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 kathryn@casagalveston.org if you have questions or know of a resource you think might be useful to add to this page.

E-Learning

Pre-Service training

Visit our Volunteer Training Pre-Work page for more information about signing up for the E-Learning portion of the course.

Current Advocates

CASA College Login – Already have an account? Login here!

 *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

  • View National CASA’s Advocacy Resources for additional topics and resources relevant to your advocacy.
  • Visit Texas CASA’s Learning Center Resources for Volunteers archives to explore topics relevant to your work as a volunteer.
  • Nominate A CASA Instructions
  • Child Mind Institute – The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.
  • Advocacy In Action – this resource from the National CASA Association presents timely and relevant topics thought a series of Issue Briefs focused on improving safety, permanency and well-being.

Texas CASA – Collaborative Family engagement

Stress, Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences

Local Resources & Mental Health

Parenting & Physical Health

Department of Family and Protective Services

Drug & Alcohol Advocacy Resources

Homelessness

Aging Out

Education

Galveston County Food Bank

Activities for Children & Families


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 http://child.tcu.edu.
  • CASA College e-Learning Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth in Foster Care – click this link and login using your CASA College login, then you’ll be directed to the training.
  • TBRI for Teachers -Because millions of American school-aged children have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma, we have developed many resources to help educators create healing learning environments to meet the unique needs of these vulnerable children. While some of these resources are not geared specifically to a classroom setting, our hope is that anyone who works with children from hard places can glean insights about how trauma affects the brain and how to bring deep healing to the children they serve.

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 & Movies

  • Recommended Reading List – view a list of books that we recommend for in-service training hours
  • If you read a book or watch a movie, record answers to these questions on Optima to earn credit:
    • Who was your favorite character? Why
    • Who was your least favorite character? Why?
    • Did you like the ending? Why or why not?
    • How does this relate to your work as a CASA advocate?
    • What is one thing from this book or movie that you can take with you into your role as an advocate?

Education

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.
  • National Reunification Month: Innovative Practices to Promote Unification – This webinar highlights innovative programs and strategies that support reunification and emphasize caregiver and parent voice. Presenters feature parents and caregivers involved in innovative programs to illustrate how parent engagement leads to better outcomes for placement and reunification.