Continuing Education

Heartland CASA offers a monthly opportunity for volunteers to earn their twelve hours of continuing education each year.  

Lunch and Learns: Every other month we  host a speaker at our office over the lunch hour. Lunch is provided and the speakers cover a variety of topics pertaining to the work of our volunteers. 

Coffee with CASA: Every other month our volunteers have the opportunity to meet at a local coffee shop in Grand Island to discuss their cases and provide advice and feedback with fellow volunteers. 

Heartland CASA Library: At any time you are able to come to the office and check one of the many books we have in our CASA Library (the list of books we have is provided on this web page). We also order a new book every other month to add to our library. In order to get Continuing Education Credit you have to turn in a book report along with the book. You will receive 1 hour credit per 100 pages. 

Other opportunities for volunteers to earn their 12 continuing education hours include:
 
College Courses: One college course per semester counts for one hour per credit given for the course. Volunteers submit the syllabus and a letter to the Heartland CASA office for credit.

Community Conferences: Community service providers like the Early Development Network offer helpful conferences volunteers can attend. Volunteers will receive periodic emails when conferences are announced with information about how to register, topics, etc.

Nebraska CASA Conference: Local programs from around Nebraska gather usually in the Spring for a day of speakers, information, and exchange of ideas. Volunteers who attend receive continuing education credit for the hours the conference runs.

National CASA Conference: Heartland CASA volunteers are invited to join hundreds of their peers and national CASA personnel in Atlanta, Georgia, May 31 - June 4, 2019. It is a great opportunity to network and come home re-energized to help vulnerable children find safety and permanency.  Some scholarship money is available to help advocates attend.

Through the Eyes of the Child: Another source of training is "Through the Eyes of the Child.” This organization provides seminars and lecture series on pertinent subjects that professionals in the child welfare system face each day. Check out training sessions at http://www.throughtheeyes.org/. Prior to registration, please contact the Heartland CASA office. If training is more than 50 miles from Grand Island, mileage reimbursement is authorized.