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 gamesCase 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.

Upcoming CASA Workshops & Discussion Groups


Past Workshops

CASA Best Practices

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 Rather, we are hoping you will review and evaluate them, taking the good and leaving behind what might be outdated, short-sighted, or inaccurate.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!