In-Service Recorded Trainings & Webinars
This section offers suggestions for recorded trainings and webinars that volunteers can watch for in-service training hours. The recordings indicate the number of applicable in-service hours and include a brief summary of the topics covered.
Upon completion of any of the in-service training opportunities listed below, document your experience by completing the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form. You will automatically receive a copy of your responses, which you should then forward to your Local Program for its in-service training 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. The webinars listed are recommended for in-service credit. Each webinar indicates the number of hours that should be submitted. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form after watching each webinar.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form after watching each webinar.
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)
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)
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
CASA of Arizona has created recordings of live trainings that are recommended for in-service credit. The links to these recordings are listed below, as well as the number of in-service credit hours that can be applied for each one. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form after watching each training.
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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
The recorded webinars and trainings listed are recommended for in-service credit. The in-service credit is indicated by each webinar. You can also find most of these recordings on the KCN YouTube Channel. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form after watching each webinar.
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
The webinars listed are recommended for in-service credit. The in-service credit is indicated by each webinar. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form after watching each webinar.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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. The in-service credit is indicated by each webinar. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form after watching each webinar.
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form after watching and/or participating in each training.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)