Education

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 and Child to Child learning, we are bringing the educational tools to your fingertips.

Listed below are the various topics with links to podcasts, webinars and information on books and articles. For a complete list of live education, CASA events, meetings and focus groups, please visit the CASA Event Calendar through the button below!

As always, if you have recommendations and/or specific needs please talk with your supervisor so we are providing you all that is needed in support of your important role that serves our most vulnerable youth.

Webinars / Illinois State CASA

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

Podcasts / CASA Kane County

The Adoption Process: From Termination of Parental Rights to Post Adoption and Preservation Services, Part I
Podcast Link
(Recorded: June 18, 2012, Length: 14 minutes)
Our guest is Jodi Perko, the Downstate Adoption/Guardianship Supervisor for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS). There are 5 steps in the adoption process: 1. Termination of Parental Rights, 2. Adoption Set as the Goal, 3. The Subsidy Approval Process, 4. The Finalization of the Adoption, 5. Post Adoptive and Preservation Services. In this interview, Jodi discusses the differences between adoption and guardianship and then outlines the steps in the adoption process—starting with the Termination of Parental Rights. At each step of the process Jodi, indicates the potential role that the CASA can play.
1 Credit

The Adoption Process: From Termination of Parental Rights to Post Adoption and Preservation Services, Part II
Podcast Link
(Recorded: June 18, 2012, Length: 22 minutes)
Jodi continues her discussion of the steps in the adoption process—from Adoption Set as the Goal to Post Adoptive and Preservation Services. At each step of the process, Jodi indicates the potential role that the CASA can play.
1 Credit

Adoptions Unlimited
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(Recorded: October 10, 2009, Length: 19 minutes)
Our guests are DeAudrey Davis and Penelope Ford. The Adoption Information Center of Illinois (AICI) is a program under the umbrella organization of Adoptions Unlimited. DeAudrey describes the function of AICI along with additional programs that are concerned with: listing children up for adoption, listing potential families seeking to adopt a child, adoption counseling, and other support and training services. DeAudrey and Penelope end this Podcast with some very specific suggestions as to how the CASA can assist in the adoption process.
1 credit

Videos / CASA Kane County

Adopt Teens 1 Credit
A Place to Call Home – Stories of Foster Care Adoption 1 Credit
Answering the Call, The Collaboration to Adopt Us Kids 1 Credit
Multiple Transitions: A Young Child’s Point of View on Foster Care and Adoption 1 Credit
Finding Forever Families by the Dave Thomas Foundation 1 Credit

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

Podcasts / CASA Kane County

Complex Trauma in Children, Part I
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(Recorded: February 1, 2013, Length: 16 minutes)
Many CASAs have children who have grown up in unusually stressful environments. Within these environments physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse may have persisted over a long period of time–leading potentially to complex trauma. CASAs will learn how to identify the “red flag” behaviors that are strong indicators of complex trauma. Our guest for this two-part program is Jennifer Marett. Jennifer is employed by Northwestern University and is currently providing consultation and assistance in building trauma-informed care to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and other child welfare providers.
1 Credit

Complex Trauma in Children, Part II
Podcast Link
(Recorded: February 1, 2013, Length: 15 minutes)
This is the second part of an interview with Jennifer Marett on strategies on how to bring potential “red flag” behaviors to the attention of the caseworker or a clinician who may be working with the child.
1 Credit

In Their Own Words: Growing Up in Foster Care
Podcast Link
(Recorded: October 10, 2009, Length: 17 minutes)
Our guests 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.
1 Credit

Webinar / Illinois State CASA

Attachment
Link to webinar
1 Credit

Recommended Books

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children
By: Daniel A. Hughes
With the unmistakable authority of a clinician, Dan Hughes builds a stirring story around the composite figure of Katie–a fragmented, tormented, isolated little girl in foster care whose terror, shame, rage and despair drive her to deeds like lacing the family hamburger with her own feces–in order to expose the tragedy of the attachment-impaired child. The author also affirms and demonstrates the possibility of transformative intervention. Allison is the confident, compassionate, and controversial therapist who diagnoses and treats Katie’s profound attachment disorder. Jackie is the therapeutic foster mother who fights to create a lasting bond with Katie by applying Allison’s blend of effective attunement and effective discipline.
3 Credits

Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence

By: Robin Karr-Morse
As the nation becomes alarmed by reports in the media of the growing wave of violent children, Ghosts from the Nursery presents startling new evidence that links aggressive and violent behavior to the effects of abuse and neglect on the infant brain. While violent behavior has typically been traced to adolescence, this book points to the cradle as the genesis of this problem.
3 Credits

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

By: Bruce Perry
How does trauma affect a child’s mind–and how can that mind recover? In the classic The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry explains what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope. Only when we understand the science of the mind and the power of love and nurturing, can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.
3 Credits

Webinars / Illinois State CASA

Children and Electronic Media
Link to webinar
1 Credit

Videos / CASA Kane County Library

Conflict – Understanding It, Managing It and Resolving It, Disc 1 & 2 – Gregory W. Lester, Ph.D. 1 Credit
Safe Babies Court Teams: Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities 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

Growing Up in a Biracial Home
Podcast Link
(Recorded: June 29, 2009, Length: 21 minutes)
Our guest is Jean Woodhouse, who will be sharing her personal story about what it is like to grow up as a child in a biracial home. Jean ends her story by sharing what she has learned as both a biracial person and a child welfare specialist – blending the two experiences and giving CASAs a set of insights and strategies on how to interact with children in a biracial home.
1 Credit

Risk Factors

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(Recorded: October 9, 2009, Length: 20 minutes)
Our guest is Steven Kossman, the Director of Probation and Court Services for Peoria County, Illinois. Against the backdrop of the factors of the “safety net” that is found in a nurturing family environment, Stephen defines the term “risk factor” – the absence or distortion of the safety net or those factors that are the opposite of the factors in a safety net. He then compares and contrasts these risk factors with the “safety net” and discusses how gender generates a unique set of risk factors.
1 Credit

Power of the Gang

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(Recorded: May 7, 2014, Length: 25 minutes)
Gangs arise from the bedrock of poverty and damaged families. For adolescent males from this environment gangs offer instant respect, protection, and money.Under their colorful exteriors of dress, gangster rap, gang signs and symbols is a world of organized crime in which the younger members–called shorties–play the role of pawns in a high-risk low-reward game that can lead to jail or death. Our guest is Brian Olsen, a lieutenant in the Aurora Police Department. Brian will not only provide us a look into this dangerous world–but will offer CASAs some practical advice on how to deal with male adolescents already in a gang or prone to being recruited by one.
1 Credit

For additional information please check out the National Gang Center website www.nationalgangcenter.gov

Webinar / Illinois State CASA

Supporting LGBTQ Youth
Link to webinar
1 Credit

Videos / CASA Kane County Library

An Introductory Conversation on Intersections of Poverty and the ‘Isms’ 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

Domestic Violence, Part I
Podcast Link
(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
Link to webinar
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

The Individual Education Program, Part I
Podcast Link
Recorded: December 15, 2008, Length: 21 minutes)
The guest in this two-part Podcast is Dr. Laura Hedin, an assistant professor of Special Education at Northern Illinois University, where she teaches the Foundations of Special Education courses to graduate students, covering the legal and historical aspects of special education.Within this foundations curriculum, she also teaches students how to write an IEP. In this Podcasts, Dr. Hedin gives us the historical and legal background for the IEP, describes the criteria for determining if a child has special needs, and provides a working definition of the IEP along with procedures for securing special educational services for children who may not initially meet special needs criteria.
1 Credit

