CASA College

In order for Advocates to retain their certification, they have to complete a total of 12 hours of continuing education (a.k.a. CASA College) every year.  If you are an active advocate, please talk to your CASA Supervisor about your current CASA College requirement.

Below are some opportunities to earn CASA College credit.  You are also welcome to find your own resources, classes, seminars, etc, that relate to child advocacy.

To receive credit, make sure to fill out and submit the CASA College Form.

Upcoming Training/Webinars

Culturally Responsive Child Advocacy: Understanding Racial Bias and the Impact on Families of Color
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Number of in-service training credit hours: 1
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Trauma Informed Communities
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Number of in-service training credit hours: 1
What does it mean to be trauma informed? How can the community be involved? How can you join this movement?
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Culturally Responsive Child Advocacy: Tools for Closing the Gap
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Number of in-service training credit hours: 1
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Domestic Violence as a Prop and Cover for Human Trafficking
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Understanding Human Trafficking and it’s pervasive overlap with Domestic Violence.
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Relief of Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Speaker is Krista West from American Gateways
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Advocate Messaging Webinar
Date: October 19, 2020
12pm and 6pm
Speaker: Lucas Land, Director of Communication and Development
This webinar will help advocates understand why the language we use when talking about our work matters and discuss recommendations from Texas CASA about changes to the language we use in our advocacy work.

Register for 12pm:
Register for 6pm:

Staying Mission Minded: BIPP & COVID19
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Speaker is Herlinda Grusendorf – McLennan County CSCD Adult Probation
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Positive Interactions with Victims & Advocates
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Speaker is Lana Gudgel – HOTCOG
This presentation will give insight about the steps that both Law Enforcement Officers and Victim Advocates can take to facilitate positive interactions between themselves and the victims of these crimes.
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TX CASA Distinguished Speaker Series
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Speaker: Jessica A. Pryce, Ph.D., MSW
Dr. Jessica A. Pryce is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University and currently the Executive Director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare. For the past 10 years, Dr. Pryce has been involved at multiple angles of child welfare (direct practice, teaching + training & policy and research). She has published on child welfare related topics, such as, training and education, racial disparity and anti-poverty practices. She has presented her research at 50+ conferences both nationally and internationally. Her TED Talk on Implicit Racial Bias in Decision Making has since been viewed over 1.2 million times. Dr. Pryce has worked on the frontlines of child welfare, conducted primary research, and taught graduate level courses in child welfare.
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TX CASA Distinguished Speaker Series
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Speaker: Riki Wilchins
Riki Wilchins is Executive Director of TrueChild, a network of researchers and experts devoted to helping improve life outcomes among at-risk youth by reconnecting race, class, and gender. Riki has trained such agencies as the White House, CDC, Office on Women’s Health, and Office of Adolescent Health; funder networks like the Assn. of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), and Women’s Funding Network; and the Chicago, DC, LA, San Diego, Stamford, and East San Jose public schools. Her writing on gender norms and philanthropy has been published by the Council on Foundations, GrantCraft, GuideStar, and the Natl. Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Riki’s work has been profiled in The New York Times. TIME selected her one of its “100 Civic Innovators for the 21st Century.” The author of six books on gender theory and politics, Riki’s newest book for funders and nonprofits is titled, “Gender Norms & Intersectionality: Connecting Race, Class and Gender.”
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TX CASA Distinguished Speaker Series
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Speaker: Kevin Campbell
Kevin Campbell is an internationally known youth permanency expert, founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness and developer of the Family Finding model, a set of strategies now utilized throughout the world to establish lifelong supports for children and youth in foster care. Prior to developing Family Finding, Campbell was an administrator, director and vice president in the social service sector for more than 28 years. Campbell continues to develop strategies to address the epidemic levels of loneliness that youth in foster care experience, and is a renowned motivational, inspirational speaker and story teller.
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TX CASA Distinguished Speaker Series
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Speaker: Ibram X. Kendi
Professor Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. Professor Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His next book, Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action, will be released in October.
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* Note if you decide to purchase one of these books through Amazon, make sure to sign in using Amazon Smile and select “CASA of McLennan County” as the charity you are supporting! *

Book credit hours: 4 hours per book unless significantly short or long/technical, then discuss with your CASA Supervisor.

