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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.

LGBTQ Student Rights in Illinois School

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
2:00 pm2:45 pm

All Illinois students have a right to learn in an academic environment free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying. Students cannot be singled out because their gender identity or expression is different from the people around them. In this training webinar, participants will learn about the law, LGBTQ student's rights, and advocacy tips.

WEBINAR Trending Apps

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Trending Apps

App stores are filled with millions of apps for adults and youth to download, however most teens share a common interest in Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Messenger and YouTube. This webinar highlights the functionality of each and provides resources to learn more.

Presenter: Karilyn Orr from the Illinois Attorney General's office.

WEBINAR Intergenerational Trauma

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

More information will be upcoming for this presentation. The presenter will be Wendy Kovacs of the Children's Research Triangle.

Story time - You Matter by Christina Robinson

Monday, August 30, 2021
6:00 pm6:30 pm

Join us for storytime! Mrs. Palicki will read You Matter! A story about belonging.

WEBINAR Foster Parent Support Specialist

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

What does a Foster Parent Support Specialist do for families and children? Listen as Tammy Step presents how Foster Parent Support Specialists assist children and families.

WEBINAR Human Trafficking

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Kristen Hernandez is the presenter for this webinar. More information will be upcoming.

WEBINAR Domestic Violence and the Impact on Children

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Power and control is used many ways in intimate relationships. This training will provide an overview of how these power and control dynamics impact family members, why those who have been victimized don’t leave, and the long term impact on children.

Presented by Robin Greer-Jogun, M.Ed., QMHP, CDVP, CTP,
DCFS Senior Clinical Domestic Violence Specialist, Northern Region.

WORKSHOP Excellence in Advocacy

Thursday, September 16, 2021
9:00 am12:00 pm

Some program staff wear one hat while others wear many. Join us for a three-hour workshop to better understand how each role can help support NCASA’s Core Model and new standards. This training is recommended for new staff, people who would like a refresher and for local programs when a new ED comes on board. However, all staff are welcomed! 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

Sessions will be over Zoom. Contact karen@illinoiscasa.org or libby@illinoiscasa.org for more information.

WEBINAR Helping My Child Navigate Online Aggression and Fostering Healthy/Positive Online Socialization

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

This webinar examines online aggression as a victim and perpetrator. Participants will learn how to detect if children are being victimized or are victimizing others. Participants should leave this session feeling empowered to teach their children how to appropriately respond to online incidents. The second half explores aspects of socialization and looks at the ways in which socialization has changed as a result of technology and social media (digital socialization). This webinar discusses social skills that prompt healthy interpersonal interactions, which apply to the digital world, and result in cyber safety.

Presenter: Karilyn Orr of the Illinois Attorney General's office.

Story time - Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

Monday, September 27, 2021
6:00 pm6:30 pm

Join us for storytime! Mrs. Palicki will read Ways to Make Sunshine! A story about empowerment.

WEBINAR Preventing Unwanted Online Solicitation and What You Should Know about Sexting

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

This webinar explores online solicitation of children. Parents, guardians and advocates will become aware of how children are solicited online and how to detect if their child (ren) has been victimized. Participants should leave this session feeling empowered to teach their children who to communicate with online and how to respond if solicited. The second half discusses the widespread phenomenon of taking and sending explicit images. It defines “sexting” and offers data
on its prevalence among differing age groups and defines “child pornography," Revenge porn is discussed and suggestions are offered for avoiding these issues and to stay safe from its effects.

Presenter is Karlyn Orr of the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

WORKSHOP Excellence in Advocacy

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
1:00 pm4:00 pm

Some program staff wear one hat while others wear many. Join us for a three-hour workshop to better understand how each role can help support NCASA’s Core Model and new standards. This training is recommended for new staff, people who would like a refresher and for local programs when a new ED comes on board. However, all staff are welcomed! 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

Sessions will be over Zoom. Contact karen@illinoiscasa.org or libby@illinoiscasa.org for more information.

WORKSHOP Excellence in Advocacy

Thursday, December 9, 2021
9:00 am12:00 pm

Some program staff wear one hat while others wear many. Join us for a three-hour workshop to better understand how each role can help support NCASA’s Core Model and new standards. This training is recommended for new staff, people who would like a refresher and for local programs when a new ED comes on board. However, all staff are welcomed! 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

Session will be over Zoom. Contact karen@illinoiscasa.org or libby@illinoiscasa.org for more

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