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Upcoming Workshops & Webinars

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.

What's the difference between a webinar and workshop? A webinar is virtual lecture style with audience engagement through virtual chat and Q&A boxes and polling. Cameras and microphones are off during a webinar. Almost all webinars are recorded and loaded on our website. A workshop is typically a virtual meeting with an expectation that audience will have their cameras and microphones on and ready to participate in conversation as well as chat and Q&A box and polling. Workshops are not recorded. Both webinars and workshops offer continuing education credit. 

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, Training Manager libby@illinoiscasa.org.

Illinois CASA Network Advocate Supervision Support Call

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss how to best support volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded. Third Tuesday of every month at 3pm.

What Did They Say? Effective Note-Taking for Volunteer Advocates and Staff

Monday, August 22, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Struggling to keep your advocacy information clear and concise? Visits with children and calls to teachers, caseworkers, biological parents, foster parents, attorneys, your supervisor, etc., etc...Join us to learn tips and tricks to gather information efficiently and effectively to better support your work in best interest advocacy.

Facilitated by Libby Moeller, Training Manager with Illinois CASA. This is a meeting setting, participants will have an opportunity to utilize camera and microphone if they choose to, but not required.

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, August 25, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Trainers' Call

Thursday, August 25, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for Pre-Service and continued education for staff and volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded.

Confidentiality in Your Role

Monday, August 29, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

What does National CASA/GAL Association for Children Standard 4 state regarding confidentiality and how does it apply to your best interest advocacy work day in and day out? Let's take a look at Standard 4 and discuss real world scenarios.

Facilitated by Libby Moeller, Training Manager with Illinois CASA. This is a meeting setting, participants will have an opportunity to utilize camera and microphone if they choose to, but not required.

Developing Youth Resiliency and Life Skills by Enhancing Protective Factors: Part 6 of 6 Managing the Legal System Wisely

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

According to a 2018 survey, many high school students don’t believe their schools have done enough to help them deal with stress (51 percent), understand their emotions (49 percent), and solve disagreements (46 percent), and fewer than half of graduates surveyed feel prepared for life after high school.

Researcher David Yeager and his colleagues argue that it’s important to address teens’ needs and they need to feel competent, autonomous, and valued in their community—if they have a sense of high status and respect, in other words—they’re likely to be more motivated and engaged.

This webinar series will give participants tips and take-aways to share with youth as they prepare to launch to independence. Topics covered include: Financial management, assessing employment opportunities that best fit the individual, youth and teen parents, health care and well-being, and how to manage the legal system wisely. Many more topics will be address to strengthen youth and teen protective factors for a successful life.

WORKSHOP Excellence in Advocacy

Thursday, September 1, 2022
9:00 am11:00 am

Some local program staff wear one hat while others wear many. Join us for a two hour workshop to better understand how each role can help support National CASA’s Core Model and new standards. This training is recommended for new staff, staff who would like a refresher and for local programs when a new ED comes on board. However, all staff are welcomed! Participants are asked to have their cameras on and ready to participate and engage with presenters and fellow participants. Limited to 12 participants. 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

Facilitated by Libby Moeller, Illinois CASA Training Manager and Karen Lehmkuhl, Quality Assurance Manager

Hope 4 the Wounded with Dr. Joe Hendershott from Wounded Warriors

Tuesday, September 6, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Joe Hendershott, Ed.D., is a sought-after speaker about the effects of trauma on learning and behaviors & working with wounded students™. As founder of Hope 4 The Wounded, he also provides consulting, staff training, online courses, & has authored three books: Reaching The Wounded Student, 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students, and most recently co-authored with his wife, Dardi, Supporting the Wounded Educator: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Self-Care to round out a comprehensive, practitioner-developed approach to social-emotional learning & trauma-informed practices. Joe has over thirty years in education and is the recipient of the 2015 National Crystal Star Award for dropout prevention & the 2016 Bixler Award, which recognizes excellence in education. His ongoing research, practical experiences as both a teacher and administrator, and his personal experiences as an adoptive father give him a unique perspective that is engaging, thought-provoking, and inspiring. Join us for what will be an inspiring and motivating speaking engagement.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
10:00 am11:00 am

More information to follow.
Presented by Norma Machay, MS and Michelle Moreno, MPA with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
3:00 pm4:00 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for recruiting and retaining volunteer advocates. First Wednesday of every month at 3pm. Call will not be recorded.

