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

Connecting with Youth Using a Trauma-Informed Lens
Tuesday,  August 21st,  12:00-1:30pm
To RSVP, please email

Upcoming Community Workshops

Supporting Youth and Families through Child and Family Teams
Wednesday, August 29th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Register online.

Upcoming Discussion Groups

South County Discussion Group
Tuesday, August 28th, noon-1:30pm
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information.

Almaden Valley Discussion Group
Thursday, August 30th, 7:00-9:00pm
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information.

Ann's Discussion Group
Monday, September 17th, noon-2:00p.m.
If you are a CASA interested in attending, please email for more information.

Past Child Advocates' Workshops

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

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 Rather, we are hoping you will review and evaluate them, taking the good and leaving behind what might be outdated, short-sighted, or inaccurate.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