by Matthew Desmond.
Matthew Desmond's Evicted is a stark and unflinching portrait of poverty in America. It draws on firsthand accounts of real events Desmond either witnessed or heard about while conducting field research for the book.
While pursuing his Ph.D., Desmond follows the stories of various tenants at the College Mobile Home Park.
Almost all the subjects of the book are poor, urban black individuals, many of whom have either criminal or substance abuse histories.
Desmond explores the exploitative role of landlords, details the oftentimes complex circumstances of renters, and highlights the consequences of eviction on people’s future housing prospects.

Storytime

Monday, July 26, 2021
6:00 pm6:30 pm

Join us for storytime! Mrs. Palicki will read The Giving Tree, a cautionary tale about love, healthy behavior, and healthy relationships.

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Northwest Region

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
10:00 am3:00 pm

Presenters: Wendy Kovacs, Anne Gamache
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Course Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally, and give reassurance to a youth (ages 6-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Course Objectives: The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: ● Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the First Aider. ● Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. ● Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations. ● Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible!

Creating a Learning Environment that Encourages Healthy Gender Development

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Children learn by observing their environment and the people around them. In this webinar, learn the key components to encourage and support healthy gender development and self-expression.

Excellence in Advocacy Workshop

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
1:00 pm4:00 pm

Some program staff wear one hat while others wear many. Join us for a three-hour workshop to better understand how each role can help support NCASA’s Core Model and new standards. This training is recommended for new staff, people who would like a refresher and for local programs when a new ED comes on board. However, all staff are welcomed! Topics covered:

-Elements of volunteer screening and the importance of it

-The role and responsibilities of an Advocate Supervisor

-The importance of volunteer retention and how to engage volunteers

-Key elements of case management

-How to evaluate elements of a quality report

Sessions will be over Zoom. Contact karen@illinoiscasa.org or libby@illinoiscasa.org for more information.

Trending Apps

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Trending Apps

App stores are filled with millions of apps for adults and youth to download, however most teens share a common interest in Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Messenger and YouTube. This webinar highlights the functionality of each and provides resources to learn more.

Presenter: Karilyn Orr from the Illinois Attorney General's office.

Intergenerational Trauma

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

More information will be upcoming for this presentation. The presenter will be Wendy Kovacs of the Children's Research Triangle.

Foster Parent Support Specialist

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

What does a Foster Parent Support Specialist do for families and children? Listen as Tammy Step presents how Foster Parent Support Specialists assist children and families.

Human Trafficking

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Kristen Hernandez is the presenter for this webinar. More information will be upcoming.

Domestic Violence

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

More information will be upcoming for this webinar. The Presenter will be Robin Greer-Jogun, M.Ed., QMHP, CDVP, CTP,
DCFS Senior Clinical Domestic Violence Specialist, Northern Region.

Excellence in Advocacy Workshop

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
9:00 am12:00 pm

Some program staff wear one hat while others wear many. Join us for a three-hour workshop to better understand how each role can help support NCASA’s Core Model and new standards. This training is recommended for new staff, people who would like a refresher and for local programs when a new ED comes on board. However, all staff are welcomed! Topics covered:

-Elements of volunteer screening and the importance of it

-The role and responsibilities of an Advocate Supervisor

-The importance of volunteer retention and how to engage volunteers

-Key elements of case management

-How to evaluate elements of a quality report

Sessions will be over Zoom. Contact karen@illinoiscasa.org or libby@illinoiscasa.org for more information.

Helping My Child Navigate Online Aggression and Fostering Healthy/Positive Online Socialization

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

This webinar examines online aggression as a victim and perpetrator. Participants will learn how to detect if children are being victimized or are victimizing others. Participants should leave this session feeling empowered to teach their children how to appropriately respond to online incidents. The second half explores aspects of socialization and looks at the ways in which socialization has changed as a result of technology and social media (digital socialization). This webinar discusses social skills that prompt healthy interpersonal interactions, which apply to the digital world, and result in cyber safety.

Presenter: Karilyn Orr of the Illinois Attorney General's office.

Preventing Unwanted Online Solicitation and What You Should Know about Sexting

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

This webinar explores online solicitation of children. Parents, guardians and advocates will become aware of how children are solicited online and how to detect if their child (ren) has been victimized. Participants should leave this session feeling empowered to teach their children who to communicate with online and how to respond if solicited. The second half discusses the widespread phenomenon of taking and sending explicit images. It defines “sexting” and offers data
on its prevalence among differing age groups and defines “child pornography," Revenge porn is discussed and suggestions are offered for avoiding these issues and to stay safe from its effects.

Presenter is Karlyn Orr of the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

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