2023 CASA Training:  Schedule and Descriptions

In 2023, we will offer our training courses in several different formats in order to accommodate the schedules of volunteers.  All of our training classes cover the same topics, and include some outside “homework” and the writing of a court report.  The differences will be in the length of the session (8 weeks or 10 weeks), the amount of outside “homework”, and the use of either virtual class meetings on Zoom, in-person classes at the CASA training room in Springfield, or a combination of virtual and in-person classes.

The 8-week course has 8 class meetings, which meet once a week for 3.5 hours.  In addition, there are four online units of work to be completed.  The online component (called “Moodle”), includes short articles, video clips, and questions for the trainee to answer on an online discussion board.  Each Moodle unit requires approximately three hours of work outside of class.  The final assignment in the course is to write a court report on a mock case. Trainees will write their court report in parts over several weeks, with feedback from the training coordinators along the way.

The 10-week course has 10 class meetings, which meet once a week for 3.5 hours.  There is only a small amount of outside “homework,” usually no more than a half-hour reading assignment per week.  The final assignment in the course is to write a court report on a mock case. Trainees will write their court report in parts over several weeks, with feedback from the training coordinators along the way.

2023 Training Schedule:

Winter 2023: 8-Week Virtual Training, 1/11/23 to 3/01/23. Wednesday evenings, 5:00-8:30pm.  All class meetings will be held on Zoom, and there will be an online “Moodle” component. 

Application deadline Dec. 19, 2022

Spring 2023: 10-Week Hybrid Training, 4/06/23 to 6/08/23. Thursday evenings, 5:00-8:30pm. Some of the classes will be in-person and some will be held on Zoom; the schedule will be established before training begins. 

Application deadline March 13, 2023

Summer 2023: 8-Week Virtual Training, TENTATIVE DATES: Wednesday evenings in July and August. All class meetings will be held on Zoom, and there will be an online “Moodle” component.

Fall 2023: 8-Week In-Person Training, TENTATIVE DATES: Thursday evenings, starting late September and ending in the middle of November. All class meetings will be held in person, and there will be an online “Moodle” component.  We will also offer the option of people joining class virtually when necessary (due to illness, travel, or living in distant rural area), but the expectation is that people will attend in-person when possible.

The topics you will learn about in training include:

CASA 101 Nuts & Bolts

CASA Reality Stories & Case Dynamics

CASA Role

Culturally Responsive Advocacy

Court Process

Court Etiquette

Court Reports

CRB and Other Meetings

Juvenile Court Hearings

Case Documents, Information Management

Professional Role Playing

Home Visiting

Safety Issues

DHS Overview

Foster Care

Child Abuse

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 [email protected] or call (541) 731-3763.