Workshop Descriptions

Advocate Panel on Best Practices

Who best to learn from than yourselves! Current CASA advocates who have had successes in various areas of case practice will share their experiences and discuss different strategies and approaches to dealing with challenges in advocacy.
Building Resiliency for CASA Advocates

As advocates for children in foster care, we can be personally affected by the abuse and neglect we confront in our cases. Only when ensuring our own emotional wellbeing can we be effective advocates for others. This workshop discusses the concepts of compassion fatigue and burnout and tools to strengthen our emotional resiliency.
Educational Advocacy

This workshop provides a step-by-step introduction to understanding educational issues and resources available to take an active role in ensuring the educational needs of CASA children are being met. All Advocates will receive a specialized Educational Advocacy Manual and become familiar with its tools and contents.
Facilitating Collaboration Between Resource & Birth Parents

Resource and birth parents are the most important people in a foster child's life. Yet too often distrust or misunderstanding between them creates more harm for the child. This workshop discusses barriers to collaboration and the role of CASA in facilitating this relationship. 
Family Search & Connect

This training prepares you to help connect youth with family or kinship-like individuals who have been lost to the youth. As an FSC Advocate you conduct a comprehensive review of case files, contact identified individuals, and support their engagement with the youth. You will be helping to build a strong social network for a child who may otherwise age out of foster care with very little support.
Fostering Futures

This training prepares you to take on the additional role of Mentor to your case youth. As an Advocate-Mentor you conduct all the work of a regular Advocate. But in addition you work to develop a closer, more personal relationship with your case youth and engage them in a process of self discovery, goal-setting, and action-planning focused on a successful transition from foster care to independence.
Medical Advocacy

This workshop provides a step-by-step introduction to gathering healthcare information and monitoring and reporting on a child’s health status. All Advocates will receive a specialized Healthcare Advocacy Manual and become familiar with its tools and contents. 
Mental Health Issues for Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care have experienced trauma both prior to and in the process of coming into care. This workshop examines two major issues: how that trauma manifests itself in the child’s life and the nature of the many new expectations and experiences to which they must adapt.
Motivational Interviewing for Adolescents

Motivational interviewing provides a structure for successfully engaging with adolescents and eliciting motivation for change.  This workshop provides an opportunity to learn and practice basic interviewing skills: asking open questions, reflective listening, affirming, and summarizing.
Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (SEFELs)

Healthy social and emotional development beginning at infancy can help a child become healthier, more focused, less lonely, less impulsive, less destructive, and a better academic achiever. This workshop discusses how advocates can best support a child’s development needs within the context of foster care and family visitation. 
Understanding Physical and Intellectual Limitations

This workshop introduces advocates to diagnoses and presentations that affect children's motor and cognitive development including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, brain injury and others. It will include Information regarding effective educational and medical advocacy.
Understanding the System

Confused by all the offices, acronyms, and titles in the system? Come hear from a panel of representatives from the various agencies involved in a CASA case (DCPP, Law Guardian , DAG, etc). They will provide an overview of their roles, how they interact, and how a case moves through the system. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A.
Undoing Racism

This abbreviated version of the full two-and-a-half day workshop introduces the concepts of Undoing Racism® by discussing what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists, and how it can be undone. Join us for this truly enlightening experience.
Working with Autism Spectrum Diagnoses

Children diagnosed on the autism spectrum have unique needs and development goals. This workshop reviews the presentation of autism in children and adolescents and will provide guidance on how to successfully advocate for their educational, medical, and social needs.
Writing Your Court Report

Court reports are an essential part of your role as an Advocate. Let us help you make it count! This workshop reviews practical suggestions and strategies to organize and write a clear and informative court report.  You'll see examples of real reports and can ask specific questions about reporting on your own case.

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