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Training

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 Kristen Bertrand, Training Associate, kristen@illinoiscasa.org.

2020

Older Youth in Care Services

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm

Working with older youth in care can be some of the hardest youth to advocate for. Join James McIntyre, a former youth in care and Illinois CASA Mission and Outreach Associate, walk you through programs that will directly benefit this special population. Additional learn tips and tricks in speaking and empowering your young adults. Arielle Weston will be joining James McIntyre for this webinar. Ms. Weston is the Youth Housing Assistance Program Coordinator at DCFS.

Best HR Practices for Local CASA Programs during COVID-19

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm

COVID-19 has changed the world profoundly in a few short months, including and especially the workplace. Employers are trying to balance employee safety with continuing operations, something that can be especially tricky for service providers. This webinar will focus upon key challenges employers face regarding COVID-19 and potential strategies.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, August 24, 2020
3:00 pm4:00 pm

Register below for the Zoom Meeting on August 24, 2020 at 3 pm. As you read "MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive", by Stephanie Land, discussion questions will be posted on the Illinois CASA website and Facebook. On the Illinois CASA website look for the tab labelled “Socially Distant Book Club.” Here you will find the week’s Book Club questions posted. All who register will also receive an invitation by email to join the Illinois CASA Facebook Group “Socially Distant Book Club” for an online slow chat. The questions will be continual throughout the weeks moving from the beginning of the book and slowly advancing toward the end (so as not to spoil your reading experience). Each book group discussion will be 4 weeks in length.

Identifying & Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation; Why Traffickers Target Children in Foster Care & the Negative Effects of COVID-19.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

This webinar will provide an overview of child sexual exploitation with a focus on vulnerable youth and children in the foster care system. It will also share best practices for identifying and treating minor victims, response strategies, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected online exploitation.

This webinar will be presented by Ashley McAree, MSN, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A, Human Trafficking Liaison and Forensic Nurse with Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s SAFE Program and co-chair of the Baltimore County Human Trafficking Work Group.

The Issues of Trust and the Parent/Child Bond

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

As a survivor of extraordinary childhood abuse herself, Libby Buchanan is able to bring some much-needed context as well as unique insights into the world of abused and neglected children. After doing the hard work of reconciling her past, she can now give voice to the fears, beliefs and perspectives of broken and hurting children.

This webinar will include:
• Issue of Trust. Those who champion for children are often dismayed to learn that they may be viewed as threatening or even traumatizing by the child. This unit emphasizes the importance of not taking mistrust personally. Practical steps and guidelines that build cooperation and rapport are discussed as well as how to handle that all important first meeting.
• Parent-Child Bond. Nothing can be more baffling than a child who wants to return to a home that is abusive, violent, or corrosive. I use my own experience to address the unconscious reasons and excuses children have for doing so. An examination of the phenomenon of “trauma-bonding” has proven to be helpful for advocates to understand how powerful this bond can be.

Normalizing and the Role of Therapy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

As a survivor of extraordinary childhood abuse herself, Libby Buchanan is able to bring some much-needed context as well as unique insights into the world of abused and neglected children. After doing the hard work of reconciling her past, she can now give voice to the fears, beliefs and perspectives of broken and hurting children.

This webinar will include:
• Normalizing. It’s important for attendees to understand that they and the child they’re representing may see, interpret and understand the world very differently. The filters through which a child with PTSD view his/her environment can be surprising and varied. Attendees will gain an understanding how simple matters like compliments, gift giving, sarcasm and playful threats can easily be misinterpreted by the child being represented.
• The Role of Therapy. There are several reasons why most kids are reluctant to go to therapy. And when they do go, they are rarely willing to talk about the trauma that is sending them there. But that’s okay. There is more to therapy than revisiting abuse.

We Hid Under the Table

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

14 million children are exposed to DV each year. The majority receive no therapeutic intervention. We as a society and each of us individually need to be proactive towards eradicating what has become an international pandemic - a societal disease for which there is a cure.

Alicen J McGowan is the ultimate pedagogue. From therapist, first-responder, thought leader, parent and counselor, she has studied and learned from everyone she meets. As a national speaker in the field of Domestic Violence and Children of DV, Dr Alicen has trained hundreds in the fields of Social Work, Law Enforcement, Psychology, Law/Mediation and Education. She is an outstanding speaker and storyteller.

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    National CASA
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    Illinois DCFS
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    The Office of Illinois Courts
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    Illinois Attorney General
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