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 should then forward to your Local Program for its in-service training records. You should complete the form each time you complete a training opportunity.
We urge the local CASA program staff and volunteers to examine our Training Catalog and sign up early. Any questions or comments regarding the training can be directed to Kristen Bertrand, Director of Training, email@example.com.
Registration Begins for the Socially Distant Book Club
The Inner World of a Child with PTSD: Making Sense of Behaviors that Make no Sense
The objective of May 19th’s webinar is to draw the attendees into the world of children with PTSD in order to see, experience, and interpret the environment through the child’s eyes. As we know, abuse deeply influences how a child will relate not only to other children and adults, but to new situations like foster care and group homes. The aim is for advocates to be better equipped to translate and unravel the complexities of an abused child’s behavior in order to build cooperation and a stronger rapport.
As a survivor of extraordinary childhood abuse herself, Libby is able to bring some much-needed context as well as unique insights into the world of abused and neglected children. After doing the hard work of reconciling her past, she can now give voice to the fears, beliefs and perspectives of broken and hurting children.
Educational Issues and Challenges Facing Children in Care, Foster Parents and Teachers during COVID-19
Molly Uhe and Erin Saxton will present a training on current educational issues and challenges facing children in care, foster parents and teachers during COVID-19. They will discuss the ways teachers are trying to keep children engaged in learning and how they are being particularly aware of the stress children and families are under during this time. They will discuss how remote learning may be effecting future learning as we move into the summer and fall. Please submit any specific questions you may have in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org do that they can provide the most up to date answers.
Presenters are: Molly Uhe, Ed. S. Deputy Director of Education and Transition Services, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Erin Saxton, Illinois State Board of Education, consultant, Special Education Surrogate Program/CASA volunteer.
The Service Provider Identification and Exploration Resource (SPIDER)
Overview of SPIDER and how to navigate its search parameters, the history of the project and database, who is providing support of the database, detailed walk through of SPIDER's capabilities and how it can help professional and public users, and Q & A and live practice searches to help new users visualize the navigation process in real time.
SPIDER is a 100% free and public resource database used to locate and gather information on social service agencies, programs and services throughout Illinois. SPIDER provides incredibly detailed referral information designed to help professional and public users connect with the most appropriate services that match their needs and limitations. SPIDER also offers an interactive map for users to utilize and prioritize the closest agencies or programs that match needs.
Presented by Matthew Jedlowski, Program Assistant, Northwestern University and DCFS
We all face tough times. Ongoing stress from those tough times can lead to poor health outcomes and other challenges as the brain adapts to survive. Research is now showing us what we can do to change these outcomes. This presentation will highlight the importance of building caring connections with the children, families and adults in our lives to developing healthy brains, supportive relationships and thriving communities.
Brooke Hendrickx is a certified Secondary Education teacher and the Community Education Program Manager for the Child Abuse Council in Moline, IL and oversees the Rock Island County CASA Program. She has served in the this role for 3 years. Prior to becoming part of the Child Abuse Council's team, she served as the HealthWorks Program Manager for 7 years. As the HealthWorks Program Manager, she medically tracked children in foster care over a 10 county area in Illinois, working with foster parents, providers, and medical professionals to coordinate services for the kids in their care. Brooke is a trained facilitator of both the ACE Interface and Connections Matter training modules.
Brighter Outcomes: Strengthening Your Program Through Embracing Diversity and Cultural Competency
This session will highlight the importance of culturally competent advocates and the direct impact it has on children in foster care through the testimony of former foster child and current CASA of River Valley advocate, Joanne Johnson. The session will also cover how CASA of River Valley created their own Diversity Task Force for their program and are using community resources to add diversity awareness and cultural competency for advocates.
The speaker for this webinar is Laura Blum, Advocate Supervisor for CASA of River Valley.