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Our CASA Volunteers are the heart of our program. In order for them to become certified to advocate for the best interests of a child, our volunteers go through 33 hours of training.

This training prepares new CASA volunteers for what they will see while on a child’s case. We prepare them for dealing with issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and much more.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer please check to see if the below training dates fit within your schedule and apply here.

Training Schedule:  January 26th – February 6th, 2019


Joliet, IL

Saturday, January 26th
9 AM – 4 PM
Welcome / Introductions
Juvenile Law
CASA Overview
Tuesday,  January 29th

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Cycle of Abuse
The Impact of Trauma on Childhood Development
Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
Thursday, January 31st
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
What to do Before, During and After You Meet Your Child
Verbal v. Nonverbal Communication
Saying the Right Thing v. Doing the Right Thing
Developing Rapport/Gaining Trust
Saturday, February 2nd
9 AM – 4 PM
Cultural Competency
Gathering Information
Writing the Court Report
Tuesday, February 5th
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Impact of Substance Abuse
Mental Illness Awareness
Continuing Education Units
Wednesday, February 6th
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
CASA Advocate Panel
Tour of River Valley

Funding for this project has been provided in part by the County through the use of Community Development Block Grant funds made available by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

2019 Training Dates



26, 29, 31, 2, 5, 6