The Individual Education Program, Part II

Podcast Link
(Recorded: December 15, 2008, Length: 21 minutes)
In this Podcast, Dr. Hedin tells us how to prepare for an IEP meeting. She goes on to describe a typical meeting and the roles of all participants. Finally, she provides a set of suggestions that will help CASAs balance their advocacy role with the team-based process that is used in this key meeting.
1 Credit

A Conversation with Judge David Soukup, Part I

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(Recorded: October 26, 2009, Length: 15 minutes)
This first Podcast is about CASA’s history and Judge Soukup’s role in its formation – how an organization of 68,000 advocates in over 1,000 state and local programs, that has serviced over 2 million children, started as a simple idea to give the children in King County Washington a voice in Juvenile Court.
1 Credit

A Conversation with Judge David Soukup, Part II

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(Recorded: October 26, 2009, Length: 21 minutes)
With his focus on the present Judge Soukup discusses the extension of CASA’s presence in other courts, the current issue of funding, efforts needed to strengthen the CASA’s overall role, and the critical need to have the advocate population better reflect the ethnic makeup of the community they serve.Moving from the challenges of the present, the conversation shifts to a discussion of how to meet these challenges so that they can have a positive impact on CASA’s future. Our conversation ends with an agenda that Judge Soukup invites interested CASAs to participate in at a local, state, and national level to help shape CASA’s future.
1 Credit

Response to Intervention

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(Recorded: November 28, 2012, Length: 28 minutes)
As an important part of their advocacy, the CASA normally becomes directly involved in the child’s education—reviewing educational records, meeting with teachers, case workers…and, if special needs exist, going to IEP meetings.In this role the CASA seeks to become fully aware of the child’s educational progress, along with discovering any difficulty that their child may be having in school…and what kind of interventions are in place to address them.Response to Intervention or RTI is designed to meet these kinds of educational needs by providing additional services.Our guest is Christine Malecki, a Professor of School Psychology and Director of the School Psychology Program at Northern Illinois University. Her research interests include curriculum-based measurement in reading and writing, and innovative school psychology delivery services such as Response to Intervention.
1 Credit

This is Us: The New American Family

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(Recorded: April 30, 2015, Length: 28 minutes)
This is the story of one man’s quest to adopt three siblings stuck in the social service system, adjust to his new role as a single father, and create a better life for all of them.This is also the story of his three foster children. Their hopes and dreams along with their fears.Anyone who works with abused and neglected children will be moved by their stories. Simple stories about the power of family, the need to feel safe, wanted and loved.Our guest is David Marin, a media company executive and the author of the best-selling book “This is US: The New American Family in which he writes about the greatest adventure of his life–fatherhood. David is also a CASA who brings great insight to all CASAs who deal with children in foster care.thisisus-davidmarin.com
1 Credit

Webinar / Illinois State CASA

Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS)
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1 Credit
School Advocacy – Tips and Tricks
Link to webinar
1 Credit
The Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) Part 1
Link to webinar
1 Credit
The Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) Part 2
Link to webinar
1 Credit

Book Recommendations

“Three Little Words” by: Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Available in CASA Kane County Library
An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice. Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed – and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.
3 Credits

“Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir” by:Shenandoah Chefalo

Shenandoah Chefalo is on a wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endures numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough. After being abandoned by her mother for months at her grandmother’s retirement community, she asks to be put into foster care. Surely she would fare better at a stable home than living with her mother? It turns out that it was not the storybook ending she had hoped for. When a car accident lands her in the hospital with grave injuries and no one comes to visit her during her three-week stay, she realizes she is truly all alone in the world. Overcoming many adversities, Shen became part of the 3% of all foster care children who get into college, and the 1% who graduate. Despite her numerous achievements in life though, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect, and the coping skills that she adapted in her childhood are not always productive in her adult life. Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman’s journey to over- come her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system.
3 Credits

Videos / CASA Kane County Library

The Literacy Coaching Series, Research Informing Practice 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:

Advocacy Strategies to make your IEP more Effective PDF Download
10 Questions Parents Should Ask About Alternate Assessments PDF Download
Wrightslaw Website Link

