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Volunteer Continuing Education

Continuing Education: Recorded Trainings & Webinars

This section offers suggestions for recorded trainings and webinars that volunteers can watch for continuing education hours. The recordings indicate the number of applicable continuing education hours and include a brief summary of the topics covered. 

Upon completion of any of the continuing education opportunities listed below, document your experience by completing the KCN Volunteer Continuing Education Form. You will automatically receive a copy of your responses, which you should then forward to your Local Program for its continuing education records. You should complete the form each time you complete a training opportunity. If you have questions about the form or any of the opportunities listed below, please contact us.

All Children-All Families

All Children-All Families provides recorded webinars about serving LGBTQ children, youth, and families. 

Achieving Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being by Improving Practice with LGBTQ Youth and Families

This webinar was a collaborative project between All Children All Families and National CASA. Watch this webinar to develop a greater understanding of: the strengths, challenges and value of LGBTQ adults, parents, and families; what they can offer a CASA program; and how to better serve these children in your role as a CASA volunteer. (1 hour) 

Introduction to LGBTQ Competency

This 90-minute webinar will cover foundational information related to serving LGBTQ youth and families. Topics to be addressed include key terminology and concepts, an overview of the barriers faced by LGBTQ youth and families in child welfare, and the steps all service providers can take to overcome these barriers. (1.5 hours) 

Navigating Conversations on Religion & The LGBTQ Community

This webinar is designed for professionals looking to increase their knowledge and comfort level related to navigating conversations around religion and LGBTQ identities. Topics include an overview of affirming faith positions on LGBTQ topics, resources for responding to faith-based concerns as agencies welcome LGBTQ-headed families, and guides available for LGBTQ people of faith. (1 hour)

The Role of Youth Advocates in Developing Affirming Families for LGBTQ Youth

Many agencies understand the need to develop more affirming families for LGBTQ youth in care, yet struggle to meet the family-based placement needs of this vulnerable population. In this webinar, You Gotta Believe, an agency in Coney Island, NY, will present the strategies behind its innovative and impactful model for engaging Youth Advocates in finding permanent families for adolescents, including LGBTQ youth. (1 hour) 

School-Based Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

In this webinar, you will learn about the risk factors for LGBTQ youth in education settings and how this intersects with their out-of-home care status. You will also explore best practices to help ensure that LGBTQ foster youth have a welcoming and supportive school experience, and learn about school resources, behaviors, and policies that can encourage the healthy development of LGBTQ youth and create the building blocks for their lifelong opportunities and academic success. (1 hour)

CapLEARN - Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative Recorded Webinars

CapLEARN is the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative tool that provides access to training, knowledge, and skills to promote professional leadership development. You can view the previously recorded webinars and videos. In order to view these, you must first create a free account. 

Helping LGBTQ Families Navigate the Child Welfare System

Provides an overview of the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) families involved with the child welfare system as either prospective foster and adoptive families or as families in need of services. This webinar also describes the unique needs of LGBTQ families and identifies useful strategies and resources to help child welfare agencies support them at the policy, program, and practice levels. (1.5 hours)

Introduction to the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Youth Thrive Framework

Explores the Youth Thrive Protective and Promotive Factors Framework, which is designed to support agencies in their efforts to help youth achieve healthy development and well-being as well as reduce the impact of negative life experiences, including toxic stress and trauma. This webinar includes jurisdiction-specific experiences from agencies across the country that use the framework as a lens for rethinking policies, practices, training, and programming. (1.5 hours)

Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Children and Youth

Explores ways to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) children and youth with supportive messages related to sexual development, gender identity, and gender expression; discusses the impact of both affirming and harmful interventions; and reviews a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report released October 2015 entitled “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.” (1.5 hours)

CASA of Arizona Recorded Trainings Library

Addiction and Recovery - Methamphetamine Use and the Brain

Dr. James D. Stoehr presents at an annual dependency training. His scientific experience in neurobiology allows him to expand on background information about the brain and how the brain is affected by chronic use of methamphetamine. (1.5 hours) 

Attachment Challenges for Foster Children

Elizabeth Jacobs, PhD, presents “Will I Ever See You Again? – Attachment Challenges for Foster Children” for CASA of Arizona. She explores attachment and bonding issues that typically burden foster children. (1.5 hours) 

Trauma and Children

In her presentation, Skip Polluck, PhD, offers her expertise as a licensed clinical psychologist, tai chi instructor, and CASA volunteer. She helps participants understand the effects of trauma on children and suggests ideas for helping children get through it. (1.5 hours) 

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare Online Modules

Indigenous Child Welfare: The Long Emergency and a Way Forward

In this two-part module, participants will explore the findings of a scoping study on Indigenous child welfare within Turtle Island (Canada and U.S.). Findings from the scoped literature describe: the current state of the literature pertaining to child welfare with Indigenous families; why disparities persist in the involvement of Indigenous families in county, state, and provincial child welfare systems; culturally-based child protection beliefs, practices, and programs within Indigenous communities; evidence regarding the effectiveness of culturally-based child welfare programs; and challenges to widespread implementation of such culturally-based programs. (1 hour)

Parents with Disabilities in Child Welfare

This training module has three parts; each part is about 20 minutes. In part one, we talk about historical context and prevalence for parents with disabilities in child welfare. In part two, we talk about parents with disabilities and related policies. In part 3, we discuss social supports for parents with disabilities. (1 hour)

Positive Youth Development for Siblings in Foster Care

This training module describes risk, resilience and positive youth development (PYD), Camp to Belong (a brief, camp-based reunification program for sibling groups separated by foster care), and how PYD programming can support youth in foster care. (0.5 hours)

What Works for Addiction and Child Welfare?