WORKSHOP Court Reports that Paint a Picture for the Judge​

Thursday, September 8, 2022
9:00 am11:00 am

This workshop is open to local program staff and advocate volunteers. Participants are asked to have their cameras on and ready to participate and engage with presenters and fellow participants. Limited to 20 participants.
Learning Outcomes:
-Understand Best Interest Advocacy
-Review Facts vs. Opinions
-Identify Key Elements of a Court Report
-Recommendation Guidelines
-Resources Available
Facilitated by Illinois CASA staff: Quality Assurance Manager, Karen Lehmkuhl and Training Manager, Libby Moeller

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, September 8, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Current Child Welfare Laws with DCFS

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

More information to follow.
Presented by Susan Barker, Deputy General Counsel with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Connecting the Dots: Local Resources in Small Town, Illinois

Monday, September 19, 2022
10:00 am11:00 am

Are you advocating in an Illinois county with a population less than 50,000? Where are the resources for children, youth and their families? How can you best plug into resources that will assist children, youth and families your program is advocating for? Let's find out together!

With over 20 years experience in non-profit, project management, Johnna Schultz, understands that each community is unique, and she specializes in targeting and maximizing their key connections to ensure a healthy, resilient community.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnaschultz92/
This is a meeting setting, participants will have an opportunity to utilize camera and microphone if they choose to, but not required.

Illinois CASA Network Advocate Supervision Support Call

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss how to best support volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded. Third Tuesday of every month at 3pm.

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, September 22, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Trainers' Call

Thursday, September 22, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for Pre-Service and continued education for staff and volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded.

Training of Facilitators (TOF) for the National CASA Pre-Service Curriculum

Wednesday, October 5, 202210:00 amThursday, October 6, 20223:00 pm

Location: Champaign, IL IN-PERSON TRAINING
Wednesday, October 5th from 10am- 5pm
Thursday, October 6th from 9am-3pm

This three day in-person training will focus on adult-learning and facilitation practices, as well as an overview of the curriculum. Participants will have an opportunity to put the tools acquired into action.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. No registration cost for local programs in Illinois CASA network to attend. Local programs are responsible for travel, hotel and any printed material. Limited to 20 participants. TO REGISTER PLEASE EMAIL karen@illinoiscasa.org

Facilitated by Illinois CASA Staff: Karen Lehmkuhl and Libby Moeller

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
3:00 pm4:00 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for recruiting and retaining volunteer advocates. First Wednesday of every month at 3pm. Call will not be recorded.

Child & Family Team Meeting Implementation

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

More information to follow.
Presented by Norma Machay, MS and Michelle Moreno, MPA with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, October 13, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Advocate Supervision Support Call

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss how to best support volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded. Third Tuesday of every month at 3pm.

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, October 27, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Trainers' Call

Thursday, October 27, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for Pre-Service and continued education for staff and volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded.

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
3:00 pm4:00 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for recruiting and retaining volunteer advocates. First Wednesday of every month at 3pm. Call will not be recorded.

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, November 10, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

WORKSHOP Excellence in Advocacy

Monday, November 14, 2022
10:00 am12:00 pm

Some local program staff wear one hat while others wear many. Join us for a two hour workshop to better understand how each role can help support National CASA’s Core Model and new standards. This training is recommended for new staff, staff who would like a refresher and for local programs when a new ED comes on board. However, all staff are welcomed! Participants are asked to have their cameras on and ready to participate and engage with presenters and fellow participants. Limited to 12 participants. 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

Facilitated by Libby Moeller, Illinois CASA Training Manager and Karen Lehmkuhl, Quality Assurance Manager

Illinois CASA Network Advocate Supervision Support Call

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss how to best support volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded. Third Tuesday of every month at 3pm.

WORKSHOP Court Reports that Paint a Picture for the Judge

Friday, November 18, 2022
10:00 am12:00 pm

This workshop is open to local program staff and advocate volunteers. Participants are asked to have their cameras on and ready to participate and engage with presenters and fellow participants. Limited to 20 participants.
Learning Outcomes:
-Understand Best Interest Advocacy
-Review Facts vs. Opinions
-Identify Key Elements of a Court Report
-Recommendation Guidelines
-Resources Available
Facilitated by Illinois CASA staff: Quality Assurance Manager, Karen Lehmkuhl and Training Manager, Libby Moeller

Illinois CASA Network Trainers' Call

Thursday, November 24, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for Pre-Service and continued education for staff and volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded.

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
3:00 pm4:00 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for recruiting and retaining volunteer advocates. First Wednesday of every month at 3pm. Call will not be recorded.

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, December 8, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Advocate Supervision Support Call

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss how to best support volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded. Third Tuesday of every month at 3pm.

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, December 22, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Trainers' Call

Thursday, December 22, 2022
3:00 pm4:30 pm

FOR LOCAL PROGRAM STAFF ONLY. Join peers across the network to discuss best practices for Pre-Service and continued education for staff and volunteer advocates. Call will not be recorded.

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