California CASA offers specific trainings on a wide range of topics for CASA staff and volunteers statewide. We try to keep costs to a minimum to enable maximum participation. Below, you can view upcoming and recent trainings, register online, and download training materials.

June 14, 2017

Understanding Grief & Loss in Youth in Foster Care

Speaker: Beverly Kyer, MSW, ACSW


May 31, 2017

Compassion Fatigue

Speaker: Beverly Kyer, MSW, ACSW


May 1, 2017

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Trainers: MISSSEY and California Child Welfare Survivors Advisory Board

California CASA is pleased to offer a training by MISSSEY and California Child Welfare Survivors Advisory Board on supporting and advocating youth involved or at risk for CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children).

10:30 am – 2:00 pm

James Irvine Foundation Center
353 Frank Ogawa Plaza (Dalzel Building)
Oakland, CA 94612


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May 26, 2016

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training: Considering Psychological and Emotional Needs

Trainer: Elise Geltman, LCSW

This three hour training will provide basic information about CSEC, vulnerabilities for exploitation, and systemic issues. We will then turn to reviewing trauma information and considering how trauma impacts CSEC. Lastly, we will focus on how to engage and support CSEC while also considering the special challenges we encounter when serving this population.


  • Participants will learn to recognize vulnerabilities and risk factors for commercial or sexual exploitation in youth.
  • Participants will learn to recognize signs of commercial or sexual exploitation for currently or previously victimized youth or young adults.
  • Participants will practice inclusive, non-stigmatizing, non-judgmental language and techniques for working with CSEC.
  • Participants will learn how to integrate information about CSEC and their needs into service/treatment planning.
  • Participants will increase their own awareness about their own discomfort, biases or preconceived notions about CSEC.
  • Participants will improve understanding of trauma-informed care and the long-term impacts of trauma.
  • Participants will learn about the unique ways in which previous abuse impacts increased risk for future victimization.

Elise Geltman, LCSW is a Supervisor and Trainer at Westcoast Children’s Clinic. She has focused on serving sexually exploited adolescent girls in Westcoast’s C-Change program. Elise studied at Smith College School for Social Work and continued her training at SFCP with a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is currently President Elect of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

California Endowment
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Registration: Closed

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*Hosted by California CASA Association with generous support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation

April 16, 2016

Understanding Grief & Loss in Youth in Foster Care

Speaker: Beverly Kyer, MSW, ACSW

The trauma of being separated from loved ones and everything familiar is devastating for youth in foster care. The loss and grief our children experience is profound and lasting, and this is further compounded by their lack of choices in the process. This training is designed to increase your understanding and strategies as a CASA to help your youth process, cope, and eventually integrate his/her experiences of grief and loss.


  • Learn the stages, triggers and reactions to grief in children and ourselves
  • Learn how to help your youth manage and move through grief
  • Learn to honor grief as a natural process and healing as an ongoing process
  • Learn methods to promote phases of healing

Join fellow Advocates and Staff

Mariners Church, Upper Room
5001 Newport Coast Dr, Irvine, CA 92603

8:30 AM

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

*Lunch provided by Corner Bakery
*Earn 5.5 hours of CASA continuing education credit for attending.



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March 11th and 30th 2016

Infant and Toddler Brain Development- Surviving and Thriving after Trauma

Susan True, Presenter

  • Are you an advocate for a child birth-5 years old?
  • Do you worry about how trauma and stress have impacted your CASA child’s life?
  • Do you wonder what you can do to help foster healthy development?
  • Do you wonder what you can do with your young CASA child to prevent disparities?
  • Would you like to learn about how adult interactions with children build neural connections that contribute to healthy life outcomes – from literacy to disease prevention?

Please join us for one of the training offered below:

Date: March 11, 2016
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Location: San Diego Voices for Children
*You will receive the address to the training after you register.


Date: March 30, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: The California Endowment
1111 Broadway – Oakland, CA 94607


Susan True is the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Director of Education Ventures and Strategy. Susan’s work is focused on moving the needle on indicators of child well-being and measurably closing the opportunity gap. She holds a Master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Susan served for eight years as Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County where she led the county’s investment in children birth to five years old. She was elected to the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees in 2008 and reelected in 2012. Susan served as the executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Cruz County until 2004 and, prior, was the founder of a grassroots HIV prevention program. She has also been a foster parent and advocated for improvements in the child welfare system. In 2014, she led the development of the Talk, Read, Sing campaign for the Bay Area Council.

February 8th and 26th 2016

CASA Roundtable Discussion: Supporting Healthy Sexual Development in Foster Youth

We are very pleased to offer a training in both Oakland and Los Angeles on supporting Healthy Sexual development in foster youth. A panel of former foster youth led by Vanessa Hernandez, statewide policy coordinator for California Youth Connection, will discuss healthy sexual development and normalizing curiosity for youth in foster care. A normal part of human development is sexual curiosity and interest. How can foster youth, often in group homes or foster homes with little or no privacy develop healthy sexual identities?

Los Angeles:
Date: February 8, 2016
Time 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: California Endowment Building 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Registration: Open to all staff & volunteers
Questions: or (510) 663-8440

Date: February 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: California Endowment Building 1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607

Registration: Open to all staff & volunteers
Questions: or (510) 663-8440

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