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.
Beginning July 2019 Illinois CASA will host a monthly Director's Best Practice Series as well as a Trauma Webinar Series for CASA volunteers and staff. Topics such as SASS (Screening Assessment and Support Services), ACRs (Administrative Case Reviews), Diversity and Inclusion and the Volunteer, a Writing Workshop and understanding the Memorandum of Understanding are on the schedule through December 2019.
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.
School Discipline and Behavioral Supports for Students with Disabilities
An introduction to the basics of IEPs and special education law with a particular emphasis on eligibility, behavior plans, and procedural safeguards for children threatened with suspension/expulsion.
Mike Shea is an attorney who has advocated for parents at IEP meetings, ISBE mediations, and due process hearings. He is also an adoptive parent of a child with a disability and the husband of a special educator/developmental therapist.
Diversity and Inclusion as a CASA volunteer
Mechiko White, Executive Director of CASA of Southwestern Illinois, and founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in Illinois presents this webinar for CASA volunteers.
Board Governance for Local Program Board Members
Board Members of local CASA programs in Illinois are invited to join Illinois CASA and Missy Greathouse (Illinois CASA Board Member and practicing attorney) for the Director's Best Practice Series session on Governance. Issues such as the law pertaining to nonprofits, conflict of interest and many more will be covered.
Beyond the fundamentals: An update, discussion and dialogue about mandated reporting of child abuse in Illinois
Education and training for mandated reporters is an essential component of the child welfare system, and as of 1/1/2020 in Illinois education about mandated reporting is required by law for all mandated reporters. Going beyond the basics, this 1.5 hour session will cover an explanation of all new changes to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act after the 2019 legislative session and will review mandated reporting fundamentals from a systems and macro-level perspective. Additionally, the training will offer opportunities for discussion and dialogue about this challenging but necessary aspect of working to improve the lives of children and families in our communities. Julia Strehlow, MSW, LCSW (she, her) is the Director of Education, Prevention and Policy at the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center.