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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

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New ACR Process with Focus on Quality

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
12:00 pm1:00 pm

“The New ACR Process with a focus on Quality” will provide attendees with updates to the changes within IDCFS Administrative Case Review Process. Focusing on identified priority areas:
• Case worker contacts
• Clinical supervision
• Child and family team meetings
• Visitation
Participants can expect to acquire education on revised process and CASA’s role within the review process. Participants will have the opportunity to dialogue and ask questions of presenter Alisha Hodge, MSW, LCSW IL DCFS Administrative Case Review. Participants are encouraged to preview previously provided ACR training “Understanding the Administrative Case Review Process”, in order to have a basic foundation of Administrative Case Review prior to attending this training.

You are encouraged to listen to the past presentation before attending the new webinar on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12 PM. The past presentation “Understanding the Process of ACRs with DCFS," provided attendees with an understanding of the Administrative Case Review, the role and rights of participants, as well as purview and authority of the review. Topics addressed included but were not limited to, federal mandates and Consent Decrees, DCFS Rule and Procedure, visitation, Fictive Kin / family finding efforts, minimum parenting standard, evaluating progress and concurrent planning.

Watch Me Grow: Birth to 5

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

The Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children provide a framework for understanding child development by presenting information on what children know and should do and what development looks like in everyday life. The guidelines provide guidance and analysis of development with common expectations and common language. The guidelines also provide suggestions and ideas on how to create early experiences that benefit all children's learning and development. In this webinar, we will take an overview look at the guidelines, resources, and tips for CASA volunteers.

The Voices of Youth and Young Adults

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
12:00 pm1:00 pm

The Voices of Youth and Young Adults
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will give an overview of YAB and its function highlighting what being part of the board has meant to them on a personal level. Board leaders will further discuss systemic issues amongst youth in care, identifying some of the greatest challenges for youth in care and possible solutions to those barriers. Youth will also address what they would want service providers to know when working with children, youth and families in care.

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.

Socially Distant Book Club 3pm

Monday, May 24, 2021
3:00 pm4:15 pm

The Sun Does Shine, by Anonthy Ray Hinton

Storytime: Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds

Monday, May 24, 2021
6:00 pm6:30 pm

Join us for storytime! Mrs. Palicki will read Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds. A story about using your voice to make a difference in our world. This timely story reminds us of the importance of the power of our voices.

Session 1: The Science Behind Trauma, Trauma and its Impact: What Every Adult Needs to Know

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

In this three-part series, learn how trauma effects the children you serve and the people you know and what you, as one caring adult, can do to help.

Trauma can have a huge impact on a person, particularly a child. Learn the science behind trauma and behaviors or survival skills that go along with them. We will then move forward with a shift of thinking to better understand and support those who suffer from trauma.

Presented by Karen Lehmkuhl, MEd, Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education

Behavior Modifications and Interventions in School

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

All children have a right to be educated in a safe and orderly learning environment. In this webinar, we will learn about special and general education regulations, suspensions and expulsions, effective behavioral interventions, Functional Behavior Assesments (FBA), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).

Collaboration Strategies to Achieve Positive Educational Outcomes

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

This webinar will assist CASA in becoming more informed about their CASA child's education. We will discuss strategies for collaborating with all parties and the school to support and achieve positive educational outcomes.

Family First: Illinois' Family Centered, Trauma-Informed, Strengths-Based Model of Change for Child and Family Well Being

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

In this presentation, participants will learn how new funding from the family Prevention Services Act provides an opportunity to transform the delivery of child welfare services and support everyone's goal of ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of children and their families by purposefully integrating the work for the local community and the private and public sector.
Presenters are: Kevin L. Gordon, MEd, Illinois DCFS; Ashley Deckert, MSW, MA, Illinois DCFS; Kimberly A Mann, PhD, LCSW, Illinois DCFS; Kenny Martin-Ocasio, Aunt Martha's Health/Wellness; Andrea Durbin, CEO, Illinois Collaboration on Youth

The Illinois Risk and Reach Report

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
11:00 am12:00 pm

The Illinois Risk and Reach Report provides county-by-county data on the well-being of young children in the areas of Family Stability, Health, and Early Care and Education. A catalyst for transformative change that advances greater equity for Illinois children and prompts a more effective distribution of state resources, this report can inform policy and program funding decisions made by governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who can more precisely address needs.

