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.
Beginning July 2019 Illinois CASA will host a monthly Director's Best Practice Series as well as a Trauma Webinar Series for CASA volunteers and staff. Topics such as SASS (Screening Assessment and Support Services), ACRs (Administrative Case Reviews), Diversity and Inclusion and the Volunteer, a Writing Workshop and understanding the Memorandum of Understanding are on the schedule through December 2019.
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 should then forward to your Local Program for its in-service training records. You should complete the form each time you complete a training opportunity.
We urge the local CASA program staff and volunteers to examine our Training Catalog and sign up early. Any questions or comments regarding the training can be directed to Kristen Bertrand, Director of Training, email@example.com.
SASS, Screening Assessment and Support Services
Director's Best Practice Series: Governance
Join Illinois CASA and Missy Greathouse, Illinois CASA Board Member and practicing attorney as we being our Director's Best Practice Series on Governance.
Training of Facilitators
The Cost of Caring, Managing Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue & Burnout
The concepts of compassion fatigue, burn out and vicarious trauma will be explored as well as self-care strategies to cope with these reactions to exposure of secondary trauma.
MOUs and your CASA Program
Join Illinois CASA as Program Staff or Executive Director for details of how to use the Memorandum of Understanding documents at your local program.
Board Development Training
Executive Directors and a Board Chairman of your local program are invited to the Board Development day. Rick Lochner will present how the world of non-profits has changed in the 21st Century. Charitable giving has evolved from generation to generation with accountability demanded for the funds that are given. The traditional agency model is being challenged in favor of social enterprises looking to do good and be profitable at the same time. Amidst this change is the need for the traditional relationship between boards of directors and agency senior leadership to evolve as well. In this interactive workshop, participants will understand the role of 21st Century boards, understand how giving is evolving and engage in active discussion on how they can apply new thinking in their agencies.
Director's Best Practice Series: Human Resource Management
Join Illinois CASA for the second installment of Director's Best Practice Series. During this session Erik Christian will cover Human Resource Management for non-profit programs.
The Use of Reflective Practice When Supporting Those Impacted by Trauma
Just as exposure to secondary smoke can be harmful, exposure to the stories and intense thoughts and feelings of others can be harmful to our emotional and psychological well being. This exposure can lead to symptoms similar to those associated with depression and PTSD. attendees will learn about trauma and adverse childhood experiences and the impact on children.
Understanding Child Sexual Abuse Through a Trauma Lens
Join Laura Daily, of the Chicago Child Advocacy Center, as she presents information about child sexual abuse.