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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.

Person First Language

Monday, January 24, 2022
1:00 pm2:15 pm

Person first language is the gold standard for inclusivity. Join us as Katie Algrim from Kane ROE discusses real world scenarios and best practices for person first language.

Illinois CASA Network Trainers' Call

Thursday, January 27, 2022
2:00 pm4:00 pm

Excellence in Advocacy Workshop

Friday, January 28, 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. 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

National CASA Pre-Service Flex Training led by Illinois CASA

Saturday, January 29, 2022
9:00 am12:00 pm

Saturday, January 29th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 1 via Zoom
Saturday, February 5th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 2 via Zoom
Saturday, February 12th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 3 via Zoom
Saturday, February 19th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 4 via Zoom
Saturday, February 26th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 5 via Zoom

This virtual training is open to new, local program staff partners across the network who need to complete National CASA's requirement for Pre-Service training in the first six months of employment as well as volunteers who have an approved application from a local program in Illinois. Participants must attend all five sessions. Please contact Karen Lehmkuhl to register.

National CASA Association and its many contributors across the network have worked very hard to create a state-of-the art curriculum. This evidence-informed training has been created by contributors who are experts in their field, with the sole purpose of training CASA/GAL advocates to provide the best advocacy for the children served.

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

National CASA Pre-Service Flex Training led by Illinois CASA

Saturday, February 5, 2022
9:00 am12:00 pm

Saturday, January 29th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 1 via Zoom
Saturday, February 5th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 2 via Zoom
Saturday, February 12th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 3 via Zoom
Saturday, February 19th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 4 via Zoom
Saturday, February 26th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 5 via Zoom

This virtual training is open to new, local program staff partners across the network who need to complete National CASA's requirement for Pre-Service training in the first six months of employment as well as volunteers who have an approved application from a local program in Illinois. Participants must attend all five sessions. Please contact Karen Lehmkuhl to register.

National CASA Association and its many contributors across the network have worked very hard to create a state-of-the art curriculum. This evidence-informed training has been created by contributors who are experts in their field, with the sole purpose of training CASA/GAL advocates to provide the best advocacy for the children served.

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities or Disorders Part 2 - Dyslexia

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Learning disabilities or disorders are due to genetic and/or neurobiological factors that alter brain functioning in a manner that affects one or more cognitive processes related to learning. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing, and/or math. They can also interfere with higher-level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short-term memory, and attention. In this 5-part webinar series, participants will learn factors and causes, signs and symptoms, students’ legal rights in public schools, and advocacy strategies to support students.
Dysgraphia
Tuesday, February 22 at 2 pm

Dyscalculia
Tuesday, March 8 at 2 pm

Non-verbal Learning Disabilities
Tuesday, March 15 at 2 pm

Neurobiology of Trauma

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
1:00 pm2:30 pm

In order to better respond to the difficulties victims face when reporting their sexual assault, a basic understanding of how the brain responds when a person is exposed to a traumatic situation is crucial. The biology of trauma is well documented and helps provide a framework for understanding of how the body responds during a traumatic event like a sexual assault.

Presented by: Cordelia Coppleson
Assistant Attorney General/Law Enforcement Training Coordinator
Illinois Attorney General’s Office

Illinois CASA Network Call

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

National CASA Pre-Service Flex Training led by Illinois CASA

Saturday, February 12, 2022
9:00 am12:00 pm

Saturday, January 29th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 1 via Zoom
Saturday, February 5th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 2 via Zoom
Saturday, February 12th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 3 via Zoom
Saturday, February 19th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 4 via Zoom
Saturday, February 26th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 5 via Zoom

This virtual training is open to new, local program staff partners across the network who need to complete National CASA's requirement for Pre-Service training in the first six months of employment as well as volunteers who have an approved application from a local program in Illinois. Participants must attend all five sessions. Please contact Karen Lehmkuhl to register.

National CASA Association and its many contributors across the network have worked very hard to create a state-of-the art curriculum. This evidence-informed training has been created by contributors who are experts in their field, with the sole purpose of training CASA/GAL advocates to provide the best advocacy for the children served.

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

Illinois CASA Network Advocate Supervision Support Call

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
2:00 pm3:30 pm

Road to Resilience

Thursday, February 17, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join us as we listen to Prevent Child Abuse Illinois present four main points on resiliency:
-Define the concept of resilience and assess our own resilience traits
-Look at how trauma exposure impacts our ability to be resilient
-Gain a deeper understanding of resilience characteristics and traits
-Learn five key strategies for building on your inner strengths

CASA 101-Becoming a CASA Volunteer

Friday, February 18, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

What does best interest advocacy look like?
Are you interested in being a voice for
a child that has experienced abuse and neglect?
Join us and learn how you can Change A Child’s Story.

National CASA Pre-Service Flex Training led by Illinois CASA

Saturday, February 19, 2022
9:00 am12:00 pm

Saturday, January 29th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 1 via Zoom
Saturday, February 5th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 2 via Zoom
Saturday, February 12th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 3 via Zoom
Saturday, February 19th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 4 via Zoom
Saturday, February 26th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 5 via Zoom

This virtual training is open to new, local program staff partners across the network who need to complete National CASA's requirement for Pre-Service training in the first six months of employment as well as volunteers who have an approved application from a local program in Illinois. Participants must attend all five sessions. Please contact Karen Lehmkuhl to register.

National CASA Association and its many contributors across the network have worked very hard to create a state-of-the art curriculum. This evidence-informed training has been created by contributors who are experts in their field, with the sole purpose of training CASA/GAL advocates to provide the best advocacy for the children served.

