Trainings

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.
 


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.

OBJECTIVES:

  • 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.

BIOGRAPHY:
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.

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

TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Registration: Closed

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QUESTIONS:
jbrown@californiacasa.org

*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.

Objectives:

  • 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

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

Registration
8:30 AM

Conference
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Questions?
kfinan@californiacasa.org

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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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Biography:
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
REGISTRATION CLOSSED
Questions: kfinan@californiacasa.org or (510) 663-8440

Oakland:
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
REGISTRATION CLOSED
Questions: kfinan@californiacasa.org or (510) 663-8440

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June 19, 2015

CASA Roundtable Discussion: Supporting Healthy Sexual Development in Foster Youth

Time: 9:30 -11:00 am
*Note: The Warrior’s Victory Parade begins at 10:00am. There will be street closures, please use public transportation.

Location: James Irvine Foundation Conference Center
353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza – Oakland, CA

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?

REGISTRATION CLOSED
Questions: Karen Finan (510) 663-8440 or kfinan@californiacasa.org


June 19, 2015

The Impact of Advocacy

Time: Noon – 2:00 pm
*Includes Lunch

Location: James Irvine Foundation Conference Center
353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza – Oakland, CA

Join Foster Youth in Action (FYA) as our multi-generational Research Team presents the initial results & leads a discussion of policy and practice implications of FYA’s multi-year study on the well being & developmental impacts of foster youth leadership & advocacy trainings.

REGISTRATION CLOSED
Questions: Karen Finan (510) 663-8440 or kfinan@californiacasa.org


June 23 and 24, 2015

4th Annual Far North Training and Convening

**Open for Program Staff in the Far North

Location:
Oxford Suites Redding California Hotel
1967 Hilltop Drive • Redding, California 96002

Two day training for local program staff in the Far North counties.

Tuesday, June 23:

  • Morning session: Program Networking and Sharing
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon: The effects of Vicarious Trauma on CASA staff and volunteers with Beverly Kyer, MSW, ACSW
    This training draws on discussion, activities, and reflections concerning CASA volunteers and staffs’ experiences of vicarious trauma through their advocacy with foster youth. Participants will identify the challenges they currently face, and create strategies for maintaining resiliency in the face of over-whelming and emotionally intense demands.

Wednesday, June 24:

  • Morning Session: Effectively using Social Media with Karen Topakian
  • How should we be using Twitter, Facebook and other social media? What are the benefits of having a robust social media plan and presence? CALCASA’s marketing and communications consultant, Karen Topakian will help us understand the importance of social media as part of our outreach and marketing strategy.
  • Lunch and goodbye

May 8, 2015

Vicarious Trauma Training

with Beverly Kyer

This training draws on discussion, activities, and reflections concerning CASA volunteers and staffs’ experiences of vicarious trauma through their advocacy with foster youth. Participants will identify the challenges they currently face, and create strategies for maintaining resiliency in the face of over-whelming and emotionally intense demands.

Training Location:
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
751 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
9:30am to 3:30pm

**This is a free training, open to CASA staff and volunteers. Lunch will be provided.
REGISTRATION CLOSED


March 20, 2015

Vicarious Trauma Training

with Beverly Kyer

This training draws on discussion, activities, and reflections concerning CASA volunteers and staffs’ experiences of vicarious trauma through their advocacy with foster youth. Participants will identify the challenges they currently face, and create strategies for maintaining resiliency in the face of over-whelming and emotionally intense demands.

Training Location:
CASA of Orange County
1505 E. 17th St., Ste. 214
Santa Ana, CA 92705-8520
Phone: (714) 619-5141
9:30am to 3:30pm

**This is a free training, open to CASA staff and volunteers. Lunch will be provided.
REGISTRATION CLOSED


February 3, 2015

LGBTQ Training

The purpose of this training is to create an understanding of the issues faced by LGBTQ youth in foster care, their rights, and learn best practices for their care. Child Advocates of Placer County will be hosting this training session open to CASA staff and volunteers. Please register by Friday, January 30, 2015.

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Sutter Roseville Hospital
1 Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville CA 95661
REGISTRATION CLOSED


January 30, 2015

Understanding and Supporting the Process of Grief and Loss in Children, Youth and Ourselves

Being separated from loved ones and being torn from home and everything familiar is devastating for children and youth. The resulting experiences of loss and grief are profound and lasting. Because children have no choices in this experience, the impact for them is more severe than that for the adults in similar events. The training is designed to increase understanding, awareness and strategies for caretakers and providers who will help the child process, cope and eventually integrate the overwhelming and persistent feelings they are struggling with. We have incorporated experiential exercises to build empathy and sensitivity in care providers.

The pursuing grief forever shapes the internal working model and resultant behaviors for the child. The training also addresses the grief that surfaces for us as we help the youth along this painful journey.

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Location: The California Endowment Center – Oakland Conference Center
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607

*Available to CASA staff and volunteers only. Lunch will be provided.
REGISTRATION CLOSED


August 27, 2014

CalCASA Training of Trainers: Advocate Pride/LGBTQ and After 18 in Los Angeles, CA

The Training of Trainers covers 2 curriculums developed by California CASA. The first is the LGBTQ training, designed to create an understanding of the issues faced by LGBTQ youth in foster care and ensure their right to appropriate and equitable care. The second is the After 18 training, designed to work with young adults remaining in the foster care system.

*For CASA Staff & Trainers Only
REGISTRATION CLOSED


July 9, 2014

CalCASA Training of Trainers: Advocate Pride/LGBTQ and After 18 in Sacramento, CA

The Training of Trainers covers 2 curriculums developed by California CASA. The first is the LGBTQ training, designed to create an understanding of the issues faced by LGBTQ youth in foster care and ensure their right to appropriate and equitable care. The second is the After 18 training, designed to work with young adults remaining in the foster care system.

*For CASA Staff & Trainers Only
REGISTRATION CLOSED


May 15, 2014

California CASA Educational Summit

A day long summit to illuminate the diverse educational needs of children and youth in the dependency system; and provide the latest research, best practices and resources to allow CASA program staff and volunteers to effectively advocate for foster youths’ educational success.

*For CASA Staff Only
REGISTRATION CLOSED

You can view videos and handouts in our Volunteer Resource – Continuing Education Training section.


March 28th, 2014

Attachment and Trauma workshop featuring Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez, LMFT

When a child has had the supports and attention they need in early caregiver relationships, they do better for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately children who do not get such supports and experience childhood trauma, can struggle with emotional dysregulation, poor attachment, and self-destructive behaviors. This course will introduce major theorists in the area of attachment discuss how attachment is affected by trauma, and provide frameworks for addressing and repairing disrupted attachment. Participants will understand the relationship between trauma and attachment; affect regulation and risk taking behaviors. Workshop is appropriate for CASA staff and volunteers.

  • Understanding of major theorists in attachment and attachment styles.
  • Understanding effects of trauma on attachment, emotional regulation, and harmful behaviors.
  • Understanding of frameworks for working with young people with attachment related issues.

*For CASA Staff and Volunteers Only
REGISTRATION CLOSED

You can view videos and handouts in our Volunteer Resource – Continuing Education Training section.


January 17, 2014

Compassion Fatigue in Working with Youth

This training draws on discussion, activities, and reflections concerning CASA volunteers and staffs’ experiences of vicarious trauma through their advocacy with foster youth. Participants will identify the challenges they currently face, and create strategies for maintaining resiliency in the face of overwhelming and emotionally intense demands.

*For CASA Staff and Volunteers Only
REGISTRATION CLOSED

You can view videos and handouts in our Volunteer Resource – Continuing Education Training section.





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