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Educational Resources

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.

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Blogs

 

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! 

Our most recent blog post gives you resources and advocacy advice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to view it!

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 mrogahn@casaforthechild.org AND input it into Optima to receive credit.

 

Continuing Education Hours:

  • 4 hrs per book with a readers response sheet submitted 

  • Documentaries: length of film with documentary response submitted

 

Documentary List           Book List

Documentary Response   Readers Response

 

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

Recorded Virtual Trainings 2021

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXT-6VlBEQ6zosgki0abZgJgof_HbOB6-

If you missed a virtual training you really wanted to attend, then visit our YouTube channel to watch them!

*Not all virtual trainings will be recorded.

 

Continuing education hours depend on how long the recorded training lasts (usually 1-2 hours)

Monthly Educational Opportunities

Passenger Safety Training
RSVP Required: email Nicole
September 15th from 5:30-6:30PM
Festival Foods community room (above deli) | Janesville

ALL volunteer advocates who want to drive their CASA kiddos must complete this safety training. We will discuss WI driving laws and ones associated with children. We will also go over installing car seats if your CASA kiddo requires one.

1 hour of continuing education credit

CASA Conversation Cafe
RSVP Required: email Nicole
September 28th from 5:30-7:30PM
Location TBD

Come join us again for a night of discussing conversational topics regarding your CASA cases. Have a chance to talk with other volunteers about how they handle certain situations and work through common problems CASA volunteers run into. Food will be provided.

2 hours of continuing education credit

Wisconsin CASA Association 20th Anniversary Webinar Series 
RSVP Required: https://wisconsincasa.z2systems.com/np/clients/wisconsincasa/event.jsp?event=19&

August 30th - IEP Roundtable

September 29th - Advocate Hour

October TBD - State Conference

November 18th - Self-Care

December 20th - Year in Review

1 hour of continuing education credit

2021 WI CASA State Conference: Representation 
November 8-12, 2021

Registration Required Here

The success of Wisconsin’s children will once again be at the forefront as the Wisconsin Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association presents its 2021 virtual conference, “Representation.” 

The conference will be inclusive of culture, gender, and experience to enhance advocacy for Wisconsin children. The series of interactive, online presentations will take place daily from noon until 1 p.m. CST, November 8-12, 2021. Click the registration link for more information.

Facebook

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!

 

Book Clubs

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 meaghan@danecountycasa.org 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:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/sign_up

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:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/invite/1069675-casa-book-club-lp-wis?invite_token=MzE1NDRmZGItYzQ3Yy00OWU4LTg2NDctZTgwNjNlOWZmYjk4&utm_medium=email&utm_source=copypastegroup

 

Podcasts/Audio

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.

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/child-welfare-podcast-foster-care-part1

1 hour continuing ed credit

Other Options

National CASA Association

National CASA Association

Wisconsin 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.