A Chance in the World by S. Pemberton
Another Place at the Table by K. Harrison
Etched In Sand by R. Calcaterra
In a Heartbeat by L. and S. Tuohy
POPULAR ~ Listen: Stories We Carry with Us from House to House
Multiracial Cultural Attunement by Kelly Faye Jackson and Gina Miranda Samuels
My Orange Duffel Bag by S. Bracken
One Kid at a Time by J. Dekker
Rage: True Stories by Teens About Anger by L. Longhine
Reframing Foster Care by J. Johnson
Scared Selfless by M. Stevens
Somebody’s Someone: A Memoir by R. Louise
POPULAR ~ The Connected Child by Purvis, Cross, & Sunshine
The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child by I. Chasnoff
POPULAR ~ The Whole-Brain Child by D. Siegel
POPULAR ~ Three Little Words: A Memoir by A. Rhodes-Courter
POPULAR ~ Three More Words by A. Rhodes-Courter
To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by C. Beam
Torn by R. Lewis
We Are Called to Rise by L. McBride
A Framework for Understanding Poverty by R. Payne (4th edition available only at CASA office)

Other suggested book titles (not available from casa)

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by B. Perry
The Locust Effect by G. Haugen
The Body Keeps The Score – Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Dr. B. van der Kolk
Trauma Stewardship – An Everyday Guide to Caring For Self While Caring For Others by L. van Dernoot Lipsky
AntiRacism Resources


[.75 hour] ABC Primetime: Family Secrets- Breaking the Cycle of Abuse
[1.50 hours] ABC Primetime:
Rosie’s Story: For the Sake of the Children
[.50 hour] ABC 20/20: 
Overmedication in Foster Care
POPULAR ~ [2 hours]
Instant Family
[1 hour]
Generation Like (from PBS and Frontline)
[1 hour]
Growing Up Online
[1 hour] 
Healing Neen
[1.25 hours] 
Off and Running
[1.50 hours] 
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric
[2 hours] World’s Most Dangerous Drug
TBRI: The Healing Families Video Series (online videos also available)


Credit available is actual time per episode

Foster Parenting Podcast – “Join foster parents T and W as they discuss foster care.”
Add Water and Stir Podcast“Add Water and Stir will focus on promoting adoption within communities of color, especially within the African American community.”
The Forgotten Podcast“Whether you are a part of the foster care community, passionate about serving or simply interested in learning more, we are here for you!” 


[.25 hour] Removed – Part 1
[.5 hourRemoved – Part 2
[2 hours Foster  (HBO documentary – HBO subscription required)
[.25 hour]
Knowing Who You Are: Race Matters (Texas DFPS)
[.25/.50 hour variations] Conversations with CASA
[1.25 hour] Brené Brown: The Call to Courage  (Netflix subscription required) (WARNING: Language Content)
[.25 hour] Beyond the Cliff Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
[.25 hour] Breaking the Silence about Childhood Trauma  Dani Bostick
[.25 hour] Adverse Childhood Experiences Can Be Connectors to Joy  Martha Londagin
[.25 hour] What Trauma Taught Me About Resilience  Charles Hunt
[.25 hour] How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime  Nadine Burke Harris
[.25 hour] Cultural Humility Juliana Mosley, Ph.D.
[.25 hour] No. You Cannot Touch My Hair! Meno Fombo – TEDx
[.25 hour] The Trauma of Being Black In Foster Care Kizzy Lopez – TEDx
[.5 hour] Building Cultural Competency MCPSTV
[1.5 hour] Introduction to LGBTQ Cultural Competency All Children, All Families

[1 hour]
Introduction to TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention®) Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

(Series available to view by registering in CASA College through Texas CASA! DVD’s available at CASA office.)
[.75 hour] “TBRI: An Overview” TBRI: The Healing Families Video Series
[2.5 hours] “Attachment: Why It Matters”
[1.5 hours] “Children from Hard Places and the Brain”
[.5 hour] “Playful Interaction”
[.75 hour] “Healthy Touch”
[1 hour] “A Sensory World”
[.5 hour] “Trust-Based Parenting”
[2.5 hours] “Advocacy for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Course”


[1 hour for article & quiz]
Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn’t Mean  We Can Prevent ACES Video
[.50 hour] Knowing the Protective Factors
[1 hour per module/8 available] CSSP’s Strengthening Families Curriculum 
[.50 hour] How to Talk About Human Trafficking with Children and Adolescents
[2 hours] Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare through Cross-System Collaboration
[2 hours] Fostering Healthy Lives: Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Foster Care and Support Teen Parents in Foster Care
[.50 hour] The Healing Power of “Giving Voice”  Purvis & Cross
[.50 hour per article/15 available] Child Welfare Information Gateway: Series Briefs
[.25 hour] How To Support College Students Who Experienced Foster Care During School Breaks
Disproportionality Resources
Untangling Legal Hoops