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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

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.

Adoptions

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

Sylvia Fonseca, DCFS Adoptions Administrator, and Kelly King, DCFS State Adoptions Assistance Specialist, will discuss several aspects of permanency planning, termination of parental rights and adoption. This training will look at the meaning and benefits of concurrent planning, the importance of looking for relatives and fictive kin at the beginning of the case, understanding the importance of timelines when it comes to permanency planning, understanding the information and documents that should be collected in order for a TPR petition to be filled and to proceed without delay, and lastly working with pre-adoptive/adoptive families to help them understand services available to them and to the child.

Illinois CASA Program Discussion and Training Optima and the CESF Grant

Thursday, October 22, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm

Overview of the CESF Grant
 Introduction of the two Volunteer Activity types:
 Educational Advocacy
 Post-Secondary Support
 Demonstration of a Contact Log and Required Elements
 Introduction of use of To Dos
 Documenting Training related to CESF
 Q and A

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:
See Link below, here is the Password: 031383

Writing Workshop

Monday, October 26, 2020
11:00 am12:15 pm

What do we write about? There are no specific restrictions. We are writing about something, whether fiction or memoir or poetry, that we care about. We do it to discover more about ourselves and about the characters with whom we interact, or possibly the character(s) we inhabit as we depart from the confinement of ourselves in order to understand others.

YouthCare Information for Illinois CASA Volunteers and Staff

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

DCFS will be providing Illinois CASA with an update on Youthcare Health Plan, a new managed care system for children in foster care in the state of Illinois. Youthcare went into effect on September 1, 2020 and this new plan promises to expand providers and services for children, even in the most rural parts of the state. Please make time in your schedule to learn about these important changes from the experts at DCFS.

Optima and CESF Grant Training

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Substance Use in Adolescence: Local Overview andHow Supportive and Caring Adults can Help

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

The emotional stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the youth of our state in numerous ways; one of the most concerning has been a rise in self-medication through drug and alcohol use. Join Illinois State Trooper Andrew Smith and addiction psychologist Dr. Aaron Weiner to learn about the drugs most commonly used by adolescents in Illinois in 2020, signs that a child may be using substances, and what caregivers can do to help if there's a problem.

YouthCare Information for Illinois CASA Programs

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

DCFS will be providing Illinois CASA with an update on Youthcare Health Plan, a new managed care system for children in foster care in the state of Illinois. Youthcare went into effect on September 1, 2020 and this new plan promises to expand providers and services for children, even in the most rural parts of the state. Please make time in your schedule to learn about these important changes from the experts at DCFS.

Toy Stories

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

In this workshop we will explore the power of storytelling in creating connections with young children. As we listen to a variety of stories, we will consider how they might be adapted for children of different ages and abilities. We will also consider how stories might be adapted to help us connect with children during zoom meetings.

Katie Shea taught preschool and primary students before she became the mother of a young child with developmental delays. After enjoying a warm and support experience receive early intervention services with her youngest son, she decided to become a developmental therapist. Inspire by a storytelling great-grandmother, Katie has adapted stories to connect with her own children at home as well as in the classroom and the homes of the families she visits each week.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, November 30, 2020
2:00 pm3:15 pm

Join the discussion of The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk.

This book uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, November 30, 2020
7:00 pm8:15 pm

Join us for the discussion of The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk.

This book uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.

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