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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A Special Fundraising Workshop for Northern California CASA Programs

Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq., CEO of California CASA; formerly President/CEO, Voices for Children, 1997 to 2017 and
Anne Farrell, fundraising consultant to California CASA; former Chief Philanthropy Officer, Voices for Children, with 41 years of nonprofit fundraising experience.

CASA programs need stable and well-balanced sources of funding in order to best serve their volunteers and foster children. Learn some of the “tricks of the trade” from two experienced individuals who have first-hand knowledge raising millions of dollars for CASA!

10:00AM – 4:00PM

CASA of Shasta & Tehama
2400 Washington Avenue
Redding, CA 96001


Wednesday, June 29, 2018

Alphabet Soup: Understanding Benefits for Children in Foster Care Webinar

Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, Alliance for Children’s Rights
Brian Blalock, Director of Law and Policy, Tipping Point

This webinar will provide attendees with practical knowledge regarding the public benefits available to children throughout the foster care system. Specifically, we will discuss how to identify and help youth obtain appropriate benefits and supports including a focus on how Continuum of Care Reform impacts our system of foster care rates.

10:00AM – 11:30AM


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cultural Humility

Beverly Kyer MSW, ACSW Trainer

This is a highly “face to face” interactive learning laboratory. Participants will experience the process of engaging in cross-cultural interactions with each other while learning and appreciating the culturally diverse backgrounds in the room.

10:00PM – 3:30PM
The California Endowment
2000 Franklin Street Oakland, CA
Room: Eastmont – Second Floor


Friday, May 18th 2018

Recent Laws and Advocacy for Foster Youth Receiving Psychotropic Medications

Anna Johnson, Attorney at Law, National Center for Youth Law

This webinar was created to inform CASA staff on, case law, statutes, and new trends in dependency.

1:00PM – 3:00PM
274 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Room: The Mezzanine


September 22, 2017

Becoming a Trauma Informed & Resilient Organization

Tracy L. Fauver, LCSW, Executive Director, Yolo County CASA

There is a great deal of attention and excitement these days around being “trauma-informed” or providing “trauma-sensitive” service to children and families, especially in the child welfare system. This training will look at how CASA organizations can take steps to incorporate knowledge of childhood adversity and building resilience into its core mission. We will attempt to answer the question so often posed after an ACEs 101 training – what do we do next?

1:00PM – 4:00PM
1721 Broadway
Telegraph Suite, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612


June 14, 2017

Understanding Grief & Loss in Youth in Foster Care

Beverly Kyer MSW, ACSW Trainer

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.

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

9:00AM – 3:30PM
520 3rd Street, Suite 108
Oakland CA, 94607


May 31, 2017

Compassion Fatigue

Beverly Kyer MSW, ACSW Trainer

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.

1. Participants will be familiar with the factors that cause burnout and techniques for preventing it
2. Participants will understand their own vulnerability to vicarious trauma
3. Participants will discuss new ways to care for themselves
4. Participants will discuss how to support co-workers and how to increase morale
5. Participants will understand their role in preventing burnout

9:00AM – 3:30PM
520 3rd Street, Suite 108
Oakland CA, 94607


May 1, 2017

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

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).

10:30AM – 2:00PM
James Irvine Foundation Center
353 Frank Ogawa Plaza (Dalzel Building)
Oakland, CA 94612


May 26, 2016

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training: Considering Psychological and Emotional Needs

Elise Geltman, LCSW, Supervisor and Trainer at Westcoast Children’s Clinic

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.

1:00PM to 4:00PM
The California Endowment
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607