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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.

2021

2021 Program Staff Development Day and Virtual State Conference

Thursday, March 4, 2021Friday, March 5, 2021
2021 Program Staff Development Day and Virtual State Conference

2021 Illinois CASA Virtual State Conference - Closing the Gap: Equity in Advocacy
Our vision is an Illinois in which all children thrive in a safe, permanent, and loving home, and we can accomplish this together. The virtual conference is designed for new and experienced CASA Volunteers, Program Staff, and Child Welfare Professionals. Closing the Gap: Equity in Advocacy provides unique learning sessions and networking opportunities. Recent events have caused us to reflect, dialogue and identify more proactive ways to address racism, injustices, diversity, equity, engagement, and inclusion. Join us as we begin to address Equity in Advocacy for children who have experienced abuse and neglect in Illinois.

Join us Thursday, March 4, 2021 1pm - 4 pm for an interactive "Staff Development Day" (including Executive Directors, Program Staff and State and Local Board Members). The Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, Children's Research Triangle and LaDonna Wattley will present important dialogue for the day. Your ticket also includes the "2021 Illinois CASA Virtual State Conference," Friday, March 5, 2021 8:15 am - 2:30 pm.

2021 Illinois CASA Virtual State Conference

Friday, March 5, 2021
2021 Illinois CASA Virtual State Conference

2021 Illinois CASA Virtual State Conference - Closing the Gap: Equity in Advocacy
Our vision is an Illinois in which all children thrive in a safe, permanent, and loving home, and we can accomplish this together. The virtual conference is designed for new and experienced CASA Volunteers, Program Staff, and Child Welfare Professionals. Closing the Gap: Equity in Advocacy provides unique learning sessions and networking opportunities. Recent events have caused us to reflect, dialogue and identify more proactive ways to address racism, injustices, diversity, equity, engagement, and inclusion. Join us as we begin to address Equity in Advocacy for children who have experienced abuse and neglect in Illinois.

The conference will begin at 8:15 am and end at 2:30 pm on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Educational Advocacy Webinar: The College Admissions Process and the SAT or ACT for Youth in Care

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

The college admissions process can be daunting for many, but especially for youth in care. In this webinar, participants will learn to navigate the process with a key focus on the college admissions exams, SAT, and ACT.

Vivian Palicki, Education Liaison, will present this webinar.

Learning to Manage Your Thoughts About Your Case, Empowered CASA Webinar Series, Session Two

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

The Empowered CASA Webinar Series

The second installment of our new, four-part webinar series The Empowered CASA.

Learning to Manage Your Thoughts About Your Case is the topic Lisa Drake, life coach and former Executive Director of CASA of DuPage County, will cover.

It’s not unusual to become frustrated, sad or angry about the circumstances in your case. Sometimes those feelings come and go, and other times they hang around for an uncomfortably long period of time. This is where mindset work can greatly benefit you and your CASA work.

Using the concepts and tools Lisa taught in the 8-week Mindset Training last spring, along with insight from the coaching sessions she’s had with CASAs since then, Learning to Manage Your Thoughts About Your Case will examine our expectations of others, compassion, unconditional love, and teach intentional thinking in way that serves you best.

If you enjoyed this webinar, then be sure to register for Mindset Makes The Difference, an 8-week course that teaches the foundational principles of mindset work. Click here to receive more information and a link to sign up when the registration page opens.

http://bit.ly/mindsetforIL

Understanding Your Family's Digital Habits and Maintaining a Safe Online Environment

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

This webinar, brought to you by the Illinois Attorney General's Office Internet Crimes Against Children task force, will allow parents to assess their family's relationship to technology, learn about parenting styles and how they correlate with online behaviors, and offer suggestions to create a family tech plan. Additionally, the webinar will go over safety recommendations regarding safe account creation, image-sharing, parental controls, and more. Presenter is Karilyn Orr, Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Educational Advocacy Webinar: College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Youth in Care

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Access to higher education has become increasingly essential to obtain economic independence and success in today’s world. This webinar will provide information about accessing higher-education opportunities and financial scholarships for youth in care who are aging out of the foster care system.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, March 29, 2021
3:00 pm4:15 pm

The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden do not bloom. Pecola's life does change - in painful, devastating ways.
Its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child's yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment, The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrison’s most powerful, unforgettable novels - and a significant work of American fiction.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, March 29, 2021
7:00 pm8:15 pm

The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden do not bloom. Pecola's life does change - in painful, devastating ways.
Its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child's yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment, The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrison’s most powerful, unforgettable novels - and a significant work of American fiction.

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in a VIRTUAL World

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in a VIRTUAL World
In 2020, everyone’s world was changed. Overnight, we went from in person everything, to shelter in place in our homes. Since then, our lives have seemed to hang in the balance and we are constantly adapting to our new reality since the pandemic hit. What hasn’t changed is the child abuse and neglect happening in our communities. Join us for a look at how the pandemic has shifted priorities and concerns in the child abuse and neglect fields and how we can continue to recognize and respond to child abuse and neglect in a virtual world. This training will address trends in child abuse and neglect cases, review the signs of child abuse and neglect, and introduce you to ways you can recognize abuse or neglect if you are meeting with a child or families virtually. This training will also offer opportunities for learners to engage and discuss new strategies on interacting with children and families virtually through various platforms.

Presenter will be Kristin Kaufman, Home Visiting Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

Monty's Day in Court

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Monty's Day in Court, children's book author Jessica Miles will present this webinar. Watch for more information about this webinar coming soon.

Trauma Treatment in a Time of Widespread Crisis

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Presenter for this webinar will be Rob Lusk, PhD, Director, The Baby Fold.

Owning What’s Yours to Own as a CASA, Empowered CASA Series Webinar Three

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Our third webinar in the new, four-part webinar series The Empowered CASA , "Owning What’s Yours to Own as a CASA" is the topic Lisa Drake, life coach and former Executive Director of CASA of DuPage County, will cover.

The nature of CASA work presents numerous avenues to get involved in your case. However, it can be easy sometimes to overstep boundaries or take on responsibilities that aren’t yours, all in the spirit of service.

Using the concepts and tools Lisa taught in the 8-week Mindset Training last spring, along with insight from the coaching sessions she’s had with CASAs since then, Lisa will take a look at setting and enforcing boundaries, how to stay in your own lane, offer tips for saying “no” as well as ways to start collaborative conversations. After this webinar, it’ll be even easier to Own What’s Yours to Own as a CASA.

Being The Best CASA You Can Be, The Empowered CASA Series Session Four

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

Being The Best CASA You Can Be is the final installment of The Empowered CASA.

Whether you’re a brand new or seasoned Advocate, situations will come up where a little extra support would be helpful.

Being the Best CASA You Can Be takes a look at the difference between confidence, self confidence, and self concept, and teaches you how each is a way you can give yourself that extra shot of support and can be the key to a longer, more enjoyable Advocate experience.

Being The Best CASA You Can Be will be presented by Lisa Drake, life coach and former Executive Director of CASA of DuPage County.

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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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