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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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Monty's Day in Court: What To Expect When You Have To Testify In Court

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

Monty’s Day in Court: What To Expect When You Have To Testify In Court

“Monty’s Day in Court” shows young people they have the power to bring about change for themselves and others. Monty’s story serves as a tool for children in learning resilience and as an aid for those on the front lines helping young people through challenging times.
The book follows 10-year-old Monty’s journey as he learns it is ok to be upset about his experiences and works through his feelings with his therapist. After he is subpoenaed to testify, caring adults help him understand what will happen in court and the support he will have throughout the process.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are costly. They include experiences such as abuse or growing up while a parent is incarcerated. The economic and social costs to families, communities and society totals hundreds of billions of dollars each year. For children, ACEs can have life-long consequences. Interventions and professional support go a long way in addressing ACEs, providing both short and long-term safety nets for vulnerable children.
“Monty’s Day in Court” assists therapists, court programs, social workers, child advocacy centers, teachers, law enforcement, attorneys and parents in helping children better understand the process of testifying in court and reduce the traumatic impact of the experience.
Author Jessica Miles is a former foster parent who writes about her family’s experiences. Illustrator Gina Dee is a foster parent and has written books about trauma and foster care.
“Monty’s Day in Court: What To Expect When You Have To Testify In Court” is appropriate for children age 5 and up. Independently published and available through Amazon ISBN-13: 979-8618619783 (El Día de Monty en la Corte ISBN-13: 979-8686671270). Proceeds from this publication will be donated to charities that support children who testify in court.

Educational Advocacy and Optima Documentation for CASA Volunteers

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

Trauma Treatment in a Time of Widespread Crisis

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

Providing treatment for trauma survivors is always challenging, but what happens when virtually everyone is affected by a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic? This workshop presents an overview of critical concepts to keep in mind when doing trauma treatment during a widespread crisis, the types of symptoms and diagnoses we are most likely to encournter, and how the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment model can still be applied with some modifications.

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

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, April 26, 2021
3:00 pm4:15 pm

J. D. Vance’s New York Times bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy, is a compelling memoir about what it’s like growing up poor in the Rust Belt. A Marine veteran and Yale graduate, Vance tells the story of his family’s rise out of poverty in Appalachia and their struggle to claim a middle-class life in a slowly fading Ohio steel town. Through the lens of personal experience, Vance explores the lasting effects of poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence on future generations. He shines a light on the hopelessness and despair of people who were promised the American dream only to watch it slip beyond their grasp.

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz Storytime

Monday, April 26, 2021
6:00 pm

Join us for stor ytime! Mrs. Palicki will read the beloved story of a little girl that begins to see her familiar world in a new way. This book celebrates the diversity of all people.

Socially Distant Book Club

Monday, April 26, 2021
7:00 pm8:15 pm

J. D. Vance’s New York Times bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy, is a compelling memoir about what it’s like growing up poor in the Rust Belt. A Marine veteran and Yale graduate, Vance tells the story of his family’s rise out of poverty in Appalachia and their struggle to claim a middle-class life in a slowly fading Ohio steel town. Through the lens of personal experience, Vance explores the lasting effects of poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence on future generations. He shines a light on the hopelessness and despair of people who were promised the American dream only to watch it slip beyond their grasp.

Workplace Skills for Youth in Care

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

Soft skills are centrally important for workforce success, which rival academic and technical skills. In this webinar, learn the key components youth in care need to apply, interview, secure, maintain and excel in the workplace.

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.

The Voices of Youth and Young Adults

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

The Voices of Youth and Young Adults
Watch closely for more information that will be added. The Youth Advisory Board will partipate in this presentation.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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