Continuing education is important no matter what you are doing in life! While you are self-isolating from COVID-19, there are still PLENTY of ways for volunteers to complete continuing education hours! f you are a volunteer these options stated below can be used for continuing education hours. The hours are indicated in red text.
Our CASA of Rock County blog will give helpful advice for volunteers, educational materials for situations we deal with at CASA, national awareness on child related issues, the work we do here at CASA of Rock County, and more!
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Books and Documentaries
If you are self-isolating at home this is the best way to get in some continuing ed. hours! All the titles in these lists can be used for continuing education hours for our CASA volunteers. If you have a book or film that is not listed, please contact your volunteer supervisor to see if it will qualify for educational hours. Once you finish the book/documentary, you must complete the review sheet and turn it into Makinzie at the CASA office or through email at AND input into Optima to receive credit.
Continuing Education Hours:
5 hrs per book with a readers response sheet submitted
Documentaries: length of film + 30mins with documentary response submitted
You can also watch Instant Family for 2 hours of continuing education credit
Or the Trials of Gabriel Fernandez on Netflix for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit
Monthly Educational Opportunities
No in-person continuing education opportunities at this time.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL CONTINUING EDUCATION OPTIONS:
WI CASA Virtual Conference Series
Free - Registration required
As you are aware, many events are rapidly changing in the midst of our world today. Each year, Wisconsin CASA hosts an annual conference to collaborate, engage & further our mission of positively impacting children’s lives with CASA advocacy. This year, Wisconsin CASA is hosting a virtual 2020 State Conference Series called State of Awareness. Beginning in September, a new webinar topic will be presented each month. We hope you can join us for this free opportunity!
Continuing education hours based on which sessions you attend.
For more information & to register, click here.
A Judge’s Perspective
November 10th, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 pm
How the court applies CASA advocacy and more.
The Three A’s
December 3rd, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Learn the Three A’s to evolve, improve advocacy and explore your possibilities.
6th Annual YWCA Rock County Racial Justice Conference
November 12, 2020 | 8:30 am - 3 pm | $100
Registration Required! Click here: https://ywcarockcountyracialjusticeconference.virtualconference.com/#/event
Our keynote speakers and topics are:
1) James Loewen -Lies My Teacher Told Me and What to do About Them.
2) Dr. Alex Gee - Moving Backwards in a State Whose Motto is Forward: Understanding Wisconsin's Dismal Racial Disparities.
As an attendee, not only will you gain new insights into topics surrounding racial justice, but you will also help fund YWCA Rock County's Racial Justice outreach, advocacy and educational programs throughout the year.
6.5 hours of continuing education credit
CASA Passenger Safety Training
November 12, 2020 | 5pm
If you plan on transporting your CASA kiddo(s) this is a required training. You only need to complete it once so if you have already done this training you do not need to attend. If you plan to transport in your own personal car seat, please bring it with you! (Please keep it in your car, there is no need to bring it inside as we will be going outside for the car seat installation part of the training).
RSVP to Makinzie firstname.lastname@example.org
1.5 hours of continuing education credit
December 9, 2020 | 9 - 10 am
More information to follow.
1 hour of continuing education credit
Conference Video Calls
We will be have a video conference call via Zoom for all our CASA volunteers to join in on with staff and supervisors. This way we can all get some socialization in and talk with other volunteers to get ideas on how to stay an active volunteer at this time. Dates and times for these video calls will be determined soon and emailed out.
If you are an active CASA volunteer and have a Facebook account, please join our CASA of Rock County Active Volunteers group. We post about upcoming events, make polls for you to choose the best days/times for in-services and can connect you with other volunteers!
This group is private, so you will need to request to join the group and we will accept you asap. If you are already in the group please invite other advocates if they are your friend on Facebook!
WI CASA Volunteers Online Book Club
The director of Dane County CASA is starting an Online book club for CASA volunteers. Please contact Meaghan at for questions/more info. They will be using Goodreads page/app, so can you create an account (how to below- very simple process), and then join the group "CASA Book Club LP Wis"
You can create your account on this page:
If you downloaded the app, you'll want to tap the Sign Up button on the main screen of the app. Just enter your name, email, and new password, and you'll be good to go!
To join the group " CASA Book Club LP Wis " you can search within goodreads or you can follow this link:
Foster Care: A Path to Reunification - Part 1
'Foster Care: A Path to Reunification – Part 1' shares the work of the Center for Family LifeVisit disclaimer page, an organization that aims to stabilize families by providing an array of neighborhood-based family and social services in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Foster care is one of their programs, and families involved in the center’s foster care program are linked to other services to address the family’s specific needs. As a neighborhood-based organization, they also work to ensure children in foster care can continue to attend their current schools and maintain their social and family connections, where appropriate.
1 hour continuing ed credit
National CASA Association
Wisconsin CASA Association
National CASA's website has many educational resources, books, documentaries , and more.
Wisconsin CASA Association has audio courses available for advocates. You can log in and listen as a guest.