Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Continuing Education

We provide a wide range of trainings, workshops, books and movies for our CASA volunteers to help them complete their required 1 hour of training for each month of service (read the Continuing Education Policy here (pdf)). For example, a CASA could achieve their 12 hours of continued education by attending a 3 hour training session, watching three 2-hour movies, and reading a 300 page book. These can be done over the course of twelve months. You can also look for suggestions of meeting groups and college coursework in our weekly CASA News email; if you are a CASA in Silicon Valley, email to sign-up. 

A CASA and child playing video gamesChild Advocates’ Workshops


Black Belt Communication
Tuesday, January 16th, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive San Jose
The Santa Clara County Office of Education presents a training focused on identifying passive, passive/aggressive as well as aggressive and assertive communications and the prices/payoffs of each. This workshop will help participants decrease passive and/or aggressive communications and consciously increase their assertive communication. You will also practice using assertion to help heal conflicts. Register online. If needed, the passcode is sccoe1234.

Financial Aid for Foster & Homeless Youth: Completing the FAFSA

Wednesday, January 17th, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
John Burton Advocates for Youth hosts this web seminar focusing on all of the steps and information associated with assisting current and former foster youth and homeless youth with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and applying for financial aid. Attendees will become familiarized with the FAFSA application process,

Attendees will become familiarized with the FAFSA application process, break down what typical financial aid award packages include, and will provide important tips for helping ensure current and former foster youth and homeless youth access maximum aid. Register online.

The Birds and the Bees and Other Things
Wednesday, January 24th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
CASV Training Room, Milpitas
This workshop will address guidelines for age-typical, sex-related questions, how CASAs can be "askable" and "approachable", and ways to address questions related to sex and sexual identity. Our presenters are both experienced health educators for Planned Parenthood. Jenna Peterson, MPH, has been working as a health educator since 2010 with experience teaching to diverse populations within Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Jenna holds a B.A. in psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a graduate degree in public health from San Jose State University. Julia Muruato has been a public educator for over two years and has often worked with high risk populations and parents. This workshop provides two hours of continuing education credit. RSVP to

Film Screening and Discussion- Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope
Friday, January 26th, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
SSA Auditorium, 333 W. Julian Street, San Jose
The Santa Clara County (SCC) ACEs Network in partnership with SCC Behavioral Health Services Department, SCC Public Health Department and FIRST 5 will host a discussion and screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope. The afternoon's goal is that the audience will walk away with a deeper understanding of how ACEs impact them, their family members and their community and know how to access resources that can support them in the healing process. Registration is limited and online.


Mandated Reporter Training
Thursday, February 1st, 10:00-noon or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Educational Services 2408 Clove Drive, San Jose.
Mandated Reporter Training is offered at no cost for anyone who works or resides in Santa Clara County, including CASAs. To RSVP, email the presenter, Jane Smithson, J.D. The training flyer can be found online.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
Saturday, February 3rd, 10:00-noon
CASV Training Room, Milpitas
This workshop, led by professionals at the YWCA, will address identifying CSEC risk factors, forms of child sexual exploitation, behavioral and social impacts, and how to respond when interacting with at-risk youth. This workshop provides two hours of continuing education credit. RSVP to

Transition Age Youth Conference ?
Tuesday, February 6th, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Downtown Sacramento
This conference provides an opportunity to take an in-depth look at transition age youth programs to celebrate achievements and share best practices while recognizing the challenges that still exist and offering innovative ideas to address them. Hosted by the California Department of Social Services and The Child and Family Policy Institute of California. More information and registration can be found online.

Narcan Training for Collaborative Court Teams
Wednesday, February 21st, 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.
Family Justice Center Courthouse, 201 N. first Street, Judicial Conference Rm., 8th Floor, San Jose
Join the collaborative court teams at the Family Justice Center Courthouse to learn more about the use of Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, which blocks opiod receptors in the brain to reverse the effects of an overdose. This one-hour training will be provided by Anjanette DeVito, Nurse Manager for the Addiction Medicine Clinic, Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. Registration online required.


Workshop & Webinar: CASA Best Practices
Date/Time: Thursday, March 22nd, 12pm-1:30pm
Location: CASV Training Room, Milpitas or via Webinar
Join us live in the Milpitas Training Room, or join us virtually, for a training about CASA best practices. Executive Director, Karen Scussel, and Director of Programs, Stacy Castle, will review common CASA dilemmas, case transitions, maintaining boundaries, and dealing with expectations.
For live participation, RSVP to To join us via webinar, register here:

Case vs Continuing Education Hours?

We collect case hour information annually and provide it to the California Judicial Council, so please estimate as closely as possible the number of hours you've spent on your assigned case. Include in your case hours: email, texts, phone conversations, driving to and from appointments, CFT's, MYTIME meetings, school meetings, and any additional support you've offered to the case over-all, in addition to the time that you spent with your advocate child(ren). All of these should be reported in the number of hours you've spent on the case. Continuing education hours are for classes, books, workshops, etc.

Self-Directed Learning

Note: Please approach the works below with a critical eye -- we're not endorsing the views, theories, or approaches outlined in the hundreds of media options below. Rather, we are hoping you will review and evaluate them, taking the good and leaving behind what might be outdated, short-sighted, or inaccurate. 

CASAs receive 1 hour of credit for every 100 pages of a recommended book ( limit of up-to 3 hours) and hour-for-hour credit for movies/TV shows. Here are nearly 300 more options (pdf) if none of the ones below connect with you. Remember to list it on your Monthly Report to tell your supervisor when you've finished!