Podcast / CASA Kane County

Administrative Case Review, Part I
Podcast Link
(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

Podcast Link
(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
Link to webinar
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

Podcast / CASA Kane County

The CASA Role in Probate Court
Podcast Link
(Recorded: June 19 and 29, 2009, Length: 24 minutes)
The guests for this Podcast are Cathy McCoy, the coordinator of the CASA Probate Program, and Michael Yanatov, one of the CASA volunteers who participates in Probate Court. This Podcast starts out with Cathy answering the following questions: What is the history of CASA’s involvement in probate? How many cases are there in a given year, and how are CASAs assigned to them? How does a probate case differ from an abuse and neglect case? What are the steps in the probate process?Michael talks about what it is like to be a probate CASA/GAL. Using actual case examples (that have been disguised to preserve confidentiality), Michael discusses the interview process, and how it is guided by specific questions provided by the court. He then compares and contrasts the probate report from the report that the CASAs submit to the abuse and neglect court.Next he gives us a start-to-finish description of a probate court hearing. Finally, he gives CASAs a thoughtful observation regarding the potential relationship between Probate Court and Abuse and Neglect Court.
1 Credit

An Interveiw with Judge Susan Clancy Boles

Podcast Link
(Recorded: December 4, 2008, Length: 20 minutes)
This Podcast is an interview with Judge Susan Clancy Boles, of the Illinois Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, Juvenile Division’s Abuse and Neglect court. In this Podcast, Judge Boles discusses her judicial philosophy as it relates to the abuse and neglect court, her views on the key parties that appear before her, and how she views CASA’s role-along with the impact that the CASA’s report has on the court.She also discusses features that she would like to see in all CASA reports, along with how the report is integrated into her work process prior to a hearing. The interview ends with a personal reflection by Judge Boles on the value of the CASA to her courtroom.
1 Credit

An Interveiw with Judge Mary Karen Simpson

Podcast Link
(Recorded: December 9, 2008, Length: 17 minutes)
This Podcast is an interview with Judge Mary Karen Simpson, of the Illinois Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, Juvenile Division’s Juvenile Delinquency Court.In this Podcast, Judge Simpson discusses the function and goals of the Juvenile Delinquency Court, describes the court’s process, gives procedural suggestions for the CASA, and her views on the CASA’s role in her court as-well as the potential role they can play in other courts. Judge Simpson also gives examples of how CASAs have supported their minors in other courts. She then encourages the CASAs continued loyal and committed advocacy for their minor in other courts-even when they are not supported by a general order.
1 Credit

From the Circuit Bench: A Judicial Conversation

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(Recorded: June 10, 2011, Length: 25 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 guests for this podcast are Illinois circuit judges Kimberly Koester and David Overstreet. Presiding over different courts circuit judges have a unique perspective – often times seeing the same litigants across different courts – including Abuse and Neglect cases. Adding to this perspective our guests discuss the fact that some of the counties within their circuits have CASAs and others do not – a situation that gives rise to some interesting discussions about the roles CASAs play in their courts – and potential roles in other courts.
1 Credit

The CIPP Meeting (Clinical Intervention Placement for Preservation)

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(Recorded: June 19, 2013, Length: 26 minutes)
Change in placement is almost always disruptive to the child. With this reality in mind, it is both logical and humane to attempt to fix the current placement first, before any effort is made to change it.The Clinical Intervention for Placement Preservation (CIPP) meeting provides a forum for all stakeholders—including the child—to explore ways in which the current placement can be strengthened and preserved or to determine if a change in placement is warranted.The CIPP Meeting is a replacement for the former CAYIT meeting. This interview also replaces the podcast on the CAYIT Meeting.Our guest is Lee Annes, the CIPP Statewide Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
1 Credit

