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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.

2021

Meeting with CASA Youth in a Digital Way

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Do you feel “out of ideas” when it is time to meet with your CASA child virtually? As 2021 begins let’s meet and collaborate as CASA volunteers. Join Kristen Bertrand, Training Associate for Illinois CASA, for a conversation about what to do and how to connect with your CASA child online. Bring your successes and challenges to the conversation. Together let’s strengthen our virtual connection with CASA kids around the state.

Educational Advocacy Webinar: Disability Services and Transition Planning for Youth Ages 14 1/2 years old to 22 years old

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Learn the tools to access special education services, transition planning, and improve post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities ages 14 1/2 years old to 22 years old.

Learning to Manage Your Thoughts About Your Case, Empowered CASA Webinar Series, Session 2

Monday, January 11, 2021
12:30 pm1:30 pm

The Empowered CASA Webinar Series

The purpose of offering mindset training to CASAs is to help increase self-awareness and teach self-care tools and concepts. When learned and practiced, the Advocate will be empowered to better manage the mental and emotional challenges of the work they do in the child welfare arena. This series will have 4 sessions.

Learning to Manage Your Thoughts About Your Case, Session 2

A Place to Call Home

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Amariah Hays, Volunteer Coordinator for Champaign County CASA is the author of the book "A Place to Call Home." Watch for the description of this webinar. It will be here soon.

Educational Advocacy Webinar: Individuals with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part 1

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
5:30 pm6:30 pm

Learn to successfully advocate for the children we represent to procure services, supports, and accommodations.
This is a two-part session.

Educational Advocacy Webinar: Individual with Disabilities Act and the Individual with Disabilities Education Act Part 2

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
5:30 pm6:30 pm

Learn to successfully advocate for the children we represent to procure services, supports, and accommodations.
This is a two-part session.

MICRO-AGGRESSORS - Why Big Momma Has an Attitude

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

This workshop examines micro-aggressors routinely experienced by minorities, and the impact on social service delivery. Participants will:
1- Gain a working definition of the term.
2- Learn to identify situations in which micro-aggressors typically occur, and
3- Gain insight into the long-term effects of these seemingly minor social slights.

LaDonna Wattley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years of experience in the child welfare field. She is a gifted presenter, and has been the featured speaker at conferences in Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Washington D.C., California, and Texas. Conference attendees credit her passion, sense of humor, and story-telling ability as the reasons that she is such a sought-after speaker. Ms. Wattley conducts workshops on diversity, culturally relevant service provision, adoption, parenting and discipline, and grief and loss issues as they relate to foster care and adoption.
Ms. Wattley has worked as a child welfare social worker, coordinator of a parenting education program, Director of Licensing for a private, non-profit agency, and Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Training for the Indianapolis CASA program . In addition, she has nearly fifteen years of experience providing training to prospective foster and adoptive parents.
Ms. Wattley currently works as full-time faculty at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Of all that she does, she most enjoys sharing her experiences and facilitating workshops, in an attempt to improve the lives of families.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, January 25, 2021
3:00 pm4:15 pm

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, January 25, 2021
7:00 pm8:15 pm

Supportive Adults strategies for Adolescent Mental Health

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Dr. Aaron Weiner will present this webinar. Watch for the description coming soon.

Educational Advocacy Webinar: Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Participants will learn about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) which provides support to help families pay for childcare. The Division of Child Care is responsible for all childcare provider support and The Division of Family Support helps clients apply for the program.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Description coming soon. Josh Carlson from The Knowledge Center at Chaddock will present this webinar.

Cultural Competency: Moving from Cultural Competence to Cultural Humility, Part 1

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Cultural Competency: Moving from Cultural Competence to Cultural Humility, Part 1
This training is designed to create an understanding of Cultural Humility and how it relates to Cultural Competence. Specific attention will be given to the role of implicit and explicit bias in interpersonal interactions, and the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards.
Presenters: Gary Pate, LCSW and Kristen Hernandez, LCSW who are both YouthCare Trainers of HealthCare Illinois.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, February 22, 2021
3:00 pm4:15 pm

Just Mercy, By Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, February 22, 2021
7:00 pm8:15 pm

Just Mercy, By Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Cultural Competency: Moving from Cultural Competence to Cultural Humility, Part 2

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Cultural Competency: Moving from Cultural Competence to Cultural Humility, Part 2
This training is designed to create an understanding of Cultural Humility and how it relates to Cultural Competence. Specific attention will be given to the role of implicit and explicit bias in interpersonal interactions, and the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards.
Presenters: Gary Pate, LCSW and Kristen Hernandez, LCSW who are both YouthCare Trainers of HealthCare Illinois.

It’s All About Perspective, The Empowered CASA Webinar Series, Session One

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

The Empowered CASA Webinar Series

The purpose of offering mindset training to CASAs is to help increase self-awareness and teach self-care tools and concepts. When learned and practiced, the Advocate will be empowered to better manage the mental and emotional challenges of the work they do in the child welfare arena. This series will have four sessions.

It's All About Perspective, Session One

Learning to Manage Your Thoughts About Your Case, Empowered CASA Webinar Series, Session Two

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

The Empowered CASA Webinar Series

The purpose of offering mindset training to CASAs is to help increase self-awareness and teach self-care tools and concepts. When learned and practiced, the Advocate will be empowered to better manage the mental and emotional challenges of the work they do in the child welfare arena. This series will have four sessions.

Learning to Manage Your Thoughts About Your Case, Empowered CASA Webinar Series, Session Two

Internet Safety

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Karilyn Orr of the Illinois Attorney General's office will present this webinar. Watch for details.

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