CASA/GAL VOLUNTEER EDUCATION & COMPLIANCE

As a CASA/GAL volunteer you are required to receive 12-20 continuing education credits. To meet your needs from a CASA to CASA – Case to Case – Child to Child learning, we are bringing the educational tools to your fingertips from electives to core learning both live and online.

CASA/GAL Volunteer Education

CORE (Continuing Opportunities to Refresh & Educate)

CASA 101 -
Refresher of Excellence

A refresher in core programmatic information used to update CASA/GAL volunteers.

Recertification for Abuse & Neglect

A review of foundational material pertinent to Abuse and Neglect cases for CASA/GALs that have recently closed or haven’t taken a case in several months and are looking to accept a case.

Recertification & Training for Probate

A review of foundational material pertinent to Probate cases for CASA/GALs. Offered twice a year. Required once a year for volunteers dealing with Probate cases.

Post-Training
Class

After Pre-Service training volunteers are required to attend Post-Training that will help solidify the foundational elements learned in training.

CASA/GAL Volunteer Compliance

  • Volunteer handbook
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Whistle Blower
  • Code of Ethics
  • Fingerprint and Background check
  • Social Media Policy
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Videos:
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Confidentiality Agreement

ELECTIVES

Podcast / CASA Kane County

Domestic Violence, Part I
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(Recorded: July 18, 2013, Length: 18 minutes)
The impact of domestic violence is both short and longterm. Not only are victims and family members in immediate danger of physical and psychological injury, they are also involved in a dynamic that, over time, validates a set of dangerous stereotypes centered on power and control–stereotypes that are passed on to a potential new generation of victims and perpetrators.In this podcast we will look at the foundational elements of domestic violence and how they exist within what is called “The Cycle of Violence.”
1 Credit

Domestic Violence and Children, Part II

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(Recorded: July 18, 2013, Length: 15 minutes)
In the first podcast of this series, we examined the foundational elements of domestic violence and how they exist within a model called “The Cycle of Violence.” In this podcast, our focus is on how domestic violence impacts children and how CASAs and caseworkers should work with these silent victims.
1 Credit

Understanding & Responding to Child Sexual Abuse

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(Recorded: April 17, 2014, Length: 18 minutes)
What is child sexual abuse? How pervasive is it? What are its signs and how should a CASA respond if they suspect this type of abuse? Our guest, Kimberly Steward, addresses these questions head on–giving CASAs important strategies as to how to proceed when sexual abuse is suspected.
1 Credit

Strong in Broken Places

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(Recorded: February 13, 2014, Length: 20 minutes)
Many of the children that we work with have been sexually abused. For the most part these children have no voice–no way of putting into words what they have gone through. Our guest, a survivor of sexual abuse as a young child, gives them a voice. Along with being a survivor, Kimberly Steward has served children in many roles that have allowed her to draw on her past experience.
1 Credit

Webinar / Illinois State CASA

Children of Domestic Violence
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1 Credit

Additional Resources:

Darkness to Light, end child sexual abuse www.d2l.org
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence www.ilcadv.org
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence www.ncadv.org
Kimberly Steward, Author & Speaker www.kimberlysteward.com

Podcast / CASA Kane County

Emotional Impact of Foster Care, Part I
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(Recorded: June 9, 2011, Length: 16 minutes)
This podcast is part of a series featuring speakers from the 2011 Illinois State CASA Conference, held on June 10th on the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.Our guest for this 2 part podcast series is Adam Robe. Adam has a unique background. He is a successful author, child care worker, and key note speaker on the topic of foster placement. He has also served as a CASA. But what is really unique about Adam is that he is also a former foster child. In the first part of our series, Adam talks about how he came into the foster care system and the impact that has had on him and his siblings.
1 Credit

Emotional Impact of Foster Care, Part II

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(Recorded: June 9, 2011, Length: 16 minutes)
Along with his unique background as a foster child and CASA, Adam Robe is the author of the Robbie Rabbit series and a contributing author of Flux, a book aimed at older youth in foster care. In the last part of our series, Adam shares the relationship between his books and his personal experiences, along with his motivation for writing them. He ends the discussion with a number of insights and resources that all CASAs will find useful.
1 Credit

In Their Own Words: Growing Up in Foster Care

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(Recorded: October 10, 2009, Length: 17 minutes)
Our guests for this Podcast are Derrick, Mica, and Monique-three young college students who started their journey in the foster care system. These 3 young adults offer a unique set of insights into the trauma of being separated from their home and families, the importance of maintaining family contacts, and how encouragement by trusted adults was critical to the formation of their life and career goals. It is also a story of a unique Youth Guidance program that played a key role in making a collage education a reality.During their high school years, these young adults joined a Youth Guidance program called Project Strive-where they were not only influenced by key adults but exposed to the possibility of college. Eugene Robinson, the Post-Secondary Program Manager for Project Strive, describes the program…with Derrick, Mica, and Monique sharing how they were motivated and personally challenged by the program’s staff.
1 Credit

Webinars / Illinois State CASA

Understanding Self Harm
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1 Credit
Autism – Early Indicators, Strategies and Resources
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1 Credit
The Impact of Vicarious Trauma on Helping Professionals
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1 Credit
Grief – What it Looks Like
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1 Credit
The Inner World of a Person with PTSD – Making Sense of Behaviors that Make No Sense
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1 Credit

Videos

Personality Disorders – Advanced Treatment and Management 1 Credit
Managing Personality Disorders – the Ones Who Make You and Drive you Crazy, Disc 1 & 2 1 Credit
Behavioral Chain Analysis, The Most Powerful Technique for Changing Client Behavior, The Dr. Lester Live Series 1 Credit
ADHS and Co-Disorders Through the Life Span 1 Credit

*Videos are in the CASA Kane County Library, please contact Lindsey at lindseyh@casakanecounty.org for information on checking videos out.

