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Upcoming Workshops & Webinars


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

Fall 2021 Background Check Training

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

This training will cover recent updates such as the 6-month CFS-718C expiration rule and its impact on the process. A detailed review of the background check process and various steps of the process. The goal of reviewing this process is to equip program staff with information and knowledge on the background check process that will create a more efficient background check process. Lastly, the training will cover the Clearance Renewal process along with tips and recommendations. This training is geared towards local program staff and Directors involved in the background check process.

Trauma 101

Thursday, October 21, 2021
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Trauma 101 is an introductory training on trauma and experiencing complex trauma during childhood can impact development and have negative lifelong effects. We will discuss the definition of trauma, including both acute and complex trauma. We will learn how traumatic experience impact brain development in children and what that impact means for a child as they grow into adulthood. We will explore the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study and how that has influenced the movement to become more trauma sensitive in working with children and families. At the conclusion of this section, there is a brief discussion regarding addressing secondary trauma as well as the importance of building resiliency in children and families. Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.

National CASA PreService Flex Training led by Illinois CASA

Monday, October 25, 2021
4:00 pm7:00 pm

Monday, October 25th @ 4pm-7pm: Virtual Session 5 via Zoom

This virtual training is open to new, local program staff partners across the network who need to complete National CASA's requirement for Pre-Service training in the first six months of employment as well as volunteers who have an approved application from a local program in Illinois. September 20th will be an hour long orientation via Zoom. The Moodle Room (online classroom) will also open on this date. September 27th, October 4th, October 11th, October 18th and October 25th will be live, virtual sessions from 4pm-7pm via Zoom.

National CASA Association and its many contributors across the network have worked very hard to create a state-of-the art curriculum. This evidence-informed training has been created by contributors who are experts in their field, with the sole purpose of training CASA/GAL advocates to provide the best advocacy for the children served.


Defining and Recognize Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout are common occurrences when providing direct services to victims of child abuse and neglect. This initial workshop will provide participants with an overview of the definitions, signs, symptoms, and differences between vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
Learning Objectives:
• Define vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
• Recognize signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout.

Presented by Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center

Truants Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

TAOEP serves students with attendance problems and/or dropouts up to and including those who are 21 years of age and provide truancy prevention and intervention services and/or optional education.
In this training webinar, participants will learn about the program, student eligibility, registration, and academic and non-academic services.

Juvenile Expungement in Illinois and How to Navigate the Expungement Process

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
2:00 pm3:00 pm

This webinar explains the statues of the juvenile expungement process in Illinois. Staff and advocates will become aware of how to navigate the juvenile expungement process and understanding the criteria and qualifications for expungement.

Presenter is Mr. Anibal Vega, of the Vega Family Foundation

Identifying and Exploring Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

Recognizing compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout is just the first step in promoting resiliency. This workshop will provide participants with specific ideas on how to identify the ways that compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout show up for them individually as well as warning signs for early identification.
Learning Objectives:
• Identify stressors associated with working as an advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
• Explore personal level of compassion fatigue and early warning signs of vicarious trauma
Presented by Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center

Executive Function Academic Strategies for Successful Educational Outcomes

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

Executive function skills are crucial to successful learning and life outcomes. Children that have been exposed to trauma or have developmental delays have significant challenges with everyday life skills. In this training webinar, participants will learn practical strategies and tips to aid and improve executive function skills.

Doing Our Best Work: Implementing the DCFS Core Practice Model

Wednesday, November 10, 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.

Defining and Recognizing Personal and Organizational Resilience

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

Developing resilience is not about avoiding pain and stress, rather it is about developing skills and practices that help lift one up out of the feelings of chaos and stress that can feel overwhelming. This presentation will educate participants about the core components of resilience as well as review strategies to build personal and organizational resilience.
Learning Objectives:
• Define resilience.
• Describe the five core elements of resilience.
• Explore strategies to build personal and organizational resilience.
Presented by Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center

Building Online Resilience

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm

This webinar shares ideas to build online resilience, to which children will have the tools to positively bounce back from negative experiences, as well as navigate the internet with a critical eye.

