CASA Inservice Training Guidelines
We consider our CASA volunteers to be professionals, part of a professional team. You are given a demanding and very responsible position, and we will support you in this position. As professionals, CASAs are required to participate in ongoing continuing education. Voices For Children CASAs are required to have at least 12 hours of continuing education each year to comply with National CASA Association standards.
Continuing education may take many forms. The following list should not be considered exclusive. If you discover training activities that you feel are applicable to your CASA work, please call the VFC office and discuss it with us. We want to support your continuing professional education in any way we can.
Start with the following suggestions (unless otherwise noted, credits are given for actual training session hours. Travel time, lunch breaks, etc. do not count toward continuing education credits. They may be included in your monthly report hours, however):
- Monthly CASA meetings (1.5 credits each). Be sure to sign in at the meeting to receive credit!
- National CASA conference (scholarships available) *
- Colorado CASA conference (scholarships available) *
- Voices For Children annual training sessions
- Books from the VFC library (3 credits for each brief written review) *
- Videos from the VFC library (actual time) *
- Conferences or lectures you hear about in your monthly CASA letter (scholarships sometimes available, sometimes partial reimbursement with receipt) *
- Spanish classes, up to 8 hours *
* all starred activities require CASAs to submit a CEU review form in order to receive credit.
Please call the VFC CASA office, (303) 440-7059, to clear other educational activities, including correspondence courses, research (including internet), books, videos and lectures we tell you about (let us know in advance and we will share the information with other CASAs), or college courses.
Appropriate topics include Dependency and Neglect, child abuse, child development, sexual abuse, substance abuse, mental illness, medical issues pertaining to your case, cultural issues, social work or family law (particularly pertaining to D & N cases).
For any activity, other than monthly CASA meetings, you will need to submit a Continuing Education Review Form.
Continuing Education Review Form
The Continuing Education Review form is also available in the VFC CASA Office.