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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Have To Talk: Navigating Challenging Conversations About Diversity
Having difficult conversations about diversity in the workplace can be challenging. Given the recent events in our country conversations about racial justice are happening more often than years before. In this discussion, participants will learn how to approach these conversations head-on. Participants will engage in techniques to interrupt microaggressions and develop strategies that will help them navigate challenging conversations around culturally sensitive topics. Those outfitted with these skills can serve as a better ally while working to recognize and eliminate bias in their profession.
About the Presenter: Kendra Abercrombie serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, where she promotes integrity, civility, and professionalism among the lawyers and judges of Illinois. In this role, Kendra leads the Commission’s educational and advocacy initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the legal and justice systems.
As DEI Manager, Kendra develops and delivers legal education on DEI and other professionalism topics to lawyers, judges, and law students, and performs outreach across the state on behalf of the Commission. She also supports the Commission’s lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program and manages its involvement in Jumpstart, a law school preparatory program for historically underrepresented law students.
Before joining the Commission, Kendra was Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Recruitment and Assistant Director of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. Earlier in her career, Kendra was an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter at Arizona Summit Law School.
Kendra has served as an instructor of legal research and writing at the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity and an adjunct professor in economics at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Ind.
Kendra holds a JD from Arizona Summit Law School, an MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University, and a BA from the University of Georgia. In April 2021, Kendra received the Dean Frank Motley Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award from Maurer’s Black Law Student Association.
Creating Personal and Organizational Care Plans
This presentation will provide a review of information and skills that have been presented and practiced throughout the webinar series and help participants create personal and organizational plans for themselves and the organization that can carry them into the future.
• Develop a personal care plan.
• Identify resources to support the development of an organizational care plan.
Presented by Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
Supporting Students with a Diagnosed Learning Disability: Signs, Symptoms and Advocacy Strategies
Learning disabilities are due to genetic or neurobiological factors that alter brain functioning to affect one or more cognitive processes related to learning. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing, and 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 training webinar, participants will learn signs, symptoms, and strategies to advocate for children in care.
Advocate Supervision Support Call
Cycles of Poverty
Join us as Prevent Child Abuse Illinois presents on the main objectives in Cycles of Poverty:
-Gain a deeper understanding of how poverty and related conditions often reinforce each other
-Awareness of your own attitudes and beliefs about poverty and the people who live in it
-Understanding the underlying conditions of poverty and the impact on our communities
-Discuss ways you can make a difference in your community
Join us as Prevent Child Abuse Illinois highlights four main points in their Secondary Trauma presentation.
-Develop a deeper understanding of what secondary trauma is and how it effects your professional and personal life
-Gain an understanding of the various conditions related to secondary trauma
-Reflection on your own experiences and how to manage your own stress
-Reflection on your own organizations and how to establish a trauma sensitive culture
Juvenile Expungement in Illinois and How to Navigate the Expungement Process
This webinar explains the statues of the juvenile expungement process in Illinois. Staff and advocates will become aware of how to navigate the juvenile expungement process and understanding the criteria and qualifications for expungement.
Presenter is Mr. Anibal Vega, of the Vega Family Foundation
Person First Language
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.
Road to Resilience
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
Drug Endangered Children
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
Effects of Domestic Violence
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.
2022 Illinois CASA Staff Partner Day
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
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
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.
Shaken Baby Syndrome
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.