Presented by Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
High Tech Crimes Bureau

ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00 pm1:30 pm

This training introduces attendees to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study that was done in the late 1990’s. Attendees will learn about how two doctors came to the findings of the study, and what they were able to conclude due to the study. This training will explore a deeper understanding of brain development, and what types of stress impact healthy brain development. Attendees will learn how adverse childhood experiences impact lifelong physical and mental health. The conclusion of this training will focus on resilience, and how building resilience can negate the negative impacts of adverse childhood experiences. Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.

Teen's Online Image & Their Future

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm

This webinar addresses the power of a positive online image. The importance of maintaining a reputable digital footprint for safety as well as future opportunities is covered. Participants are encouraged to review online accounts through the lens of a review board for future goals.

Presented by Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
High Tech Crimes Bureau

Illinois CASA Director's Day

Friday, December 3, 2021

Toddlers & Technology: The Tablet Baby Generation

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
1:00 pm2:00 pm

This webinar discusses how babies and infants are using various forms of technology. It will offer suggestions on how to prevent small children from being exposed to harmful content (such as explicit content and violence), along with guidance on kid-friendly media.

Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
High Tech Crimes Bureau

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 or for more

Creating Personal and Organizational Care Plans

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
11:00 am12:30 pm

This presentation will provide a review of information and skills that have been presented and practiced throughout the webinar series and help participants create personal and organizational plans for themselves and the organization that can carry them into the future.

Learning Objectives:
• Develop a personal care plan.
• Identify resources to support the development of an organizational care plan.
Presented by Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center

Cycles of Poverty

Thursday, December 16, 2021
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join us as Prevent Child Abuse Illinois presents on the main objectives in Cycles of Poverty:
-Gain a deeper understanding of how poverty and related conditions often reinforce each other
-Awareness of your own attitudes and beliefs about poverty and the people who live in it
-Understanding the underlying conditions of poverty and the impact on our communities
-Discuss ways you can make a difference in your community

Secondary Trauma

Thursday, January 20, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join us as Prevent Child Abuse Illinois highlights four main points in their Secondary Trauma presentation.
-Develop a deeper understanding of what secondary trauma is and how it effects your professional and personal life
-Gain an understanding of the various conditions related to secondary trauma
-Reflection on your own experiences and how to manage your own stress
-Reflection on your own organizations and how to establish a trauma sensitive culture

Road to Resilience

Thursday, February 17, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join us as we listen to Prevent Child Abuse Illinois present four main points on resiliency:
-Define the concept of resilience and assess our own resilience traits
-Look at how trauma exposure impacts our ability to be resilient
-Gain a deeper understanding of resilience characteristics and traits
-Learn five key strategies for building on your inner strengths

Drug Endangered Children

Thursday, March 17, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois will highlight for main objectives in this webinar:
• Early identification of drug endangered children
• Recognition of the risks drug endangered children face
• Development of collaborative responses
• Development of Local DEC Alliance

Effects of Domestic Violence

Thursday, April 21, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Living in a home with domestic violence can have a significant impact on a child’s emotional and physical wellbeing. More than half of families where a woman is abused, the children are abused as well. This training will provide an overview of the cycle of violence, warning signs that may be exhibited by children, and ways you can help. Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.

2022 Illinois CASA Staff Partner Day

Thursday, May 5, 2022

SAVE the DATE! Local program staff partners are invited to join Illinois CASA for a half day event on Thursday, May 5th, 2022.

2022 Illinois CASA Conference will take place on Friday, May 6, 2022.

More information to follow.

2022 Illinois CASA Conference

Friday, May 6, 2022

SAVE the DATE! Illinois CASA will host the 2022 Annual Conference in Springfield, IL.

Staff Partner Day will be on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

More information to follow.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Thursday, May 19, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Child sexual abuse can happen to any child. Children need adults who know about child sexual abuse and who are willing to do something about it. This training will provide an overview of the facts, signs and symptoms, how to respond, and how to prevent it from happening. Child sexual abuse is a global problem that not only affects the child and family, but the entire community. With your help child sexual abuse can be prevented. Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Thursday, June 16, 2022
12:00 pm1:30 pm

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) occurs when an infant or young child is violently shaken. This training will help participants understand the signs, effects, and causes of SBS and the impact on families and society. Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.

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    National CASA
  • Illinois DCFS
    Illinois DCFS
  • The Office of Illinois Courts
    The Office of Illinois Courts
  • Illinois Attorney General
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