Presenter: Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Associate Vice President of Policy, Erikson Institute

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Northern Region

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
10:00 am3:00 pm

Presenters: Wendy Kovacs, Anne Gamache
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Course Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally, and give reassurance to a youth (ages 6-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Course Objectives: The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: ● Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the First Aider. ● Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. ● Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations. ● Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible!

Back to School Basics for Successful Outcomes

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

The beginning of the school year can be very overwhelming for children who have experienced trauma. In this webinar, CASA volunteers will take away tips and strategies to support their CASA child in starting the school year off strong.

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.

Excellence in Advocacy Workshop

Thursday, June 24, 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.

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Southern Region

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
10:00 am3:00 pm

Presenters: Wendy Kovacs, Anne Gamache
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Course Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally, and give reassurance to a youth (ages 6-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Course Objectives: The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: ● Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the First Aider. ● Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. ● Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations. ● Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible!

Session 2: Private Logic and the Circle of Courage,Trauma and its Impact: What Every Adult Needs to Know

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Children who have experienced trauma often have their own private logic. We will learn more about what this means and what it could look like. Participants will also learn about the Circle of Courage and its domains of Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity. With this knowledge we can then provide a lens for thinking about private logic. Participants will work to reframe statements to gain alternate perspectives.

This is second of the three part series, learn how trauma effects the children you serve and the people you know and what you, as one caring adult, can do to help.

Presented by Karen Lehmkuhl, MEd, Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Central Region

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
10:00 am3:00 pm

Presenters: Wendy Kovacs, Anne Gamache
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Course Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally, and give reassurance to a youth (ages 6-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Course Objectives: The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: ● Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the First Aider. ● Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. ● Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations. ● Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible!

Language Development in Children

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Language development in children supports many other aspects of development including cognitive, social, and literacy. Learn how the process begins in young children and how CASA and caregivers can support their language development.

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

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
12:00 pm1:00 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.

Doing Our BEST Work: Implementing the DCFS Core Practice Model

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Let’s do this! We will explore the Core Practice Model, why it will help all of us do our BEST work, how to implement the DCFS Core Practice model into your daily routine. You will leave with practical tips and tools to use the Model of Supervisory Practice, Family-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Strengths-based practice and Child and Family Team facilitation to support family progress toward permanency.

Michelle Moreno holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with over 20 years’ experience in Child and Family Team development and Wraparound leadership. Michelle joined the Immersion Site team in 2019 and is excited to support the Core Practice Model implementation throughout the state.

Norma Machay holds a Master of Human Service Administration from National Louis University. Norma began her career with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in 1993 as a Social Service Career Trainee - Spanish Speaking in Cook County serving Intact and Placement cases. Norma has served as the Northern Region Immersion Site Director of Lake County/Waukegan Field Office for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services since 2016. Norma continues to implement the Core Practice Model across the Northern Region and throughout the state.

Session 3: Resilience, Trauma and its Impact: What Every Adult Needs to Know

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

What is resilience and why to some people have it while others do not? Is it something you are born with or can you develop it? What are the 7 pillars of resilience and how can you use them to help the children you work with? These questions, and more will be answered in this interactive session about bouncing back.

This is the third part of the series, Trauma and its Impact: What Every Adult Needs to Know. Learn how trauma effects the children you serve and the people you know and what you, as one caring adult, can do to help.

Presented by Karen Lehmkuhl, MEd, Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Northwest Region

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
10:00 am3:00 pm

Presenters: Wendy Kovacs, Anne Gamache
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Course Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non judgmentally, and give reassurance to a youth (ages 6-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Course Objectives: The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course (2–hour self-paced; 4 hours in-person) focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to non-crisis and crisis situations.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: ● Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the First Aider. ● Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. ● Explain the impact of traumatic experiences and the role of resilience. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to non-crisis situations. ● Apply the appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations. ● Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible!

Creating a Learning Environment that Encourages Healthy Gender Development

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

Children learn by observing their environment and the people around them. In this webinar, learn the key components to encourage and support healthy gender development and self-expression.

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.

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.

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.

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