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 email@example.com
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!
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.
Texas CASA – Collaborative Family engagement
- Texas CASA – Collaborative Family Engagement
- Texas CASA – Collaborative Family Engagement Training Resources
Stress, Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network,
- Secondary Traumatic Stress
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
- Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk
- How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain
Local Resources & Mental Health
- Children and Youth Services Directory
- Texas Mental Health Guide
- Mental Health – Innovative Alternatives Brochure English, Spanish
in-service Training Options
- Recommended Reading List – view a list of recommended reading for in-service training hours
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. You may log in and out at any time.
- 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.