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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

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.

Educational Advocacy Webinar: Early Intervention

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Learn the ins and outs of identifying potential child needs, early intervention assessments, and services.
Vivian Palicki, Education Liaison, will be presenting this webinar.

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.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: Insights and Resources for Court Appointed Special Advisors

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
11:00 am12:00 pm

LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care systems and have more negative experiences and outcomes in those systems compared to their non-LGBTQ peers. The increased incidence of placement disruptions for LGBTQ youth makes Court Appointed Special Advisors especially important in the lives of these young people. In this presentation, you will learn how to support these vulnerable youth and about resources at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services created especially for these youth. You will also hear from advocates who will share insights on being an affirming ally, and the experiences of LGBTQ youth in care.

Presenters: Gaylon Alcaraz, DCFS LGBTQ Program Coordinator; Mayadet Patitucci Cruz, Broadway Youth Center (a member of the Illinois LGBTQ Roundtable); Julio Flores, Broadway Youth Center (a member of the Illinois LGBTQ Roundtable); Ghirlandi Guidetti, ACLU of Illinois (a member of the Illinois LGBTQ Roundtable); Juliana Harms, DCFS Associate Deputy of Behavioral Health; Renee Lehocky, Lawrence Hall (a member of the Illinois LGBTQ Roundtable)

Educational Advocacy Webinar: Early Childhood Education-Preschool for All, Early Head Start, and Head Start

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We will be addressing the importance of early childhood education for children in care, programs, services, and eligibility requirements.
Vivian Palicki, Education Liasion, will be presenting this webinar.

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

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

Libby Moeller, Program Development Associate for Illinois CASA will present this webinar. Watch for a description that will be placed here soon.

Educational Advocacy Webinar: Remote Learning and Study Skills

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
2:00 pm3:00 pm

We will be discussing access to technology, alternatives for students with special needs, non-digital remote learning support, establishing a study area and plan to improve learning success.
Vivian Palicki, Education Liaison, will be presenting this webinar.

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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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