Copy of Calendar of Events-11-2015


Must be registered in advance for the CASA Advocate Class to attend sessions

Sessions are held at Gander Mountain, Washington Crown Center

6 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.
30 pt bold

  5     CASA Advocate Class # 1 22 pt
Chapter 1 – Introducing the CASA volunteer role  18 B
Welcome, understanding child abuse & neglect, principles & concepts that guide
CASA volunteer work, looking ahead, Harris-Price case
Presented by: CASA Staff  18 not bold
Homework – please read Chapter 2

 7     CASA Advocate Class # 2
Chapter 2 – Introducing Children and Youth Services and introducing the law
A discussion about what CYS does, the departments of CYS, and the role of the caseworker.  
In the law section, we will discuss the development of child abuse & neglect laws, the roles in a juvenile court case, time frames for hearings and more.
Presented by: Jane Zupancic of Washington County Children and Youth Services, and Jessica Roberts, Washington County Juvenile Hearing Master  
Homework – please review Chapter 3

12    CASA AdvocateClass# 3
Chapter 3 – Developing Cultural Competence
Diversity, cultural heritage, personal values, culturally competent child advocacy, developing an action plan.
Presented by: CASA Staff
Homework – please review Chapter 4

14    CASA Advocate Class # 4
Chapter 4 – Understanding Families – Part 1 
Family strengths, understanding families through culture, stress in families, risk factors for child abuse & neglect, the impact of mental illness on children & families, the impact of domestic violence on children & families.
Presented by: Courtney Korpus of Domestic Violence Services of S.W. PA and CASA Staff
Homework – please read Chapter 5

19    CASA Advocate Class # 5
Chapter 5 – Understanding Families – Part 2
The impact of substance abuse/addiction on children & families, poverty – the facts for children, importance of family to a child.
Presented by: Kira Lopresto of Greenbriar and CASA Staff 
Homework – please read Chapter 6

21    CASA Advocate Class # 6
Chapter 6 – Understanding Children
We will see a video regarding Shaken Baby Syndrome and learn about the ages and stages of children and gain information on Early Intervention Evaluations. Kelley will discuss other issues regarding children.
Presented by: The Washington Communities Early Intervention Team 
and Kelley Swift, CASA Board President.
Homework – please read Chapter 7

26    CASA Advocate Class # 7
Chapter 7 – Communication 
Developing communication skills, communicating with children, dealing with conflict, understanding confidentiality.
Presented by: CASA Staff
Homework – please read Chapter 8

28    CASA Advocate Class # 8
Chapter 8 – Gathering Information 
How a CASA advocate is appointed to a case, planning the investigation & gathering information, a successful advocate interview, investigating a case, and utilizing community resources.
Presented by: CASA Staff
Homework – please read Chapter 9 & 10

  2    CASA Advocate Class # 9
Chapter 9 & 10 – Reporting and Monitoring a Case and Pulling It All Together 
Writing court reports & making effective recommendations, appearing in court, monitoring a case and pulling it all together.
Presented by: CASA Staff

  4    CASA Advocate Class # 10
Case Study- class will be joined by current CASA Advocates 
Small group discussion and input into investigating and making recommendations for a sample case
Dinner will be provided for this session

18    CASA Board Meeting
7:30 p.m.
CASA Office

 9     CASA Holiday Party 
CASA volunteers and board members
Al's Cafe, Bethel Park
5  p.m. to ?




15    Chefs for CASA
Bella Sera Event Venue, Canonsburg, PA
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