Testifying: Beyond the Basics

Podcast Link
(Recorded: June 10, 2011, Length: 15 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 is Jill Olson, a practicing Illinois attorney and the Executive Director of CASA DeKalb County.There are special circumstances where the CASA may be called upon to testify in the Abuse and Neglect Court. Drawing on her experiences as a CASA pro bono attorney, Jill discusses what the CASA needs to know about testifying in order to become a competent witness.Jill outlines how a CASA can prepare for testimony, discusses the importance of the CASA’s report, gives working definitions for direct and cross examination, explores the types of questions that may be asked by the various parties to the case, and describes how to deal with potential objections.
1 Credit

Mandated Reporting

Podcast Link
(Recorded: March 28, 2015, Length: 15 minutes)
This is a special podcast sponsored by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and CASA Kane County. It is aimed at everyone in Kane County, who, in their official capacity, are in contact with children–individuals who have opportunities to observe indicators that may point to alleged abuse and neglect. Individuals in this role are Mandated Reporters–the topic of this special podcast.Our guests are Kane County State’s Attorney, Joe Mc Mahon, and Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Lark Cowart–who is also the county’s Child Protection and Juvenile Delinquency Supervisor.
1 Credit

The CASA/GAL Report to the Court

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(Recorded: January 13, 2009, Length: 22 minutes)
Our guest for this Podcast is Kathy Furgason, the Director of Advocate Supervision for CASA Kane County. In this Podcast, Kathy comments on the desired content for each section of the CASA/GAL Report to the Court and ends with the “Top 10” suggestions from the CASA Advocate Supervisors-providing all CASAs with a set of experienced-based recommendations that will help them in developing an effective report.Kathy also discusses the various audiences for this report, with special emphasis on the needs of the Juvenile Court Judge. The organizational structure for this Podcast is the report format itself. Consequently, it is suggested that listeners either have a copy of one of their existing reports in front of them or use the sample provided. As listeners follow the structure of the report, they are encouraged to take notes.
1 Credit

Webinar / Illinois State CASA

The Mandated Reporting Process – It’s Challenges and Intricacies
Link to webinar
1 Credit

Additional Resources:

Sample Probate Report PDF Download
Illinois 16th Judicial Circuit Website Link
Sample CAYIT Action Plan PDF Download
Mandated Reporting Toolkit Website Link
CASA Report Form Word Document

Podcast / CASA Kane County

Emotional Impact of Foster Care, Part I
Podcast Link
(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

Podcast Link
(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

Podcast Link
(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
Link to webinar
1 Credit
Autism – Early Indicators, Strategies and Resources
Link to webinar
1 Credit
The Impact of Vicarious Trauma on Helping Professionals
Link to webinar
1 Credit
Grief – What it Looks Like
Link to webinar
1 Credit
The Inner World of a Person with PTSD – Making Sense of Behaviors that Make No Sense
Link to webinar
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.

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.
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Robin and Jo: A CASA Story Part II

Podcast Link
(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

Webinar / Illinois State CASA

Maintaining Personal and Safety as a CASA/GAL
Webinar Link
1 Credit

Additional Resources:

Dispatch Agencies
If you are in an area you would like an escort to, please see the list of agencies near the area you can reach out to.
List of Agencies

 

9-1-1  Need to Know  9-1-1 Public Education
Podcasts

The purpose of our Podcasts is to enhance the knowledge base of our CASA/GAL volunteers so that they can better advocate for their child. This is done through conducting interviews with experts in the fields of child development and juvenile justice who share information on a range of relevant topics.

Additional qualities are:

  • All topics are suggested by our CASA/GAL volunteers, so they are of current interest
  • The Podcasts are short (20-25 minutes)
  • Podcasts can be listened to at any time
  • You can receive 1 inservice credit for each Podcasts you listen to
  • They are free!

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.

Downloading Podcasts
For PC users, right mouse click on the podcast link and select “Save target as…” saving MP3 file to your desktop or other location.
For Apple users, control + mouse click on the podcast link and select “Save link as…” saving MP3 file to your desktop or other location.

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