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 for continuing education in our weekly CASA News email.

*Continuing education hours are different than case hours. Example of case hours include: time that you spent with your advocate child(ren), email, texts, phone conversations, driving to and from appointments, school meetings, and any additional support you've offered to the case over-all.

Upcoming Child Advocates’ Workshops

Workshop & Webinar: Katie A. - How Our Youth Access Mental Health Services
Thursday, November 29th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 Katie A. Coordinator, Gayle Peitso, LCSW, will discuss how our youth are connected to mental health services, the types and levels of services available, and how services are modified. Earn one-and-a-half hours of continuing education credit. RSVP to if you plan to attend in the classroom. Register online for webinar attendance. 

Workshop & Webinar: Helping Children and Families Impacted by Domestic Violence
Special Guest: Judge Clark
Tuesday, December 4th, 6:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.

Child Advocates Training Room, Milpitas
For webinar attendance, Register online
RSVP to if you plan to attend in the classroom.

Join us as Judge L. Michael Clark discusses treatment available for victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence, the effectiveness of batterer's programs, Santa Clara County's participation in a pilot project that looks at alternatives to the traditional 52-week treatment program, and the role restraining orders play.

Judge L. Michael Clark was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court in 2008. He currently sits in Criminal Drug Treatment Court. During his time on the bench he has served in a variety of assignments including: Supervising Judge of the Family Division; Assistant Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Dependency Division; Family Court Domestic Violence Judge; Family Court All-Purpose Judge; and Drug Treatment Court Judge for Family Court and Juvenile Dependency Court. He currently serves as chair for his Court’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, co-chair for the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council’s Court Systems Committee, and is a member of the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Council. He also teaches juvenile dependency and domestic violence courses for judges and lawyers. 

Workshop & Webinar: Basics of Substance Use and Addiction, and Corresponding Treatment Services in Santa Clara County
Tuesday, December 11th, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Child Advocates Training Room, Milpitas
For webinar attendance, Register online

Steve Lownsbery, MFT, will discuss key elements of addiction and will provide an overview of substance use treatment services in Santa Clara County.  Steve is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience, beginning as an adolescent specialist. He joined Substance Use Treatment Services (SUTS) in 2013 and is now the Clinical Standards Coordinator for SUTS. He focuses on integration elements for the county, program development, quality clinical focus and client care, seeking to promote wellness and recovery in the county behavioral health system.

Upcoming Community Trainings

Webinar - Set Up for Success: Supporting Foster Youth College Transition
Friday, November 9th, 3:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Hosted by California CASA, this webinar is presented by John Burton Advocates for Youth. In today’s economy, completion of a post-secondary credential, whether a vocational certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond is essential for those entering the work force. Despite this, only eight percent of foster youth successfully obtain a degree. This webinar will provide strategies that CASAs can use to ensure that foster youth can successfully transition into post-secondary education and attain their educational goals. Register online.

Mandated Reporter Training 
Wednesday, November 14th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Social Services Agency
333 W. Julian Street, 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.

Upcoming Discussion Groups

Mountain View Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 13th, 6:00-7:30p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information

Almaden Valley Discussion Group
Thursday, November 15th, 7:00-9:00p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information.

South County Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 20th, noon-1:30 p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information.

Ann's Discussion Group
Monday, December 3rd, noon-2:00 p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information.

Past Child Advocates' Workshops

Symantec Cyber Security Webinar: FAST - Fostering A Secure Tomorrow, 9/3/18
Webinar Recording

Connecting with Youth Using a Trauma-Informed Lens, 8/21/18
Webinar Recording 

Can they do that? The Ins & Outs of Regulating Children's Placements, 7/25/18
Webinar Recording

Understanding and Communicating with 0 to 5 Year Olds, 5/9/18
Webinar Recording

CASA Best Practices, 3/22/18
Webinar Recording

Other Online Resources

All Children - All Families: Online Learning Offerings
Alliance for Children's Rights
California CASA Continuing Education
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC)
Childhood Trauma-Changing Minds
Children's Health Council - Community Connections
Mandated Reporter Training
UC Davis Extension Center for Human Services
The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative 

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!

Self Directed Learning: Books and Movies

Books and Movies as resources