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

CASA Court Report Writing Workshop (In-Person & Zoom)
Thursday, March 14th, noon.-1:30 p.m.
Do you have a hearing that is coming up and would like additional support to draft the court report? Come join us! Open to all CASAs. This session will be led by CASA Specialist, Kieu Tu. If you are interested in attending, please email to

Upcoming Community Trainings

Child Abuse Prevention Council Symposium
Friday, April 12th, 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
Villa Ragusa, 35 S.2nd St., Campbell 
Mix and mingle with other volunteers and professionals while learning about issues and trends that affect our kids. And, get seven hours of continuing education credit (over half-way to your yearly requirement)! See program highlights here. CASAs can register with a discounted rate. Please email for the promotional code. You must register by April 2nd. 

Upcoming Discussion Groups 

Milpitas Discussion Group
Monday, March 22nd, noon-2:00 p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information.

South County Discussion Group
Tuesday, March 26th, noon-1:00 p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information.

Past Child Advocates' Workshops

Helping Children and Families Affected by Domestic Violence, 12/4/18

Katie A. Overview, 11/29/18

How Public Health Nurses at DFCS Help Our Kids, 10/30/18
Webinar Recording 

Education Advocacy Series, October 2018 
Webinar Recordings coming soon

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)
Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Clara County
Childhood Trauma-Changing Minds
Children's Health Council - Community Connections
Judge Edwards's Blog
Mandated Reporter Training
National CASA Podcast
National LGBT Health Education Center - A Program of the Fenway Institute
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