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities or Disorders Part 3 - Dysgraphia

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Learning disabilities or disorders are due to genetic and/or neurobiological factors that alter brain functioning in a manner that affects one or more cognitive processes related to learning. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing, and/or math. They can also interfere with higher-level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short-term memory, and attention. In this 5-part webinar series, participants will learn factors and causes, signs and symptoms, students’ legal rights in public schools, and advocacy strategies to support students.
Dyscalculia
Tuesday, March 8 at 2 pm

Non-verbal Learning Disabilities
Tuesday, March 15 at 2 pm

LBGTQ+ Community & Mental Health

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
10:00 am11:00 am

Learn more about the LBGTQ+ community as well as mental health issues unique to individuals part of the LBGTQ+ population. We will focus primarily on hurdles children and youth in the LBGTQ+ community face, and can be applied to adult population as well.

Presented by Chas Swearingen with Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, February 24, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

National CASA Pre-Service Flex Training led by Illinois CASA

Saturday, February 26, 2022
9:00 am12:00 pm

Saturday, January 29th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 1 via Zoom
Saturday, February 5th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 2 via Zoom
Saturday, February 12th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 3 via Zoom
Saturday, February 19th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 4 via Zoom
Saturday, February 26th @ 9am- 12pm: Virtual Session 5 via Zoom

This virtual training is open to new, local program staff partners across the network who need to complete National CASA's requirement for Pre-Service training in the first six months of employment as well as volunteers who have an approved application from a local program in Illinois. Participants must attend all five sessions. Please contact Karen Lehmkuhl to register.

National CASA Association and its many contributors across the network have worked very hard to create a state-of-the art curriculum. This evidence-informed training has been created by contributors who are experts in their field, with the sole purpose of training CASA/GAL advocates to provide the best advocacy for the children served.

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

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

Wednesday, March 2, 202210:00 amFriday, March 4, 20223:00 pm

This three day virtual 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. This event will be held virtually Wednesday, March 2nd, Thursday, March 3rd and Friday, March 4th from 10am-3pm. We will break each day for a 30 minute lunch. Limited to 20 participants.

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities or Disorders Part 4 - Dyscalculia

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Learning disabilities or disorders are due to genetic and/or neurobiological factors that alter brain functioning in a manner that affects one or more cognitive processes related to learning. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing, and/or math. They can also interfere with higher-level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short-term memory, and attention. In this 5-part webinar series, participants will learn factors and causes, signs and symptoms, students’ legal rights in public schools, and advocacy strategies to support students.
Non-verbal Learning Disabilities
Tuesday, March 15 at 2 pm

Illinois CASA Network Call

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

Drug Endangered Children

Thursday, March 17, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois will highlight for main objectives in this webinar:
• Early identification of drug endangered children
• Recognition of the risks drug endangered children face
• Development of collaborative responses
• Development of Local DEC Alliance

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities or Disorders Part 5 - Non-verbal Learning Disorders

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Learning disabilities or disorders are due to genetic and/or neurobiological factors that alter brain functioning in a manner that affects one or more cognitive processes related to learning. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing, and/or math. They can also interfere with higher-level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short-term memory, and attention. In this 5-part webinar series, participants will learn factors and causes, signs and symptoms, students’ legal rights in public schools, and advocacy strategies to support students.

SPIDER-Service Provider Identification and Exploration Resource

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
11:00 am12:00 pm

Review of how to use this free, web-based database. This exciting tool is available for your resource referral needs. The Service Provider Identification and Exploration Resource (aka SPIDER) provides expedited and detailed way to find services your clients might need no matter where they are in Illinois. From food pantries to mental health services to rent assistance, you can #FindItOnSPIDER.

Presented by Arcenia Harmon and members of the SPIDER Team

Illinois CASA Network Call

Thursday, March 24, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Trainers' Call

Thursday, March 24, 2022
2:00 pm4:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Advocate Supervision Support Call

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
2:00 pm3:30 pm

Effects of Domestic Violence

Thursday, April 21, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Living in a home with domestic violence can have a significant impact on a child’s emotional and physical wellbeing. More than half of families where a woman is abused, the children are abused as well. This training will provide an overview of the cycle of violence, warning signs that may be exhibited by children, and ways you can help. Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

2022 Illinois CASA Staff Partner Day

Thursday, May 5, 2022

SAVE the DATE! Local program staff partners are invited to join Illinois CASA for a half day event on Thursday, May 5th, 2022.

2022 Illinois CASA Conference will take place on Friday, May 6, 2022.

More information to follow.

2022 Illinois CASA Conference

Friday, May 6, 2022

SAVE the DATE! Illinois CASA will host the 2022 Annual Conference in Springfield, IL.

Staff Partner Day will be on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

More information to follow.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Thursday, May 19, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Child sexual abuse can happen to any child. Children need adults who know about child sexual abuse and who are willing to do something about it. This training will provide an overview of the facts, signs and symptoms, how to respond, and how to prevent it from happening. Child sexual abuse is a global problem that not only affects the child and family, but the entire community. With your help child sexual abuse can be prevented. Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.

Illinois CASA Network Trainers' Call

Thursday, May 26, 2022
2:00 pm4:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Recruitment Call

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Illinois CASA Network Advocate Supervision Support Call

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
2:00 pm3:30 pm

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Thursday, June 16, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) occurs when an infant or young child is violently shaken. This training will help participants understand the signs, effects, and causes of SBS and the impact on families and society. Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.

  • 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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