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

Annual CASA Education Certification Program
Learn about the supports and services of our partners and how to best support the education of your CASA youth. Talk with experienced CASAs regarding tips and tools for effective educational advocacy.  You can attend one, two or all three of the sessions.  If you complete all three, you will be credited with the full certification and receive a special education resource book. If you are interested in attending, please email
Tuesday, October 9th, 6-9 p.m.
DFCS Education Services Unit, Nikki Becerra; Silicon Valley Children's Fund, Sherry Brooks & Ashley Matysiak. 
Thursday, October 11th, 6-9 p.m.
Foster Youth and Special Education Laws, Patti Massey, J.D., LACY Education Services Unit.
Tuesday, October 16th, 6-9 p.m.
CASA Panel: Best Practices & Working with Teachers and Administrators- Tips, Tools & Scenarios. 

Upcoming Community Trainings

Mandated Reporter Training 
Monday, October 1st, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. or Thursday, October 11th, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center 
Educational Services 
2408 Clove Drive, 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

South County Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 16th, noon-1:00p.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
Childhood Trauma-Changing Minds
Mandated Reporter Training
UC Davis Extension Center for Human Services

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