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Online In-Service Training

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CASA of New Jersey is committed to providing CASA volunteers throughout the state with education and information to support your efforts as a child advocate. Knowing the time that you commit to your cases, we responded to the need for online in-service learning options to complete the required in-service training hours.

As a participant in CASA of NJ online in-service training program you:

  • have access to training courses at your convenience. They are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • can complete a course in one sitting, or in segments if you only have a few minutes.
  • will receive credit towards fulfilling the annual in-service training hours required by your CASA program.
  • can view online courses with a PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet.
  • will be notified via email when additional courses become available (always check your “spam” or “junk” folders if not in your inbox).

The courses are developed specifically for CASAs, interactive and intended to be engaging and informative.

If you do not have access to the online training courses and are a member of the New Jersey CASA network, please contact Edie Grauer at egrauer@casaofnj.org to gain access. Include with your message the following information:

  1. First and last name.
  2. The name of the CASA office you are affiliated with.
  3. The email address you use for CASA.
  4. Indicate if you are an advocate, trustee, or staff.
  5. The subject line should be “CASA Online Course Request”.

Once you are registered you will receive notices from Traliant and CASA of New Jersey about new and upcoming courses.

Available Courses

The Impact of Trauma on a Child’s Developing Brain

Release date: June 10, 2019
This one-hour course explores trauma, brain development and how it is impacted by trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and why this topic is important for CASAs. You will learn to recognize symptoms of traumatized individuals as well as how CASAs can help children impacted by trauma.

This course meets 1-hour of the annual in-service training requirement for CASAs. Funded by a grant from The Provident Bank Foundation

 

Courtroom Procedure and Terminology

Release date: Sept. 27, 2019
This one-hour course is designed to help advocates understand the court process, purpose of the various hearings, each party’s role, and possible outcomes for children in NJ’s child welfare system. It explains common terminology used in court hearings, court orders and reports in the child welfare system.

This course meets 1-hour of the annual in-service training requirement for CASAs.
Funded by a grant from The Provident Bank Foundation.

 

Opioid Addiction and Its Destructive Impact on Children

Release date: January 15, 2020

This 90-minute course will orient you to the origins of the current opioid epidemic, and highlights the impact of parental opioid use on children. It concludes with resource information to enable you to better advocate for children in care.

This course meets 1½ hours of the annual in-service training requirement for CASAs.

Funded by a grant from the NJ Judiciary – Children in Court Improvement Grant

 

Individual Education Plans and the Special Education System

Release date: March 25, 2020
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This 90-minute in-service training course will provide participants with knowledge about the special education system, the development of IEP’s, alternatives to special education, a better understanding of the role of a CASA in this process and how to better advocate in this arena.

This course meets 1½ hours of the annual in-service training requirement for CASAs.
Funded by a grant from the NJ Judiciary – Children in Court Improvement Grant.

 

Educational Advocacy – NEW

Release date: March 15, 2021
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This 90-minute course will provide participants with information on issues, laws, tools and resources to provide the critical educational advocacy for the children you work on behalf of.

The goals of this course are:

  • Provide learners with the tools, knowledge, and ability to take an active role in  ensuring that the educational needs of children in placement are met, and that all children in care are receiving an education that will maximize their potential.
  • Enable CASAs to identify problem areas and potential issues with regard to their assigned child’s education, and to know where to find appropriate professional support when needed.
  • Ensure that CASAs are able to provide the Court with information regarding the child’s educational progress and needs, as well as recommendations that help to ensure that those needs are being met.

This course meets 1½ hours of the annual in-service training requirement for CASAs.

 

Early Childhood Development
Ages 0 – 5 and Early Intervention – NEW

Release date: March 29, 2021
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This 90-minute course will orient you to the general characteristics of healthy child development, developmental challenges children in foster care might experience, and early intervention services in New Jersey and how to access them.  It highlights the ways CASA advocates might support children and foster families or other out-of-home placements with resources and action steps to support healthy child development.

After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand child development as distinct phases and milestones that are unique to each child.
  • Identify healthy development patterns during the first five years based on cognitive, social emotional and physical development.
  • Understand how child abuse and neglect can affect a child’s healthy growth and development; you will learn the tools, strategies, and techniques to observe both healthy development and atypical patterns with children in foster care.
  • Understand developmental red flags of impending problems and the ways you can advocate for evaluation and intervention resources on behalf of the child should concerns arise.

This course meets 1½ hours of the annual in-service training requirement for CASAs.

 

Sponsors

We are grateful to the following sponsors who without their support CASA of New Jersey’s online in-service training could not be provided.