Advocate Resources

Welcome to the CASA of Galveston County Advocate Resources page. This page serves as a working list of different community resources, in-service training options, and a link to our online database. Please contact if you have questions or know of a resource you think might be useful to add to this page.


New Advocates

Sign up for E-Learning

Your first 10 hours of training will be online in the e-learning. Click the link above to sign up as a CASA volunteer. Once you’ve created an account, scroll to the “find a course” section and type OCAST, and enroll.

Please finish before the first class and forward the completion email to

Current Advocates

CASA College Login

Logged in to CASA College before? Click the link above to log back in and continue learning.

 *Remember to “save & exit” after each lesson to make sure that your progress is saved!

Optima Login 

Optima Resources

Optima Training

Optima Contact Logs Guide

Resources for more information

Texas CASA – Collaborative Family engagement

Stress, Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences

Local Resources & Mental Health


Aging Out

Galveston County Food Bank

in-service Trainings

View all scheduled in-service options on our calendar. There are many other opportunities to gain in-service hours. Remember to document all in-service hours in Optima! Need a refresher? View our Optima Training.

Explore a variety of topics on CASA College!

Stress, Trauma & adverse child experiences

  • Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk
  • Texas Victim Assistance Training (TVAT) – This training will provide the necessary tools for providing consistent and appropriate services to crime victims and how to work collaboratively with partner agencies.
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Safety Training – Read up on how to help prevent cyber bullying, sexting and other types of risky online behavior in children and teens. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has provided a website to help educate adults and children on these risks. You may count research as continuing education credit.
  • Building Trauma-Informed Services for Children, Youth, and Parents Impacted by Domestic Violence – This is a 10-part recorded webinar series that can be accessed at any time. Topics include: Children and Domestic Violence, Caring for Others While Caring for Ourselves, Children Grow in the Context of Their Relationships, Understanding Children’s Responses to DV and Other Trauma, Responding to the Needs of Children and Families Impacted by DV, Engaging and Supporting Parents
  • TBRI An Overview: Putting the Pieces Together – This short video explains the principles and concepts behind Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, a proven method for enriching the lives of at-risk, vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. Trauma can impair language, sensory processing, and coping skills, and can lead to perplexing behaviors that are often mistaken for aggression or mental illness. This video features world-renowned experts who share research that documents how consistently positive experiences with loving caregivers can re-wire a child’s brain for lasting change. Learn more at

Mental Health

  • Everything you know about addiction is wrong – TED Talk – What really causes addiction? How can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail first hand and began to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do.
  • DFPS Psychotropic Medication Training – This training explains Child Protective Services’ expectations for the safe and effective use of psychotropic medications by children in DFPS conservatorship. This training will help you to understand the expectations and policies regarding medications administered to children.

Books to read


Human Trafficking

  • Be The One – Human trafficking is a media buzz word that often conjures images of brothels in Thailand or confusion with the ongoing immigration debate. This innovative digital training tool cuts through the confusion, arms the viewer with an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not, and helps them recognize that this is a Texas problem with Texas buyers, sellers, and victims. Most of all, it challenges Texans to change the culture in which we live from one that identifies with and honors perpetrators to one that provides safety, security, and genuine reintegration for the survivors of trafficking.

Foster Care

  • Josh Shipp TED Talk
  • Podcast: Engaging Youth in Foster Care – As youth in care begin to develop their own sense of self and independence, you may experience difficulty engaging them to participate in their case plans or helping them realize the impacts their decisions may have on their long-term future.