In this module, addiction and recovery interventions and their relevance to child welfare practice are discussed. The module covers screening for problematic alcohol use and useful tools. Ultimately, what works best for addiction depends on the individual, the substance, and the social environment and this module provides an introduction for child welfare workers to learn more about what can help. (1 hour)

Kentucky CASA Network Recorded Webinar & Training Library 

2018 National CASA Conference Takeaways & Tips

The Kentucky CASA Network hosts a discussion with 2017 Volunteers of the Year Brittney Thomas (CASA of Lexington) and Suzanne Churchwell (CASA Project of McCracken County). Brittney and Suzanne attended the 2018 National CASA Conference in Boston. They are offering their takeaways and tips for other KCN volunteers and Local Program staff. (0.5 hours)

National CASA/GAL Association Recorded Webinar Library

Building Strong Families and Healthy Communities: The Safe Babies Court Team Project

Lucy Hudson, director of the Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Teams Project, provides an overview of this Zero to Three initiative, which has engaged several CASA/GAL programs across the country. You can also download a PDF version of the webinar here. (1.5 hours) 

Child Trafficking Part 1: Recognizing the Risks and Signs

This webinar was part of the Advocacy in Action webinar series, co-presented with the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Richland County CASA. Topics discussed include: Human Trafficking 101, minor sex trafficking, minor labor trafficking, calling the national hotline, and a case study review. You can also download this list of resources. (1.5 hours)

Child Trafficking Part 2: Knowledge for Working with Survivors

This webinar was part of the Advocacy in Action webinar series, co-presented with YouthSpark and Fulton County CASA. The training provides a background of the commercial sexual exploitation of children, information about potential victims and perpetrators, what mandatory reporters do, and information about CSEC Services in Georgia. You can also download the slides. (1 hour)

The Gecko Project - Championing Resiliency in Your Organization

This webinar provides an overview of an organizational model for staff and volunteer resiliency that was recently piloted by five CASA programs. The project was conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin. The presenter provides concrete examples of what worked in a CASA program and tips on becoming a “resiliency champion” in your organization. You can also download a copy of the webinar's slides here. (1.5 hours)

Mitigating Implicit Bias and Disparity in the Juvenile Court System

Learn how the court, the data, and the CASA program are working together to identify and mitigate bias and address disparity within their judicial district. This webinar provides positive, practical approaches for CASA programs and their judicial partners to collaboratively address disproportionality and disparate outcomes for foster youth. (1.5 hours) 

Parents with LBGTQ Youth - Working Toward Healthy Families

This webinar gives participants a better understanding of the connection between the behaviors of parents/caregivers and the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth. (1 hour)

Psychotropic Drugs 101: Psychedelic Shack…Is That Where It’s At?

This webinar is recommended for staff and volunteers who work with children on prescription medication or would like to know more about medications commonly prescribed to children in foster care. (2 hours) 

Substance Abuse: An Introduction to Substance Abuse as a Disorder

This is part 1 of a 3-part series addressing Substance Use Disorders, the opioid epidemic, child welfare, and a family-centered approach. Participants will become more familiar with substance abuse as a disorder, gain knowledge around the history of the disorder and the opioid epidemic, and begin to learn about the road to treatment and recovery. You can also download the slides and an FAQ sheet. (1 hour)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network E-Learning Courses

Viewing NCTSN e-learning courses requires creating a National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center account.

Attachment Vitamins: Interactive Course on Early Childhood Attachment, Stress and Trauma

This course offers ways to create a trauma lens through which providers and parents can view and better support young children as they grow and learn. In these interactive lessons, learners will walk through concepts such as understanding a child’s context, what attachment is, temperament and parenting style, trauma exposure in young children, mental health concerns, cultural considerations, and self-care tips. (0.5 hours)

The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families

This course provides information on each of the core concepts that form the theoretical foundation and act as guiding principles for The Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma. (2 hours)

Working with Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System

This online course was developed for individuals who work with birth parents involved in the child welfare system, and focuses on child welfare activities such as visitation and case management. (1 hour)

National Children's Advocacy Center Online Trainings

The NCAC Virtual Training Center (VTC) offers a wide range of FREE online training opportunities for child abuse professionals. NCACvtc includes live and archived webinars and recorded trainings.

Children with Disabilities - Challenges, Strategies, and Resources

Research and practice continues to document that the presence of a disability substantially increases the risk for child abuse. Unfortunately, most professionals who work in the field of child abuse are unprepared to work effectively with children with disabilities. The purpose of this presentation is to identify critical areas that should be addressed and provide possible strategies and resources that could be used to serve and protect this group of children, especially related to the interview process. (1 hour)

Finding Their Voice: Reasons Children Delay Disclosure of Sexual Abuse & What Factors Assist Children to Report

This online webinar will examine the science which informs our understanding of sexual abuse disclosure dynamics across the lifespan. Factors that discourage and enable disclosure will be presented and best practice recommendations for addressing delayed disclosure will be discussed. (1 hour)

Secondary Trauma

How do we know when our staff members, our volunteers, or we personally are experiencing secondary trauma?  This workshop will explore the phenomenon of secondary trauma and discuss current strategies for mitigating the secondary post-traumatic stress response. (1 hour)

Strategies for Gathering Details When Children Experience Repeated Abuse

In this workshop, attendees will be briefly introduced to the research concerning children's memories for repeated events and theoretically-guided interviewing strategies for helping children describe individual occurrences with greater specificity will be discussed. (1 hour)

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Recorded Webcasts

The Disturbing Connection Between Foster Care and Domestic Child Sex Trafficking

This webinar addresses how foster care and other out of home placements can make youth more vulnerable to child sex trafficking. It covers the lack of services and safe placements for youth, the importance of screening family members for placements, and identifying and tracking data on trafficked youth. An overview of pertinent legislation, including the Family First Prevention Services Act and its impact on placement options, as well as national reform efforts is included. (1.25 hours)

Overrepresentation of Marginalized Communities in Child Welfare

The overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare system has been an issue for decades. This webinar will explore the history of over-representation of certain communities in child welfare while examining the impact of disparity and disproportionality in child welfare cases that involve domestic violence. The webinar will also explore opportunities available today to decrease the impact of over-representation on families and children. (1 hour)

Teen Dating Violence: Cyber Abuse, Social Media, and the Courts

With more teens than ever using social media to connect with their friends, it is important that courts and court staff stay abreast of the latest trends and techniques used to abuse. Moreover, with nearly half of middle school students reporting they were victims of electronic dating violence, this webinar provides a better understanding of teen culture and the role technology plays in teen dating violence. (1 hour)

Other Recorded Webinars & Trainings

Adoption vs Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Making Informed Decisions (NEW)

When children in kinship foster care are ready to exit the system to permanent families with relatives, the families need to decide whether to adopt or secure guardianship of the child. This webinar provides information about each option, how they differ and trends in state laws as they impact these options. It highlights a new resource from Generations United created with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and other state-specific tools for helping families. (1.5 hours - Kinship Care)

Children’s Justice Act Task Force Training Modules

Kentucky’s Children’s Justice Act Task Force Orientation and Training focuses on orienting task force members to the purpose, composition, and function of CJA and training task force members to work successfully improving the handling of child maltreatment cases, strengthening the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, reducing trauma to child abuse victims, and promoting interagency collaboration. There are four modules: (1) The CAPTA and Other Federal and State Child Welfare Laws, (2) Children's Justice Act Task Force 101, (3) Child Maltreatment, and (4) Kentucky's Child Welfare System. To complete these modules, you will need to create a free account. (2 hours)

Coping with the Unique Challenges of Kinship Care

More than 139,000 children in foster care are living in kinship placements and thousands more are in informal kinship care arrangements. As child welfare systems increasingly prioritize placing children with relatives, the Casey Foundation has created a video training series - Coping With the Unique Challenges of Kinship Care - as a resource for kin caregivers and the child welfare workers who support them. Therapist and trainer Joseph Crumbley hosts the sessions. (1.5 hours)

Understanding Substance Abuse Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals (Tutorial 2)

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare has created this tutorial. You will need to sign up for a free access key to participate. This tutorial informs child welfare professionals about alcohol and drug addiction and its impact on parenting, provides engagement strategies, describes the treatment and recovery process for families affected by substance use disorders, provides information on the services needed by children whose parents have substance use disorders, and highlights methods of improving collaboration among substance use treatment providers, the child welfare system, and the court system. (4.5 hours)

Texas CASA Webinars

Some webinars require creating a CASA college account.

Addressing Issues of Grief & Loss for Children in Foster Care

This webinar offers specific and practical strategies and insights to strengthen your advocacy for children experiencing grief and loss. This webinar was presented by Adam Robe, CEO, Foster Care Alumni of America and Speaker/Trainer/Author at Robe Communications, Inc. (1 hour)

Advocacy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

This hour-long continuing education training features speakers Dr. Jon Bergeron and Shelly Bergeron discussing best practices in advocacy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and family members involved in the child welfare system. (1 hour)

Communicating with Children

This webinar is presented by Adam Robe, CEO, Foster Care Alumni of America and Speaker/Trainer/Author at Robe Communications, Inc. It is important to understand what children hope for, feel and think. It is equally important to help children understand who you are and what your role as a CASA volunteer is in their lives. Gain new skills and relation-building strategies. (1 hour)

Mental Health Advocacy for Children in Foster Care

This webinar was presented by Lynda E. Frost, J.D., Ph.D., Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Frost talked about the mental health advocacy in relation to trauma, behavior management and other mental health issues that CASA volunteers should be aware of. (1 hour)