Webinars / Illinois State CASA

Fentanyl, Sizzurp, Vaping and Other Current Drug Trends
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1 Credit
The Opioid Crisis in Illinois
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1 Credit

 

Videos / CASA Kane County Library

The Anonymous People, A Ground Breaking Documentary on Addiction and Recovery
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.
1 Credit

Addiction: HBO Documentary
The feature-length documentary film Addiction is the centerpiece of the Addiction project. Bringing together the nation’s leading experts with award- winning filmmakers, it consists of nine separate segments, including: “Saturday Night in a Dallas ER,” by Jon Alpert; “A Mother’s Desperation,” by Susan Froemke and Albert Maysles; “The Science of Relapse,” by Eugene Jarecki and Susan Froemke; “The Adolescent Addict,” by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; “Brain Imaging,” by Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy; “Opiate Addiction: A New Medication,” by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; “Topiramate: A Clinical Trial for Alcoholism,” by Alan and Susan Raymond; “Steamfitters Local Union 638,” by Barbara Kopple; and “Insurance Woes,” by Susan Froemke.Addiction is produced by John Hoffman and Susan Froemke; executive produced by Sheila Nevins.
1 Credit

*Videos are in the CASA Kane County Library, please contact Lindsey at lindseyh@casakanecounty.org for information on checking videos out.

Podcast / CASA Kane County

Administrative Case Review, Part I
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(Recorded: October 30, 2008, Length: 21 minutes)
The guest in this two-part Podcast series is Lea Pinshower, the Administrative Case Review (ACR) Program Manager for the DCFS Northern Region-including Kane CountyIn this Podcast, Lea describes a typical ACR, who attends it, their individual responsibilities, and the support documentation that all attendees should be familiar with. Special attention is paid to the CASA’s role in the ACR. Lea also clarifies a new policy which allows the CASA to attend the entire ACR due to their special GAL status.
1 Credit

Administrative Case Review, Part II

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(Recorded: October 30, 2008, Length: 13 minutes)
In this Podcast, Lea discusses what happens after the ACR. She describes the content of the Feedback Summary – an internal report filed by the ACR case reviewer – and its potential impact on the case.She also gives examples of “critical issues” noted in the Feedback Summary that can trigger an important action meeting called the Interim Review. She also describes the CASA’s role in this meeting.
1 Credit

Webinar / Illinois State CASA

Reality & Resiliency – The Educational Needs of Former Foster Youth
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1 Credit

Videos / CASA Kane County Library

Alone No More 1 Credit

*Videos are in the CASA Kane County Library, please contact Lindsey at lindseyh@casakanecounty.org for information on checking videos out.

Additional Resources:

ACR FAQ Pamphlet Download Pamphlet

Podcasts / CASA Kane County

Robin and Jo: A CASA Story Part I
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(Recorded: August 28, 2012, Length: 24 minutes)
This is the first of a two-part series on the unique relationship between one of our Kane County CASAs and her young adult. Our guests are Robin Beck and her CASA/GAL Jo Rydland.Jo was assigned to Robin’s case when Robin was 14 years old. Jo’s role as a CASA/GAL will end when Robin turns 21 in November this year.Robin and Jo were invited speakers at the 2012 National CASA Conference in Washington, DC. As part of their presentation, CASA Kane County commissioned a video in which Robin talked about a set of circumstances from her past that were too painful to relate in person. After the video, both talked about their relationship and answered many questions from the audience. Their presentation ended with a standing ovation.In this first part of our series, Robin and Jo look back on their relationship of almost 8 years – answering questions and offering insights to all CASAs seeking to understand the unique point-of-view of their child.
1 Credit

Robin and Jo: A CASA Story Part II

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(Recorded: August 28, 2012, Length: 15 minutes)
This is the second of a two-part series on the unique relationship between one of our Kane County CASAs and her young adult. Our guests are Robin Beck and her CASA/GAL Jo Rydland.In this last part of our series, Robin and Jo quickly move from responding to specific question to a candid and spirited interchange with each other. The result provides the listener a personal look at the emotional dynamics between these equally unique individuals – as the court phase of their relationship comes to a close and they consider how their future relationship may change.
1 Credit

CASA Kane County Podcast Disclaimer:
The thoughts and opinions expressed in the CASA Kane County Podcasts do not necessarily represent or reflect the opinions and/or policies of LearnSure, Inc., CASA Kane County, its state organization (Illinois CASA), its national organization (The National CASA Association) or its members. The thoughts and opinions in each Podcast are the sole personal expression of the interviewee.

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Videos
For videos in the CASA Kane County Library, please contact Lindsey at lindseyh@casakanecounty.org to reserve and check out.