So, you’re ready to be a CASA? Let the (virtual) training commence!
Posted on May 21st, 2020
You did it. You finally went to a Volunteer Information Session—perhaps virtually—and learned more about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Your questions were answered, and now you’re fired up and ready to be the voice for a child who needs you. This can only mean one thing…it’s time for your training to officially commence.
Do not fear, for this is no military boot camp or dreaded college economics class in which you are about to enroll. Child Advocates’ uniquely crafted, flexible and interactive learning experience may just surprise you. In fact, it is our humble opinion that you will be steered by the best and brightest in the field as we embark on this journey together.
We’ll begin with your CASA Coach, Jessica Adams. She and the Volunteer Training Director, Chris Mundy, will be your teachers, your cheerleaders and your main points of contact throughout the new virtual training process—and with over three decades of combined experience working with children, Chris and Jessica are eager to bring more people along for the journey of advocating for our youth.
“I love helping people,” says Jessica. “I understand that how a person is trained can make or break their overall experience, and I’m committed to making sure our CASA volunteers learn in a way that truly prepares them for the job.”
In addition to the expertise of your volunteer trainers, other knowledgeable industry leaders including attorneys and licensed therapists, will share their expertise with incoming CASA volunteers.
Volunteers will complete online modules and eventually will have the opportunity to participate in courtroom observations once it’s appropriate and safe following the COVID-19 pandemic. Varying class options are available to accommodate “real life” schedules, meaning plenty of evening and weekend opportunities.
Throughout this educational experience, each participant will undergo approximately 30 hours of training. However, we understand that the learning doesn’t end there.
“If someone needs additional support, we regularly offer one-on-one training,” says Jessica.
You can rest assured knowing that the Child Advocates volunteer team will be there for you throughout the entire process. When it comes to the highlights, here’s what you can expect:
- Interactive classes
- Plenty of humor
- The opportunity to learn something new every day
Haven’t signed up for your training class yet? What are you waiting for? Email us today and we’ll happily enroll you in CASA University (aka, volunteer training).