As a CASA, you are required to complete 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per calendar year. CEUs can take many forms. The following are suggestions that could count towards CEUs, if they are relevant to your CASA work:
• In-Services or other educational lectures (1 unit per hour) – In-service dates are announced through the CASA newsletter
• Books (3 units)
• Movies (1 unit)
All CEU submissions go through Optima. Please be prepared to write a brief review.
Click here for a library of articles, publications, and webinars that enhance your ability to stand up for the needs and rights of abused and neglected children, in the courtroom and other settings.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The author offers a blow-by-blow description of growing up with parents whose capacity for loving their children is greater than their ability to care for them.
Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra
Five siblings survive childhood abuse, foster care and homelessness on Long Island.
A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
A controversial memoir describing horrific abuse sustained by the author as a child, before he was finally rescued by an astute teacher.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
A communication tool kit that emphasizes cooperation and mutual problem-solving.
Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice.
Three More Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
In this sequel, Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with a family she’s created, and her efforts to make peace with her past.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Between 1854 and 1929, “orphan trains” ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck.