On this page you will find the required Activities for each week of the Moodle work along with a PDF version of the Volunteer Manual. You can contact the Training team anytime by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful Information for Online Training
- Please log in to class on time. If you are late, it is your responsibility to communicate with the trainers and secure any information you may have missed.
- We will take a break during class, but please feel free to step away briefly if you need to.
- While there will be times we will have you on Mute, please try to participate in a quiet place for those times you are unmuted.
- Even though you are not in a classroom, it’s vital that you focus on the trainers, content, and your fellow trainees. Avoid your cell phone or other distractions.
- We highly recommend checking your casamercer email on a regular basis to ensure you receive any important information during your time in training (and afterward), and so you receive your Zoom invitation for each training class.
Here is the link to access the Moodle https://casa.mrooms3.net/login/index.php
On the login page, you will enter your username – which is your first initial and last name (unless I tell you otherwise).
The password is training.
Below are the Subjects for each week and a link to the descriptions of the Activities. Please use the Activities Link that is in the Moodle, as this has all of the additional links you will need for each discussion. There are also videos that are on the Moodle that are essential for training. The links provided here give you an overview of each activity, but the full activities are on the Moodle.
Week 1 Online: Introduction to the CASA role, Child Welfare. Best Interest and Minimum Sufficient Level of Care, Introduction to the Court Report
Please complete all the activities and discussion questions for Week 1. Please remember to respond to classmates when required.
Week 2 Online: Strengths, Weaknesses and Resource vs. Deficit Lens; Stress; Abuse and Neglect; Understanding Mental Illness; and Poverty
Please complete all the activities and discussion questions for Week 2. Please remember to respond to classmates when required.
Week 3 Online: Disproportionality in the System; Domestic Violence; Substance Abuse; Trauma
Please complete all the activities and discussion questions for Week 3. Please remember to respond to classmates when required.
Week 4 Online: Permanence and Aging Out; Culture and Stereotyping; LGBTQ; Bullying
Please complete all the activities and discussion questions for Week 4. Please remember to respond to classmates when required.
Week 5 Online: The Redd Case
For the Redd Case – you will be doing Activity 5.1 – you will be reading the Redd case and writing a report. This report will be submitted directly to the trainer at email@example.com, NOT uploaded onto the Moodle. The trainer will review and send it back to you.
For Activity 5.2 – please only think of questions you would like a volunteer to answer and post them in the parking lot. We are NOT going to Peer Review the reports.
Parking Lot, Expectations, Group Agreements
Brief Recap of Online portion
Volunteer Do’s and Don’ts
Children in Court
How Children Develop
Child Abuse and Neglect
Case Study – The Greene Case (This is not required reading before class)
Court report writing
Childhood Trauma and Resilience
Case Study – The Lavender Case (This is not required reading before class)
Court Report Writing
Culture and Diversity
Case Study – The Amarillo Case (This is not required reading before class)
Advocating for Older Youth
The Redd Case – you will be doing this prior to class
Baseline Rubric Information
Where to find support
Suggested Practice: Optima
These practices will not be graded, and are not due by any date within the cycle. This is a chance to become familiar with Optima, our case management system, since you will use it often as a CASA volunteer. Feel free to explore all of Optima and try making changes in the practice site. Have fun getting to know Optima!