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All Classes are held at our office:
421 High St., Suite 220
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 723-0521
e-mail: office@casa-cc.org

CASA University - Advocate Training

  • Overview/Description, Class Schedule, & Registration
  • Prerequisite: CASA 101 Orientation
  • First Wednesday of every month 6 to 7 PM

Call for details. Drop-ins are always welcome.

  • All other classes do not have to be taken in order.
  • To attend the class Pulling it all Together you must have completed a minimum of 6 classes, excluding CASA 101.
  • All classes and other requirements must be completed within 6 months.
  • Must be 21 years of age

The class, date, and time listed below. Class schedules are subject to change. Please check schedule prior to attending.

CASA Advocate Class Schedule

Please call the office to check for updates. All classes and other requirements must be completed within 6 months. Schedule is subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 503.723.0521.

Tuesday 8/26 CASA 101 Training Orientation
Columbia Bank, 1455 SE 1st Ave., Canby 97013
6:00 – 7:00 pm
September 2014
Tuesday 9/9 The CASA Volunteer Role - Ch. 1 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Thursday 9/11 Developing Cultural Competence (Ch.3) 9:00 am – Noon
Tuesday 9/16 Understanding Families - I (Ch.4) 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Thursday 9/18 Understanding Families - II (Ch. 5) 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday 9/22 Understanding Children (Ch.6) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 9/24 Introduction to Law, the Child Protection System & the Courts (Ch.2) 9:00 am - Noon
Tuesday 9/30 Communicating as a CASA (Ch.7) 9:00 am - Noon
October 2014
Thursday 10/2 Gathering Information (Ch.8) 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday 10/6 Reporting & Monitoring (Ch.9) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Thursday 10/9 Pulling It All Together (Ch.10)** 9:00 am - Noon
TBA TBD Court Expectations, (by our judge) TBD (One Hour)
Tuesday 10/14 The CASA Volunteer Role - Ch. 1 9:00 am – Noon
Thursday 10/16 Developing Cultural Competence (Ch.3) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Monday 10/20 Understanding Families - I (Ch.4) 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10/22 Understanding Families - II (Ch. 5) 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Monday 10/27 Understanding Children (Ch.6) 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10/29 Introduction to Law, the Child Protection System & the Courts (Ch.2) 5:30 - 8:30 pm
November 2014
Tuesday 11/4 Communicating as a CASA (Ch.7) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Thursday 11/6 Gathering Information (Ch.8) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 11/12 Reporting & Monitoring (Ch.9) 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday 11/17 Pulling It All Together (Ch.10)** 5:30 – 8:30 pm
** Before attending Pulling It All Together, you must have completed a minimum of 6 classes (not including CASA 101).
Court Expectations Class is 1-hour long, taught by our judge. Trainees will be notified of the date and time as soon as scheduled.
Classes / Description
CASA 101 - Orientation

Law, Child Protection, Courts
Juvenile court/dependency system and different types of hearings in Clackamas Oregon

Developing Cultural Competence
Understand the adverse effects of bias and discrimination. Learn to recognize own bias. Strive to increase cultural competence and sensitivity.

Understanding Families (1)
Understand strength-based approach to family and children. Identify risk factors associated with abuse and neglect. Understand how stress, mental illness and domestic violence impact families.

Understanding Families (2)
How substance abuse and poverty impact families and children. Why poverty is a risk factor for children. Why the "minimum sufficient level of care" standard is in the best interest of the child.

Understanding Children
Child development, attachment, separation and loss, permanence, resilience, importance of visits and bonding, a child's sense of time in order to advocate effectively for a child.

Court Expectations

Communicating as a CASA
Understand the importance of developing collaborative communication styles.  Understand the importance of listening.

Gathering Information
Learn how to gather information. Become familiar with parties and court documents.

Reporting & Monitoring
Community resources, recommendations, presentation of recommendations in court. Monitoring your case. Principles.

The CASA Volunteer Role
CASA Mission; Best Interest; Role of CASA in statutory authority and limitation of the role.

*Pulling It All Together
(To attend this class you must have completed a minimum of 6 classes, including CASA 101)

Child Advocates are using CASA Coaches

The National CASA Association encourages CASA programs to consider using experienced CASA volunteers to mentor less experienced CASA volunteers. Some of our current CASA volunteers have been assigned to trained CASA Coaches to pilot this project.

The current supervisors will become "CASA Managers" and supervise the CASA Coaches. This allows us to serve almost twice as many children for the same amount of overhead costs. Our goal is to increase the number of children served by CASAs without compromising the quality of our volunteer advocacy efforts.

In addition to the current CASAs being supervised by CASA Coaches, coaches will help staff provide "on-the-job" training and supervision by mentoring newly sworn CASA volunteers. Over time, Child Advocates will recruit enough coaches to implement the peer mentoring model in full. We estimate the transition will take one to two years.

If you have questions about the process as we transition to this new model of supervision, please feel free to talk to any of the CASA coaches or program staff.

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