Training

CASA volunteers receive 40 hours of training at CASA over a 10-week training period. Upon completion, all volunteers are sworn in before the Juvenile Court judge and are assigned to a case and a supervisor who will assist them throughout the process. CASA of Lane County currently trains successful applicants three times each year (fall, winter & spring) with limited class sizes.

Prerequisite: Application process must be completed and approved, which can take several weeks. Click here to view the full application process. We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2017 training class on a rolling admissions basis through Friday, March 10th, as space permits. There are some preliminary screening steps before a formal application can be completed, so please begin the application process early. The process includes a phone interview, written application, in-person interview, background check and personal references.  The first step is to return a signed Screening Agreement to Robben Lyons, Volunteer Coordinator, CASA, 174 Deadmond Ferry Road, Springfield, OR 97477.  Robben will then contact you regarding the next steps of the application process.

The 2016-2017 training class schedule for classes held at the CASA office (174 Deadmond Ferry Road, Springfield) is as follows:

  • Fall 2016: Orientation is Thursday, September 22, 10:30 am-1 pm. Class is 8 consecutive Thursday evenings from September 29-November 17 from 5-8:30 pm and Saturday, October 22, 9 am-4 pm.
  • Winter 2017: Orientation is Wednesday, January 18, 10:30 am-1 pm. Class is 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings January 25-March 15 from 5-8:30 pm and Saturday, February 11, 9 am-4 pm.
  • Spring 2017: Orientation is Thursday, March 30, 10:30 am-1 pm. Class is 8 consecutive Thursday evenings April 6-May 25 from 5-8:30 pm and Saturday, April 22, 9 am-4 pm.

This fall, we are launching a tele-training option for our volunteers in Cottage Grove and Florence! Please ask about this option while applying.

The topics you will learn about in training are:

  • CASA 101 Nuts & Bolts
  • CASA Reality Stories & Case Dynamics
  • CASA Role
  • Fundraising & CASA Messaging
  • Culturally Responsive Advocacy
  • Court Process
  • Court Etiquette
  • Court Reports
  • CRB and Other Meetings
  • Juvenile Court Hearings
  • Case Documents, Information Management
  • Interviewing
  • Professional Role Playing
  • Home Visiting
  • Safety Issues
  • DHS Overview
  • Foster Care
  • Child Abuse
  • Forensic Interviews
  • Children’s ‘Best Interests’ and Standards for Minimum Community Sufficient Level of Care
  • Attachment and Bonding
  • Early Child Development
  • IEPs, Resources for Children with Special Needs
  • Substance Abuse & Addictions
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic Violence

For more information, please email Robben Lyons, Volunteer Coordinator, or call her at (541) 868-3083.

 
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